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Soft Skills Engineering is a weekly advice podcast for software developers.

Hosts Dave Smith and Jamison Dance answer software developers' most pressing questions about life, the universe, and everything. Join us each week to laugh at our terrible amazing jokes and gasp at our pretty good ideas pure wisdom.

Recent Episodes:

Episode 69: A Know-It-All Lead and Selling Your Boss on Remote Work

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Jamison and Dave answer these questions:

  1. My supervisor is a know-it-all who needs to be the smartest person in the room. How do I deal with it?
  2. I want to move to another city and work remotely. How do I convince my boss to let me?

Episode 68: Paying Your Dues and Non-technical Hobbies

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Jamison and Dave answer these questions:

  1. It’s been a yearn and I still haven’t touched the codebase. What should I do?
  2. All my hobbies revolve around computers. How do I develop other interests?

Jamison mentioned Dan Luu’s article on how bad teams are always hiring. Here it is.

Rich Hickey’s Hammock-Driven Development talk was also mentioned.

Episode 67: Graduate School and Asking Good Questions

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Jamison and Dave answer these questions:

  1. Should I get a Masters in Computer Science?
  2. How do I ask good questions?

Episode 66: Nepotism and Minimum Junior Requirements

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Jamison and Dave talk about these questions:

  1. My cousin is a manager at my employer. How do I avoid nepotism?
  2. I’m like to become a developer. What are the minimum requirements for a junior developer? When will I be “good enough” to get a job as a junior dev?

Episode 65: Left In The Dust and Imposter Syndrome

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Jamison and Dave talk about these questions:

  1. I have a great, comfortable job that doesn’t push me very hard. How do I deal with worrying about being left in the dust?
  2. How do I deal with imposter syndrome?

Episode 64: Negative Peer Reviews and On Call

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Jamison and Dave talk about these questions:

  1. How direct should I be in a peer review of a coworker who I really dislike?
  2. How do I convince developers to go on call?

Episode 63: (Rerun) Management Snobs and Two Bosses

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Jamison and Dave were out this week, so here is a DEEP CUT from the archives.

This originally aired as episode 41.

  1. How do I deal with someone who says their job (management) is so much harder than my job (engineering)?
  2. How do I deal with a two-boss situation where I am one of the bosses?

Episode 62: Many Meetings and Surviving an Acquisition

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Jamison and Dave answer these two questions:

  1. I’m in too many meetings. How do I guard my own productivity?
  2. How do I make sure I’m not sideline when my company acquires another company?

Episode 61: Product Managers and Notifications

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We answer these two questions:

  1. What should developers know about product management?
  2. I have TOO MANY notifications interrupting me all the time. What do I do?

Episode 60: Office Arrangements and Disarming A Code Owner

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We answer these two questions:

  1. What is the best seating arrangements for software developers?
  2. How do I disarm my CTO who is emotionally attached to his code?