Day Camp 4 Developers #4 : Business 101
Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CST)
Topic: Business 101
Whether you are a freelancer, a moonlighter or a dedicated member of a team, your business skills come into play every day. Day Camp 4 Developers #4: Business 101 will help you hone those skills. Our 6 speakers will present from their real-life experiences as they help you sharpen your existing skills as well and learn new ones.
Date: March 3rd, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CST
We will be using FuzeMeeting.com. This means you can participate from your computer - Windows, Linux or OSX - or your iOS device.
Whether you want to participate live or get the videos and watch later, you still get six hours of great content for $40.
Host an office party!
Got 2 friends who also want to attend, get togehter and have an Office Party. Actually, we don't care if you all work together or if you are a local User Group and want to share the experience, any group of 3 or more can save by getting the Office Party ticket. The Office Party ticket gets you one connection into the conference. Grab a laptop, projector and a group of friends and make a day of it.
Meet the Camp Counselors
Lorna Jane Mitchell: Time and Money
You've heard the saying "Time is Money", and it's great advice for anyone looking to make a living working for themselves. Freelancers need to have a good grasp of both time and money in order to make their businesses work; raw talent isn't enough (although it helps!). Time means knowing what you should be doing today, what you did three weeks ago on Thursday, and when and whom you can bill for what. Money means billing the right rate and then actually getting your invoice paid. If you think paperwork is a drag then you're in great company; I often hear that comment, and I felt the same way when I went independent - but I soon learned to think differently! This session looks at time and money as separate entities and gives tips for handling both from the point of view of a software developer who learned to love the business numbers.
Jacques Woodcock: So you want to be Self Employed
Working full-time for "the man" and dreading waking up every morning to make that horrible commute into that crappy office? Tired of constantly going home after a day's work saying to yourself, "I so could run this company better."? Or are you just some one with so much passion you know your company is holding you back so you are considering walking the plank into full time self employment? Who ever you are, there are a few things to consider before making that life changing decision and in my talk we will get into what things should be considered, finally what makes the move successful and finally what some realities there are to face.
Thursday Bram: Planning Your Business for the Long Term
You may think to yourself that you're a developer — as long as you do good work, your freelance career or business is going to grow no matter what else you do. But to keep moving forward, you've got to have a solid plan. You need to not only have goals that will make sure your efforts are on track, but that lays out what you're going to have to do beyond write awesome code. This session will break down the basics of creating a plan for your business, including setting goals and getting access to the resources you need to carry out that plan.
Tara Aaron: Put It In writing: Why good clear written agreements are important for developers and their clients
Contracts are not just about boilerplate legalese. We'll talk about how a good written contract can save you money, make you money, and make you and your clients much happier. Topics will include how IP ownership can be affected by contract language, guidelines for the most important provisions to get into your contract, and real life examples of what happens when the contract isn't clear.
John Mertic: Is it good for the company?
One challenge that many new CS grads come into direct contact with on entering the workforce is learning to reconcile their technical skills with the realities of their employer. For example, most technical folks when encountered with an old, aging, and/or decrepit application system will counter with the knee-jerk reaction of a rip and replace or a complete application re-write. But that solution may not make business sense, as the costs of such a move could outweigh the benefits. There are many other situations like this where combining technical skills with business intuition can help drive forward projects and advance your career. In this talk, I'll give pointers and direction on how to improve your business soft skills by learning how to decipher and deal with corporate culture.
Paul M. Jones: Career and Life Management
There is a lot more to your development career than your editor, server, and language of choice. This talk will cover the "softer" side of your career, including topics such as negotiation and presentation, insuring yourself against the unexpected, building a stable platform for your "real" life, and standing up to bad bosses.