- I’ve been a software engineer for 13 years and would like to apply for a management role. I’ve never managed before. How do I apply for a job as a manager without managerial experience?
- How do I deal with annoying noises around my desk? One neighbor listens to loud music. Another one pops the bubbles on his bubblewrap (to calm himself obviously but also infuriate me). Please help =)
It takes more than great code
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Soft Skills Engineering is a weekly advice podcast for software developers.
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- technical leadership
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- quitting your job
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- I went through the interview process, and as last step I had an interview with the VP of engineering. At the end of interview he asked if I had any questions for him. I didn’t know what to ask. What do you ask?
I’m a front-end web developer on a SCRUM team. Our Product Owner is also our tester, but she has a very busy schedule and she hardly has any time to test anymore.
My team thinks we need a second product owner, but I think we should hire a dedicated tester to help the PO. How do I convince my team and my manager to hire a tester instead of a second product owner?
We don’t work with scripted test plans or anything, so I think a dedicated tester would be a huge benefit to our team and our deliverables.
A listener named Dan talks about ThanksBot, an internal tool at Facebook to support gratitude.
- I became an engineer because I loved my programming assignments and CS degree. However, at work I’m struggling to contribute beyond competing the tasks assigned to me. How do I participate more in broader technical solutions, process, etc?
- I recently started a new job, and a lot of the existing code is really bad. How can I raise this concern, or make improvements to the code, without offending my teammates who wrote it? Thanks!
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.@SoftSkillsEng continues to be my favorite podcast. I laugh at loud at least once an episode and the content is super on-point.— ████ Sager (@adfontes__) August 16, 2019
Listen to every episode of @SoftSkillsEng 🤓 Nothing has a more profound impact on your career growth than soft skills.— Mike Kerr (@codecareercoach) July 31, 2019
I just discovered @SoftSkillsEng but it is amazing, I always learn something new from them. Also all episodes have a fun and friendly feeling— Daniel Peñaloza (@danp1925) July 23, 2019
I love @SoftSkillsEng .. although it's not directly focused on technical side of Software Engineering, it takes a huge often not-discussed part of the job such as the team communication, management, ethics, etc...— Nigo (@lenaggar) May 14, 2019
The hosts are really good, I literally listen to every episode ❤️
@WanderingHogan I’ve been looking for new podcasts and added @SoftSkillsEng when you mentioned it. Just listened to EP 149 and totally relevant to me as a 40-year-old dev. Thanks for sharing! Also, nice to hear your name in the shoutouts!— Andrew Serff (@andrewserff) April 5, 2019