Geek Contraxioms: 7 Ways to Work Better with Developers

Event date: 
February 9, 2012 - 9:00pm - 11:30pm
CityGrid Media
8833 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
United States
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Event description: 

Bring your favorite developer, programmer or engineer to this special evening of fun and useful revelation. You will learn how to get more done together by adjusting to each other’s innate ways of thinking and communicating. In the end, you’ll be able to better articulate your value as a UX professional. Everyone knows that UX helps in bridging the gap between tech folks and just about everyone else. After this workshop, you’ll really be able to describe your important role.

You’ll discover:
• How mismatched assumptions lead to serious obstacles at work
• What seemingly trivial behaviors trigger massive roadblocks

• What small adjustments can make a huge difference in creating great product
• How important UX is in helping people, with different world views, work together more effectively

You’ll experience:

• A series of big aha moments, listening to the two presenters explain and enact the divide of technical and non-technical folks

• Exercises that reveal, release and resolve hidden dysfunction

• Practice new, more productive approaches of working together

About the presenters:

Paul Glen is the CEO of the Leading Geeks Company, an education and consulting firm devoted to unlocking the value of technical people. He is known worldwide as a Computerworld columnist and as an award-winning author.  His book “Leading Geeks: How to Manage and Lead People Who Deliver Technology” received several book awards including the Financial Times Germany International Book Prize.

Maria McManus is the VP of Program Development for Leading Geeks. She has spent 17 years working in close collaboration with technical people. Her experience includes being a Vice President of Usability and Product Development at iVillage and Director of User Experience Strategy and Design at the Disney Internet and Media Group.

About the venue:

CityGrid is the leading online local media company that connects businesses and consumers everywhere local happens. CityGrid Media provides an environment that’s strategic and innovative, diverse, supportive and collaborative, and most of all, fun! At CityGrid you: interact with smart people, work closely in small teams of very talented people that make a difference in the world – feel good at the end of the day!


This will fill up quickly. Space is limited to 60 people. Grab a seat while they last!
Drinks and mingling start at 7:00PM. The event will start promptly at 7:30PM, so please be on time.

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Parking details:
Free valet parking is first come, first serve.  Metered parking on Sunset — PLEASE BE CAREFUL PARKING ON SIDE STREETS, THEY TOW!  There is a paid public lot on Sunset 1 block east.

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22 Jan 2012 - 12:34pm

I see that the event date is for 9-11:30 but start time is listed as 7:30. Is this accurate?

24 Jan 2012 - 3:48pm

Yes, you can update your time zone here: Click on your name in the top left and then select Edit. Scroll all the way down untill you see Locale Settings, then select America/LosAngeles as your time zone.

Hope to see you there!

23 Jan 2012 - 4:42am
Yohan Creemers

The event date is shown in your time zone (as defined in your profile settings).

It's safer to rely on the start time in the event descripion: doors open at 7pm, program starts at 7:30.

- Yohan

8 Feb 2012 - 10:06pm

Have to bow out :-/

9 Feb 2012 - 11:57am

Oh, no! Well, we hope to see you at the next event!

8 Feb 2012 - 2:27pm

Is this going to be webcasted live or recorded? I'm down in San Diego but I'd like to watch this remotely, if possible.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00pm

Hi Aaron,


Unfortunately no, we won't be having video. I'll see if I can get that arranged out for our next events. Sorry for the inconvenience. Hope you can make the next event!

8 Feb 2012 - 10:28pm
Marjorie Kaye

Looking forward to this!


9 Feb 2012 - 10:25pm
traffic was just too awful. Couldn't make it in time. Hopefully next time.
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