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AIM Heartland Developer Conference is the region’s best developer & designer conference covering the latest trends, techniques, technologies, and best practices in software design and development.

As a conference attendee you have access to all sessions (on Thursday and Friday) so you can plan your own custom itinerary. There is a separate fee of $50 for workshop sessions held on Wednesday, September 7.  

Schedule is subject to change.

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Wednesday, September 7 • 8:30am - 12:00pm
Learning Feedback with LEGO: The Building Blocks of Giving and Receiving Feedback - Morning Workshop

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You dread your annual review time. You cringe at retrospectives. You wince in the face of a 360 Review. You don't like feedback - and you're not alone. Receiving feedback is hard, and when we ask for help with it we just get more feedback. On top of that, your brain doesn't like feedback, and it has some sneaky tricks it uses to convince you to argue about, pick apart, or even outright ignore that feedback. But there's hope - you can fight your brain and win!

This workshop will use LEGO to help teach you the following: the types of feedback and when to use them; how to structure a feedback conversation for maximum benefit; what are the questions you should be asking at each step in the conversation; what a feedback trigger is and how to recognize, defuse, and redirect those triggers; and more! By the end of the workshop you should be able to face even the most brutal peer review with a straight face (though maybe not a smile).

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Arthur Doler

Speaker, Techorama
Arthur (or Art, take your pick) has been a software engineer for 11 years and has worked on things as exciting as analysis software for casinos and things as boring as banking websites. He is an advocate for talking openly about psychology and mental health in the technical world... Read More →

Wednesday September 7, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm CDT
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