In a trial run for Heart of Clojure I gave my talk Functioning Among Humans yesterday at RUG::B. It covers topics very close to my heart and is a talk I wanted to give forever. It’s sort of a “best of” soft/social/people skills that I learned going back all the way to high school and that are useful to me in every day life.
If you happened to have seen the talk, please feel free to reach out to me with feedback as I still want to improve upon it for future versions.
In the development world most people are striving for technical excellence: better code, faster run times, more convenient interfaces, better databases… But is that really what helps us create better software?
In the end software development is done by groups of people creating products together. To do that communication and collaboration are essential. You can be the best programmer ever, but if you can’t efficiently work with others what good does it do you?
This talk will introduce you to relevant, easy to grasp concepts of collaboration and communication as well as give you food for thought.