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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 73: A Rampant Rewriter and Overexplainers

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Jamison and Dave will be at the UtahJS Conference on September 18th. See conf.utahjs.com for more info and to buy tickets. Come say hi!

This week Jamison and Dave answer these questions:

  1. A developer on my team has been rewriting my code under the guise of “code cleanup” without saying anything to me. Is this normal? What should I do?
  2. How do you deal with co-workers who over-explain unimportant issues?

Episode 72: The Micromanaging CEO and The Only Developer

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Jamison and Dave answer these questions:

  1. My CEO is micromanaging the developers. What do I do?
  2. I’m about to take a job as the only developer at a company. How do I handle working without technical coworkers?

Episode 71: Informal Leadership and Dealing With Burnout

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Jamison and Dave answer these questions:

  1. I’m sometimes an informal lead on project teams. How do I help the team get stuff done as a peer?
  2. How do I deal with burnout after an extended period of crunch time?

Jamison mentions the blog post by Jamis Buck called To Smile Again where he talks about his experiences with burnout.

Episode 70: Appraisal-Driven Development and Meeting Creep

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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

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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?