Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Teamwork

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Saturday 10th March 2012

  • Empathy-Building Tools for Better Collaboration

    by Kyra Edeker

    Kyra Edeker will discuss three concrete communication tools pulled from user research techniques, mindfulness practice and modern psychology that can improve your happiness, your team’s dynamic and your product. Whether you work as a solo consultant or within in a large company’s product team, there are constantly competing user needs, business pressures, design timelines, and development constraints. Collaborating with stakeholders isn’t always easy. Empathy-building tools are often used in user research but most of us don’t turn this same open ear toward our own team. By using some simple practices to create empathy for others, you can improve communication with your collaborators. With better communication comes better decision making and better products.

    At 11:15am to 11:30am, Saturday 10th March

    In Texas Ballroom 4-7, Hyatt Regency Austin

Monday 12th March 2012

  • Explorations in Corporate Zoology

    by Tim Hwang

    Normally, we think about businesses as a mere collection of people working together. But, organizations also collectively act as a unit, facing the needs of survival and competing with others for resources. To that end, could we think about corporations and organizations as a unique sort of living, breathing species onto itself?

    This talk explores the latest research in the field of “corporate zoology,” which brings evolutionary theory and ecological science to better understand how businesses evolve and interact with one another. We’ll delve into efforts by corporate naturalists to understand how different businesses evolve adaptations over time in the form of departments, professionalization, and the pattern of investment. It will also explore the insights emerging from the assembly of a comprehensive “animal kingdom” classification for businesses.

    It’s going to be Jacques Cousteau meets the Wall Street Journal. Dawkins meets Microsoft. Darwin meets Enron. It’s going to be awesome.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Monday 12th March

    In Salon C, Hilton Austin Downtown

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  • Credit vs. Collaboration: The Organization Divide

    by Azher Ahmed and Jonathan Sackett

    There's a stark contrast between “owning” an idea versus collaborating in an open structure. It's often the root of the divide between “traditional” and “digital/new media” people. Because good ideas evolve into better ideas through collaboration and open input, organizations that can effectively bridge these camps are the ones that will survive. Let’s Kumbaya with Azher Ahmed, SVP Director of Digital Operations and Jonathan Sackett, Managing Director and CDO of DDB Chicago.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Assembly Room, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

  • Motivating Employees: Gamification at Work

    by Molly Kittle

    The research has shown that employees (and people in general) are motivated by autonomy, mastery, purpose, progress and recognition, yet most jobs are severely lacking on all counts. Games, on the other hand, provide all of the above, and through them get people leaning forward, engaged, and working individually and collectively toward their goals. In this session we’ll discuss how to leverage game mechanics in the workplace to motivate your employees around sales, recognition, business transformation, health & wellness, training, and overall job performance. We’ll also discuss how companies have successfully “flipped the bit” that turns work into play, and conversely, from play into work. Join us for this deep dive into enterprise gamification programs and come away with ideas that you can apply in your own workplace.

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

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

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  • Digital Leaders Are Made, Not Born. But How!?

    by Erik Qualman

    We all have a little Jeremy Lin or Linsanity in us. We all want to achieve greatness. To leave a digital stamp today and forever. In this entertaining session best selling author Erik Qualman (Socialnomics) pulls from his newest book Digital Leader and shows how the best and brightest from Hsieh to Jobs to even Jeremy Lin simplify their way to success. Learn Learn how to become a Digital Leader + How to achieve your best life and legacy + Avoid multi-tasking as it is junk food for the brain + How to influence and attract thousands of followers + Why digital shadows are more important than your digital footprint + How to empower others. And why, success is truly a digital choice.

    At 5:30pm to 5:50pm, Monday 12th March

    In Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center

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Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • Health As a Team Sport

    by Mei Lin Fung, Ahmed Calvo, Brian McCarty and Lisa Lott

    Initiated by the US Air Force Medical Services, the Federal Health Futures Group has brought together the Surgeons General of the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States, the Veteran’s Administration and many departments within the Health and Human Services Agency to identify ways in which Health and Health outcomes can be dramatically improved. In exploring the idea of "Health as a Team Sport," members of the Health Futures Group joined forces with game designers to explore games that can help improve public health and create the environment within which individuals can thrive in good times and bad.

    Multiple dimensions were explored.

    At the individual level: Getting more exercise, improving diet, dealing with illness, preventing disease, recovering from trauma and illness.

    At the team level: Coaching groups of health professionals to work together amongst themselves to increase health, recovery, thriving.

    In the community: In improving teamwork and collaboration between the formal healthcare and the informal family and friend networks.

    At the government level: to improve the impact and effectiveness of policy, research and regulation.

    This interactive panel will include a thorough discussion of the games designed to meet these challenges, the results obtained thus far, and identify specific future steps that the panelists could take to better leverage games in improving Health outcomes.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Tuesday 13th March

    In Classroom 204, AT&T Conference Center

  • Taking Team Solidarity into the Trenches

    by Lin Howe and Elizabeth Gibson

    How do you help your geographically dispersed and diverse melting pot organization become a more effective and cohesive team with a shared sense of purpose? How do you simulate ‘around the water cooler” type conversations when you are not in the same location or time zone? What works, and what doesn’t work? We will share five easy ways to build synergy and camaraderie and foster inclusion among remote teammates through highly creative, visual, and interactive concepts and practices. We also want to encourage conversation and share stories about other organizational attempts to achieve solidarity, diversity, and inclusion in fun and compelling ways.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Tuesday 13th March

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

  • Who’s in Charge? Too Many Cooks in the Project

    by Stephanie Perkins and Leah McDougald

    Projects might be complex or simple, but the real catch is finding ways to collaborate with the different personalities involved. Sometimes these challenges come in the form of an un-managed client, coworker or peer. Either way, with too many cooks in the kitchen, unwanted stress, frustration and hostility can quickly turn even the simplest of tasks into the perfect storm. Find out how to best align client needs, talent pools, and peer input so that the project can be delivered smoothly from conception to completion.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Assembly Room, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin