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Welcome to SeaSpin

Free and open to all the Software Development community, our group is comprised of local practitioners, students, academics, and leaders in IT and Software Development. We meet monthly and invite you to join us!

For more information on SeaSPIN, contact Patrick McMonagle

June 4: Does Your Company POUND or FLEX?

Presented by Connie Missimer

For several years I’ve been obsessed by the question: Why are companies so unreflective about their processes, why so “political” and bureaucratic? This workshop, based on Critical Thinking at Work: Does Your Company POUND or FLEX? offers evidence from the social and brain sciences why this may be the case. A better path forward entails going meta - critically thinking about the workplace then testing alternatives to improve internal processes.

Connie Missimer

Connie Missimer is a philosopher and researcher. Her second book, Critical Thinking at Work: Does Your Company POUND or FLEX? offers a theory to explain the unhappiness and inefficiency she saw while working at corporations, and she offers a path forward. She has given popular workshops at O’Reilly Media for the past two years and holds over a dozen patents. She has been influential in the critical thinking community for articles on her empirically-based theory and has conducted workshops both nationally and internationally.

She spent 15 years as a researcher at several corporations, including Microsoft and AT&T, where she advised cell phone and tablet partners Samsung, HTC, Microsoft and Google on making their products more user-friendly. She is fascinated by empirical findings, especially strong counterintuitive ones, relating to daily work. She holds an MS in Philosophical Literature, UC Berkeley, and an MS in Human Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington. Details about her work can be found at criticalthinkingatwork.com.

Meeting Location and Schedule

5:30-6:15 pm: Networking and food
6:15-6:30 pm: Business meeting
6:30-8:00 pm: Featured presentation

The meeting will be held at:

Construx Software
10900 NE 8th St #1350
Bellevue, WA 98004

Enter the building and take the elevators to the 13th floor. Elevators run until 7:00 pm; after that, contact seaspin@dsbarnes.com and we will come and get you.

We recommend you park in the Bellevue Place parking garage and walk the short distance to the Construx building. Parking is free if you leave after 8:00 pm.

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