DPM Connect Presents

Speaking the Same Language: Developer-Producer Communication

August 27, 2014 Barrel

Are you at a disadvantage if you don't have development experience? At our fourth event, we’ll explore how a technical background can impact a digital producer/project manager's ability to communicate with developers. Our panel of developers and product managers will explore how to avoid communication breakdowns that often crop up during development, testing, and launch.

The Panelists

  • Jared Ranere


  • Dan Touchette


  • Kevin Kneifel


  • Jared Ranere


    Jared is the CEO & Co-Founder of Brief, which aims to decrease the distance between your mind and your information by organizing all of your documents for you. Sign up at abriefapp.com to stay updated on the coming release of our first product.

    Prior to Brief, Jared was the Director of Consumer Product at Patch, where he and his team were responsible for the reading, writing and sharing features across all platforms: desktop and mobile web, iOS and Android. Before becoming a Product Manager, Jared was the National Aggregation Editor at Patch. Combining the best practices of Outside.in and The Huffington Post, Jared implemented a strategy that brought the 1,000+ Patch editors from doing zero aggregation to thousands of aggregated items per week. This role was a natural extension of the work Jared had done at Outside.in from 2007 to the day AOL/Patch acquired the start-up in 2011. Jared found a love for building new technology products at Outside.in where he joined as an Executive Admin and finished as the VP of Partner Relations.

    In a previous life, Jared was a director, writer, and producer for the stage working at The St. Louis Muny (Associate Producer for 3 seasons), Steppenwolf Theater, The Paper Mill Playhouse, and Northlight Theater among others.

    For Jared, putting on a show is a lot like releasing a new product: you’re trying to accomplish the impossible without enough time, money, or people. You never feel finished, but the show must go on. The only difference is that on the internet, the curtain never goes down.

    Follow @jaredran and connect on LinkedIn

  • Dan Touchette


    Dan Touchette is currently Director of Product at Bitly in NYC. Prior to Bitly, he held Product roles at several music and news start-ups, including Buzz / Spin Media and Patch. In these roles, Dan has worked closely with small and large-scale full stack engineering teams to build diverse products including social tools, site redesigns, custom advertising, spam protection, custom CMSs, and analytics suites. He also has experience working with international engineering and QA teams.

    Dan grew up in NH and received degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Entrepreneurship & Management from Johns Hopkins University. When not building products, he's usually wandering the world looking for something delicious to eat or drink.

    Follow @dtouch and connect on LinkedIn

  • Kevin Kneifel


    Kevin Kneifel is a senior member of the development team at Barrel in New York City. He has eight years of experience developing websites and applications for the web.

    Kevin’s web development career started in college, helping fellow musicians create websites to promote shows. Now, Kevin specializes in full-stack web development, where he spends most of his time working on data modeling, business logic, and API layers for web applications. He is fluent in many web languages, but gets the biggest kick out of object-oriented Javascript, Ruby, and PHP.

    Kevin is a graduate of Marist College with a concentration in journalism. He currently lives in Brooklyn and is happiest when he is writing music, endlessly searching Wikipedia, or spending time with his wife, Lindsey.

    Follow @kevinkneifel

Why should you attend?

  • Speakers

    We've assembled an all-star cast of speakers who have very unique backgrounds and perspectives to share about technology and project management.

  • Learn

    Pick up new tricks and get insights into how other producers and project managers navigate the development, QA, and deployment process.

  • Network

    Come and meet fellow project managers, producers, and developers from different agencies and companies. Expand your network and sharpen your project management skills.

When & Where

August 27, 2014

197 Grand Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10010

The Agenda

6:30 PM Hello & Refreshments
7:00 PM Panel Begins
7:45 PM Q&A and Discussion
8:00 PM Wrap up