Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Careers on Saturday 12th March

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  • Being Creative Takes Practice... A Good Management Practice

    Whether working freelance, on a project team, or just being a corporate puppet, “creatives” need a good management practice more than ever. It is really not enough to be creative or talented in the world of digital media. Good time management, communication management and project management are necessary elements for career success.

    This solo presentation will demonstrate a high level view of good management techniques for creative people that want to push their careers forward. Two-thirds of the session will be a prepared presentation in order to establish a fruitful dialogue with the attendees for the back third of the session.

    Management topics can include:

    • Defining scope of work to ensure a successful completion
    • Effective communications with stakeholders (team leads, customers, company execs)
    • Agile vs. waterfall project management (why care?)
    • Building a good base for future work (creating a work library)
    • Managing personal workflow to preserve quality of life and lessen project crunch time.

    A good source of references will be provided at the end of the session for further interest in the topic.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 12th March

    In Rio Grande B, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Evil Plans

    by Hugh MacLeod

    Hugh will do a reading and talk about Why Everybody needs an Evil Plan.

    At 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 12th March

    In Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center

  • 140 Conference: Rise of the Cubicle Farmer

    by AJ Leon and Melissa Leon

    At 4:30pm to 4:45pm, Saturday 12th March

    In TX Ballroom 2-4, Hyatt Regency Austin

  • Business Management for the Creative Mind

    by Debra Russell

    The Interactive Media world is a multi-billion dollar industry. And it is filled with what Michael Gerber refers to in "The E-Myth Revisited" as technicians who have had an Entrepreneurial Seizure and have made the mistake of thinking that if you understand the technical work of your business, you can be successful as a business owner. How many great ideas where scuttled because the business failed? Don't let your lack of business savvy undercut the brilliance of your ideas! Business Management for the Creative Mind will help you to understand that you don't need an MBA to be good at business. In this Core Conversation, We'll discuss the myths of incompatibility between business and creativity; what it takes to create a successful business; how to further your career and how to get the next level in your industry. You cannot create long-term success without first understanding the basics of being a small business owner and how to apply those fundamentals to your business. Together, we'll discover: * The 5 Hats of the Business Owner * How to overcome the 5 Biggest Challenges most business owners face * 3 Keys to Your Success. Even if you are an employee, acting as if you are a small business owner is the key to a long and successful career. This conversation will enable you to see yourself at home in the world of business and use your innate creative skills to conquer the challenges that may now seem overwhelming to you.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 12th March

    In Rio Grande B, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • That's Not My Job: Being A Career Generalist

    by Rebecca Sinclair, Poornima Vijayashanker, Noah Kagan and Jesse Taggert

    In corporate America people say: "That's not my job!" employees specialize and have a deep knowledge in a couple areas. But for those who want to don't want to specialize the role of being a generalist can be a rewarding experience. These individuals are early employees at a start because they are capable of learning skills quickly, knowing how to complement their teammates skill sets, and stay focused and motivated in order to build out a prototype and a business. We'll cover how to build a career as a generalist, recruit them, and keep them motivated.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 12th March

    In Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Where Are The Women in Startups? Um, Everywhere!

    by Carla Thompson and Meghan Casserly

    There are thousands of women out there innovating and starting businesses across sectors; so why all the negativity in the media? Every week brings a slightly different take on the where-are-women-in-business article. Some look at venture funding, others look at women's representation in specific sectors, but they all have the same theme - women can't seem to get it together when it comes to business.

    This panel approaches the issue of women in startups from two key angles. First, the assertion that woman are non-existent simply isn't true anymore. The real stories need to come to the forefront. And second, you can only complain about a problem for so long before it's time to deliver a solution.

    Women in startups are simply tired of the bad rap media has stamped on them so, they're coming forward to talk about the real issues. Like, why are women inherently less inclined to sell themselves? There are multiple reasons behind this but the basic truth is that many of us need more urging to boast of our talents.

    Overall, there are all sorts of factors that play into women's roles in startups such as the fact that many women entrepreneurs are also primary caregivers of children, household managers, family financial planners, etc. Not to mention, the age-old-truth that we are trained as a society to think women have a harder time with their careers. Let's face it girls - it's time for a change.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 12th March

    In Rio Grande A, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center