There's nothing soft about the power of relationships. Soft skills are more than seductive talk - it all starts with being authentic and graceful! Soft skills are no longer an optional focus for the modern software professional. In the 20+ years I've produced software, no other set of workplace skills has proven more valuable to my career than the ability to influence people and relationships. It literally can transform you from being seen as an "independent contributor" to a "leader" in the eyes of your superiors and colleagues by focusing on these skills.
All Content about Soft Skills
Ever wanted to do something new, or make a change on your software project – but other people on your team won’t support you?
Today we’re going to talk about how canceling developers and other IT professionals for mistakes can hold you back from the career you want in software.
Blocking multiple people to pause a software project so you can fix a problem can be hard if everyone’s focused on how much people are getting done.
There’s no shame in getting help from a friend on a software project! In this episode I tell a story about how getting help was critical to my success.
It can be confusing when most companies don’t make it clear how software developers can get promoted for more senior roles.
Have you ever been confronted with accepting circumstances you couldn’t change on your software project that were really difficult?
Why does it seem like no matter how strong your argument, some programmers never seem to want to agree with you?
Programmers can lose hope in just a few years in the industry if they don’t have the tools to cope with pressures unique to the job.
Could it be that you’re on a project with a software leader that’s a narcissist – one who criticizes everything you do?
Overcome walls people can put up – and instead have them welcome your suggestions on a new software project.
In this episode, I want to ask you a question that might make you defensive: “Are you a perfectionist programmer?”.
How you say no on a software project can build resentment if you don’t establish clear boundaries – and decline the request with grace.
How you handle late software tasks often has far reaching implications on your career, reputation and your health.
Only democratic teams that have an inclusive technical culture bring out the best in people by giving them shared ownership over software architecture.
Ever feel like others are turned off by you before you’re even able to fully explain yourself? I’ve struggled over my career to be understood.
Does it frustrate you when you see other software professionals get recognition or opportunities you want? Wanting to feel important has a dark side.
To let the customer take a larger role in deciding what’s in your product, and release it multiple times per day — you’ll have to overcome attachment.
Get people to agree and come to consensus so you can grow on your software project, or in your career with these tips I’ve learned.
Whether it’s you or someone else, dishonesty in your software development career may bring short term benefits – but eventually it catches up with you.
Before you can try something new that requires other people to support you, you’ve got to win trust for your software development ideas.
As a servant leader, you can help other people that work with you so they’re more fulfilled, and inspire them on your software projects.
When software developers disagree, they can belittle each other or have a hard time coming to agreement on trivial issues. But you don’t have to.
Pride can kill a software project. In this episode I share 5 ways things can go bad – and 3 strategies I’ve used to fight pride.