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How web developers work... and what they wish you knew

Guardian Masterclasses

Monday, July 22, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

How web developers work... and what they wish you knew

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Good communication between management and techies makes the difference between a website or app that makes your company money and one that loses it customers. But the culture divide between the two sides means it isn’t always easy. This course covers the working methods, jargon and needs of developers, to help you brief and manage them correctly, and avoid unnecessary tension between the business parts of an organisation and the mysterious, headphone-wearing coders.

Led by Matt Andrews, lead client-side web developer responsible for the Guardian’s Facebook app, this evening talk with Q&A is essential for anyone working closely with digital development teams, commissioning digital projects from third parties, or who just wants to gain greater insight into how developers work today.


This course covers the essentials of dealing with developers, including effective briefing, project management techniques and technical information to help you understand the world of coding more fully.

- We are not IT: What really annoys developers
- Give us the problems: How to brief your development team
- Essential jargon (and how to translate it)
- The development process: product and agile methodology
- Overview of different languages and types of software
- How developers work: avoiding meetings, asynchronous communication, and wearing headphones


The lead tutor is Matt Andrews, a lead client-side web developer at the Guardian. Matt has worked at the Guardian for over two years and has worked on products including the Guardian's Facebook app (12 million installs and counting) and the new, work-in-progress mobile website using responsive design techniques. You can find out a bit more about Matt via his personal site (mattandrews.info) or on twitter at @mattpointblank.

Date: Monday 22 July 2013

Times: 6.30pm-9.30pm

Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU

Price: £39 (includes VAT, booking fees and refreshments)

Event capacity: 100

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Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Monday, July 22, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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