BRDNUG Meeting: March 14, 2012


March .NET User Group Meeting

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 5:45 PM – 8:30 PM

LSU – Tureaud Hall Room 103, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. map
Next month (April 11th) BRDNUG will be moving to the Louisiana Technology Park

Sponsored By:

Providence Engineering Providence Engineering. We are a team of engineers and scientists that is guided by a vision of tomorrow. Our staff has a long history of providing cost effective and technically sound solutions to our clients with a personal touch. Our professionalism, technical abilities, and commitment to quality allow us to serve our clients with a high degree of expertise and experience in the various disciplines of engineering and environmental sciences.

Main Presentation:

What Software Developers can Learn from Forrest Gump

– Keith Elder (Microsoft MVP)
In this session we’ll take a break from the mind-melting technology deep-dives and focus on the other skills developers need commonly referred to as “Soft Skills”. We’ll use one of the greatest characters ever to grace the silver screen, Forrest Gump, as the back drop to this talk. There are many things we can learn from Forrest like how to communicate simpler to humans as well as great life lessons we often forget.  After attending this session you’ll walk away with a set of tips, guidelines and principles such as how to better communicate with non-developers based on scientific study, the value of providing value, how to make those around you comfortable, and how to leverage techniques in conversation used by successful salesmen.

Keith Elder is the co-host of the popular online technology podcast Deep Fried Bytes. He is also a Director of Software Engineering at Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender based in Detroit, MI and is the founder of the Hattiesburg, MS .Net User Group called Hub City NUG. Keith is an experienced technologist, systems administrator, software engineer, speaker, trainer and all around geek.

As an experienced educator, trainer and speaker he has logged thousands of hours in front of the classroom teaching students of varying ages from the 6th grade to the college level. He has trained countless developers from various business sectors ranging from top auto manufactures, fortune 500 companies and Universities.

As a Microsoft MVP he speaks throughout the United States at major technical conferences, Code Camps, and .Net User Groups. Keith’s ability to explain complex topics with a friendly common sense southern attitude make him a highly regarded speaker at technical conferences. You can read more about Keith’s interests, hobbies, rants and raves on his blog at

Lightning Round:


5:45 pm – 6:15 pm: General Introduction/Food and Drinks
6:15 pm – 7:30 pm: Presentations
7:30 pm – until: Open forum for questions

ATTENTION: BRDNUG will be moving to the Louisiana Technology Park on April 11th.
The .NET User Group and the SQL User Groups have graciously accepted an offer by the Louisiana Technology Park to host the meetings there.

Louisiana Technology Park (map)
7117 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: 225-218-1100