11 - 13 May 2016

thestudio, Manchester, UK

Singing with strangers: how to make friends through better communication

Vira Kutianska Epam Systems

Session type: Workshop
Session duration: 60 minutes

About this Workshop

Do you dread meeting new people or getting to know people better? Do you wish you could connect with another person in a more meaningful way?

In this interactive workshop, you'll learn how to connect with people you've never met before or someone you don't know so well but see everyday, and how to make friends in a big city or a big organisation. You'll also learn why connection between people is essential for creating great products - whether it's a new application or a song at a ukulele jam


During this session, you will get the chance to practice a number of techniques to better connect with people, ranging from short ice breakers to concepts like Tea with Strangers and the inclusive community of ukulele jams.

About the Speaker

Vira is a business analyst who enjoys asking questions, listening without interrupting, understanding business goals and needs, making the complicated simple and helping people to hear each other. She is passionate about meeting new people, travelling and playing the ukulele.

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Session Types

Need help planning which sessions to attend? We've provided a breakdown of our various session types below.

Case Study/Experience Report

A presentation and discussion of real-life (not theoretical) experiences of the application (or mis-application) of Agile and Lean practices. Case studies and experience reports include some discussion of lessons learned and an indication of how novel the work is.


Participants learn a new approach, tool or technology through using it to solve one or more practical exercises. Any software/hardware requirements are disclosed in the session description.


A session focused around some specific tool, technique or issue. Primarily led by the speaker, tutorials usually include some elements of interactivity or individual / group exercise.


An in-depth working session on a specific topic. May include paper presentations.