Abstracts

How to be a Leader

What is leadership? The terms gets thrown around a lot, but what it is really? What do leaders do that makes them leaders? Leadership can be learned and that is good as leaders are in high demand and in short supply. To be an effective leader, you must first understand what leadership is and what traits a leader exhibits.

During this session we will review leadership traits and principles and how you can implement them within your teams. By demonstrating these in your daily activities you will earn the respect, confidence, and loyal cooperation of those on your team.

Secrets to Conflict Resolution

One of the most challenging aspects of being a manager is dealing with conflict amongst your team. It’s vital to productivity to get the team running like a well-oiled machine, even in face of adversity. Improving your relationships with your coworkers, clients, and managers and find your way through conflict back to cooperation. This session will provide you with the secrets of effective conflict resolution and how to prevent conflicts from ever starting.

Taking Care of Your Flock

Employees who feel valued and appreciated by their leaders are infinitely more likely to go above and beyond for the company and hold themselves accountable for their part of a project. Most importantly, they will be happier in their roles. If leaders disregard the importance of connecting with employees, they lose the benefit of a dedicated long-term team. During this session we will discuss 11 simple ways to show your employees that you actually care about them. Implementing these will provide you with better employees which in turn will make your projects more successful and that in turn will make you more successful and happy.

A Project Manager’s Look into Running a Software Development Conference

Code PaLOUsa was founded several years ago by a group of software industry professionals that had a vision of a grand software conference in their hometown. Little did they know just what they got themselves into, but since then Code PaLOUsa has seen tremendous growth and is one of those annual events you just cannot miss. Just what exactly goes into planning, preparing, executing, and closing down a conference event? This is what Chad Green, Code PaLOUsa’s founder and conference chair, will talk about during this presentation. Chad will take you through what it took to get the event off the ground along with the processes and tools used to manage the event. Through this case study you will see how a project manager was able to improve his “day job” by taking on a different kind of project.

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