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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.

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Recent Episodes:

Episode 70: Appraisal-Driven Development and Meeting Creep


Jamison and Dave answer these questions:

  1. I’m a new team lead with a team member who is very appraisal-driven. How do I deal with them?
  2. Have you ever experienced meeting-creep? What do you do about it?

Jamison mentions the 37 signals blog post on the downsides of group chat.

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


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


Jamison and Dave answer these questions:

  1. It’s been a year 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


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


Jamison and Dave talk about these questions:

  1. My cousin is a manager at my employer. How do I avoid nepotism?
  2. I’d 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


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


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


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


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 sidelined when my company acquires another company?

Episode 61: Product Managers and Notifications


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?