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  • Selecting Effective Workshop Tasks

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    You've identified your goals, set an an agenda, and invited attendees, now the fun begins. Senongo Akpem shows how to pick the best workshop tasks to achieve your goals.

  • Planning and Organizing Workshops

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    Good workshops start long before you get everyone in the room. By setting goals, creating an agenda, and communicating early and often with your attendees, Senongo Akpem shows how you can set your workshop up for success.

  • Writing CSS on Growing Teams

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    A clear process—based on communication, code reviews, and documentation—will help your team write strong, modular CSS together.

  • Career Consultation with Dr. Web—Live

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    Your career is alive, complex, and trying to grow in the right direction—but finding that path can be confusing. When you don’t know what you don’t know, or need just a nudge to kickstart your next step, a healthy dose of guidance can do the trick. In a live Q&A this December, Jeffrey Zeldman brings “Ask Dr. Web” to ALA events, answering viewer questions in real time with cohost Sarah Parmenter.

  • Using Roleplay to Prepare Design Managers

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    Practice makes perfect, but how do you help your team practice difficult conversations? Senongo Akpem shows how roleplay can help new managers learn useful techniques and gain confidence for those tough discussions ahead.

  • URLs Beyond the Web

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    As the newest operating systems for Android and iOS enable deep-linking directly into third-party apps, Anthony Colangelo sees an expanding definition of “the web” and an opportunity to better serve our users.

  • It’s Time We #FEDtalk

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    One person focuses on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Another writes JavaScript tests all day. And they both have the same job title: front-end developer. Mat Marquis talks about why that’s okay, and introduces our latest event, “The State of Front-End Dev”.

  • Writing to Think

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    It's true, writing about your work can be tough. Putting your thoughts out there for everyone to see—and comment on—can be intimidating. But, as Susan Robertson shows, it's a great way to clarify your thinking on tough problems, and can lead to new opportunities in the process.

  • On Our Radar: Each Button, a Special Snowflake

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    What grabbed our attention this week? We’re glad you asked. We’re digging the new design standards being shared by 18F and USDS; reading up on accessibility in design (and the notorious PDF!); learning to run better meetings; noodling around with responsive typefaces; and championing better ways to read the comments. Also, somebody likes raccoons. We think. We think that's what they meant.

  • Evaluating Ideas

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    Your team came up with all those great ideas for the website, but how do you sort through them all and decide what to include? Eileen Webb shares her framework for evaluating ideas and encouraging teams to focus on the ideas that actually meet their goals.

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