Web Afternoon

The Event for People Who Love the Web

Dec. 5, 2014 • Wells Fargo Auditorium • Charlotte, NC

Bermon Painter

Practice Manager, Experience Design, Cardinal Solutions

Bermon Painter is the Experience Design Practice Manager for the Charlotte, Raleigh, and Tampa offices at Cardinal Solutions. He's also heavily involved in the local tech community in Charlotte and organizes the Charlotte User Experience Designer, Charlotte Front-End Developers, and Blend Conference. In his free time he works the folks at @teamsassdesign on the redesign of the Sass website. Outside of technology he enjoys languages, speaks fluent Spanish, is working on Italian, plays classical piano and enjoys visiting the beaches and mountains of Ecuador with his family.

Starts at 5:40pm

Embrace Conflict. Improve Collaboration.

One of the largest problems that we face on teams and within organizations is the allusion that communication has taken place. In most cases, when we are faced with the necessity to confront emotionally or politically risky issues we tread lightly in order to avoid hurting feelings. Conflict plays an important and necessary role in the the design process. Healthy conflict increases trust, creates effective dialog and improves collaboration.

During this session we will discuss examples and key skills that will help you:

  • argue effectively while maintaining the correct level of candor and respect
  • approach difficult issues like dealing with an unrealistic scope/schedule, holding - teammates accountable when they perform poorly, or stakeholders that aren't providing - sufficient leadership for a project
  • create successful conflicts that get relevant information in the open
  • encourage teammates to effectively share their opinions and articulate theories