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Toronto, Canada, 17 - 22 July 2016
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T17: Communication and Leadership for Effective HCI Teams

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 09:00 - 12:30

Lillian Blume (short bio)

University of Toronto, Canada
Ryerson University, Canada



By the end of this tutorial, participants will understand how to have the most productive and organized HCI research, industry, or entrepreneurial teams. They will learn to

  • create an efficient team structure
  • run focused meetings
  • build clarity into meetings
  • ensure team members feel heard, so that they can buy into team decisions
  • hold team members accountable
  • analyze team dysfunctions; and
  • face team conflicts with more confidence

Content and Benefits:

Researchers often struggle with building a strong team. Their group consists of highly skilled and multi-talented individuals. They are enthusiastic, motivated, and full of ideas; but might not know how to brainstorm, listen well, or collaborate with others. Differing workplace cultures might make team members seem unreliable. Leaders might expect certain team behaviour and thus fail to give the group clear guidelines early in the project. This tutorial will help you lead and participate in teams that demonstrate trust, healthy debate/disagreement, commitment, and accountability.

In this tutorial we will

  • Examine our previous and current teamwork experiences
  • Identify the behaviors that create team success and team failure
  • Begin creating a coherent team infrastructure by defining "reliability"
  • Acquire practical tools for leading and being part of a successful team

Target Audience:



  • In order to teach my CS graduate students to write better, I started this blog for them.
  • My other blog, "Lil's Book of Questions", deals with questions that come up in books, art, conversations, teaching, thinking, and being.
  • Master of Digital Media, Ryerson University, instructor page
  • MScAC course taught by Lil Blume.

Bio Sketch of Presenter:

Since 2005, Lil Blume has been working in the Computer Science Department at the University of Toronto teaching communication skills to computer scientists. She also teaches in the Master of Digital Media Program at Ryerson University.

At the HCI-I 2007 in Beijing, Blume demonstrated classroom technology for improving public speaking skills. At ITiCSE 2009 in Paris, she presented a curriculum and techniques for teaching communication skills to CS students.

Blume has presented workshops in communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, and other personal growth areas in academic and industry settings across Canada. In addition, in 2016, she was a guest presenter in the CS Dept. at Western Washington University in Bellingham speaking to women in CS and students in entrepreneur programs.


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