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Announcing Day Camp 4 Developers #3

Day Camp 4 Developers

Day Camp 4 DevelopersDear Reader,

We are really, REALLY pleased to announce that the third Day Camp 4 Developers has now been announced and tickets are now on sale. This time around, the theme is Project Management.

We’ve added a speaker this time around for a total of six and did away with the lunch break. We discovered that since we were a virtual conference, our lunch break fell at odd times if you weren’t actually in Central Time Zone – and a lot of participants weren’t. So we filled that with an additional talk.

Details:
When: October 1st, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM CT
Where: On-line

Here’s the speaker lineup for Day Camp 4 Developers #3: Project Management.

  • Brian Prince: Hands on Agile Practices
  • Thursday Brahm: How Freelancers Can Use Project Management to Make Clients Happier than They’ve Ever Been Before
  • Rob Allen: Getting a website out of the door
  • Keith Casey: Project Management is more than Todo Lists
  • Elizabeth Naramore: Dealing with Difficult People
  • Paul M. Jones: Estimating and Expectations

We are excited about this day-long event and how you will be too. Join us, get your tickets today!

Until next time.
I <3 |<
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I have a new project, Day Camp 4 Developers!

The pitch

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The second one, however, was a just someone trying to find PHP developers for his team. Since he wrote me a nice email asking advice, I decided to reply in kind. Three pages and one thousand words later, he had my answer. (Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be this long) I share it here with you – slightly edited to remove some geographically specific advice that probably won’t apply to you – in hopes that when you are in the same position you can get a head start in finding good developers.
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One of the few downsides to planning a conference though is that any given Call for Papers usually generates a nine to one ratio of proposals to speaking slots. Do the math and you will see that for every one person I get to make happy, eight more think I am a total douche, or worse. I call the email’s “Dear John’s” because “rejection letters” seems so ugly. No matter what you call them though, it is never a happy time.
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