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Business Dilemma: Effective Tech Team Management

  • Apr 24, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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This event targets business owners, project managers, managers, product owners, tech gone management, developers, and other stakeholders. 

One of the best known gripes in the tech world is that business people don't understand the needs of developers. Business people on the other hand feel there may often be a disconnect between them and their workforce.

In this presentation we will explore the work place from a developer's perspective, and shed light to business people how to improve their EQ with respect to developers.

We will see how there are many simple things we can implement today that do not require an MBA or reading dozens of book. It's simple and effective.

The goal of this presentation is to bridge the disconnect that exists between management and tech people. This is more prevalent in enterprise, but I'm sure we will learn from discussions with the audience where this exists.


Bridging Tech & Business Disconnect 
Key issues at the heart of the disconnect
* Who's who
* Who should be doing what
* How both sides can help each other

The above topic presented by the following speaker: 

Milan Adamovsky
Front-End development evangelist at Bloomberg with over 15+ years of professional experienced in end-to-end development, entrepreneurship, and technology management.  Brings perspectives from a wide range of hands-on experiences in over a dozen companies.

"Say NO"
How saying No has helped his team to
* prioritize tasks
* successfully achieve its goals
* collaborating with a diverse array of stakeholders

The above topic presented by the following speaker:

Christopher Hazlett
As Gilt's Director, Back Office Systems, Christopher Hazlett is in charge of all the systems and teams that run Gilt's business. Before joining Gilt, he worked at Tunecore and a software consulting firm. He has degrees from Penn State and Rutgers.

Business + Engineering = Customers
Without customers, we're all just a bunch of guys in a room
* Breaking down barriers and trading places
* Getting to a common goal
* What you can learn from children in dealing with clients

The above topic presented by the two following speakers:

Vadim Revzin
Early stage sales expert turned product manager with a passion for running effective teams. He's launched software for 3 of his own startups and helped manage a team of 5 engineers on a product used by some of New York's top publishers.

Sergei Revzin
An early employee or founder at 5 startups, focusing on revenue generation. After trying his hand at C++ as a teen he decided to take a back seat to coding and work with more talented engineers to launch several consumer and B2B apps.

Third Party Staffing Perspective 
Maher will be discussing the importance of understanding the business purpose within Management and IT to better perform as a whole. He will touch on the business struggles he has seen and how important collaboration is to maintain the top talent.
* The importance of collaboration between tech and business leaders – create unified vision; seamless team work 
* Transparent understanding when working with service providers – how this benefits both talent and employers 
*  Identification and retention of IT talent – Identifying the right people for the right purpose  

The above topic presented by the following speaker: 

Maher Atta

Maher Atta is the Director of Business and Operations at TEKsystems NYC. He has over 16 years of experience in IT staffing and services. Maher is currently responsible for the people, customer and operational strategy for over 150 customers and over 500 technical professionals . He has lead several offices including Greensboro, NC, Roanoke, VA, Hartford, CT, Fairfield, CT, Albany, and currently NYC.

* 6:00pm - 10:00pm

* 6:00pm : Networking Hour / Drinks / Food
* 7:00pm : Intro / Milan Adamovsky
* 8:00pm : Break
* 8:10pm : Vadim & Sergei Revzin
* 8:40pm : Break
* 8:50pm : Christopher Hazlett
* 9:20pm : Break
* 9:30pm : Maher Atta
* 9:50pm : Break

Skill Level 
* All


* TEKSystems

Our sponsor will provide food and drinks to all attendees. Please join us in being appreciative of the venue space and refreshments offered by TEKSystems at no cost to our community. Your RSVP is important for our sponsor to ensure enough food will be available to everyone - so please honor your RSVP and keep it updated.

Please arrive on time, and keep questions to the end of the presentation in order to ensure that we get through all the material so that nobody gets short changed on this presentation.

This presentation is open to every skill level.

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  • Janice K.

    Another excellent content filled Meetup thanks to Milan and all speakers.

    April 25, 2014

  • Jimmy C.

    Great meet up Milan, hopefully you won't wait so long for your next one ...

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Milan

    The topic is very big and complex so i hope i provided a good smorgasboard for everyone to pick at and take from it what applies to their situation. I was glad to see so many business people come out ... It shows that you take your relationships with your developers seriously and want to invest in trying out different strategies to retain happy developers. Also glad to have seen so many developers come out, relate and validate the information. If we were able to influence both sides for a common good, i think we have achieved to begin bridging the gap and learn how to be on the same page more consistently.

    6 · April 25, 2014

    • Matthew S.

      Excellent talks that covered a lot of ground. Very thought provoking. They actually triggered a few ideas for improvements at my company that I'm hoping to implement soon. Thanks so much for putting this event together.

      2 · April 25, 2014

    • Vadim

      Thanks for coming out Matthew, glad you enjoyed it! Milan - appreciate you putting this together and surfacing an important topic in our space. Looking forward to attending in the future!

      2 · April 25, 2014

  • Milan

    At the bottom of our event description I have attached a photo of the entrance to the theater for your reference.

    April 23, 2014

  • Milan

    Good to see we have 200 RSVPs ! No worries, the theatre is big enough to hold all of us :) Make sure to continue sharing this event with your networks !

    3 · April 21, 2014

  • Milan

    Getting excited about this ! The speakers and their bio will be posted here shortly.

    March 11, 2014

  • Manuel A.


    March 7, 2014

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