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How to work with web developers
Monday, April 28, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (BST)
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.
Max Harlow is a server-side developer at the Guardian. Since joining a year and a half ago he has worked on both the Guardian's new editorial tools as well as the Content API that is currently powering the new responsive site and other applications. He tweets occasionally at @maxharlow.
Date: Tuesday 18 February 2014
Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 9GU
Course price: £39 (includes VAT, booking fees and refreshments)
Event capacity: 80