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Soft Skills Engineering is a weekly advice podcast for software developers. We answer questions about all the stuff you didn't realize you needed to know about being an engineer:

  • pay raises
  • hiring
  • going into management
  • annoying co-workers
  • quitting your job
  • meetings
  • micromanagers
  • installing a ball pit in your office
  • and much much more...

For answers to these and other questions, our hosts Dave Smith and Jamison Dance are here to help.

Why should you listen?

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Not only did Soft Skills Engineering help me land my first gig, I also used your advice to negotiate a $10,000 raise! I love your podcast and will continue to heartily recommend you to everyone I know!

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Facing a 9 hour drive, I grabbed a bunch of podcasts to listen to. I don't even know what the other ones are. Seriously, this podcast is full of massively helpful and relevant content from two people who are experienced, funny, and insightful.

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Listening to Soft Skills Engineering has completely shifted my thoughts on what it means to be an engineer. It’s probably one of the more useful things I’ve gained during my time at Amazon. It definitely helped me grow, and I’m totally indebted to you for that.

Recent Episodes:

Episode 39: Brilliant Jerks and One on Ones

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. How do I deal with engineers who are skilled technically but rude and demeaning?
  2. What should I talk about in one on ones with my manager or reports? We also cite Questions for our first 1:1, a blog post by Lara Hogan.

Episode 38: Going Over Heads and Firing Just After Hiring

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. When is it appropriate to go over someone’s head?
  2. Should I fire the new engineer that we just hired (and who relocated to take the job)?

Episode 37: VC Funding and Internal Presentations

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. How does venture capital work, and how does it affect me?
  2. How do I give great presentations at work?

Episode 36: Unlimited Vacation and Enforcing Best Practices

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. What do you think of unlimited vacation policies?
  2. How do I enforce coding best practices?

Show notes, because Jamison is feeling ambitious:

Episode 35: Attracting Talent and Quitting Responsibly

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. How can I attract talent?
  2. How do I quit without burning bridges?

Episode 34: Do Certifications Help and How Can I Avoid Avoidance?

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. Do certifications help me?
  2. How can I solve an avoidance problem?

Episode 33: Damaging Your Credibility and Meeting Potential Employers In School

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. How can a developer damage their credibility online?
  2. How can I meet potential employers while I’m still in school?

Episode 32: Why Would You Do Contracting?

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer this question:

  1. Why would a developer leave a full time job to do consulting or contracting?

It just so happens that Jamison did this a few months ago, and he shares his experience in making the transition.

Episode 31: Going In To Management and Knowing If A Job Is Worth Applying To

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. Should I go in to management?
  2. How do you know if a job is worth applying to?

Episode 30: Reaching Consensus and Code Editing Etiquette

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. How should you reach consensus on a team? Should you always have consensus?
  2. What is the etiquette around editing code in a shared repository?