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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 45: RAPID FIRE and Micromanagers

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It’s our first RAPID FIRE episode, where we answer a bunch of questions rapid-ish-ly.

  1. Why do I get passed up for developer jobs?
  2. Should I take this high-paying job even though it’s a scary change?
  3. Should I quit my first job after five years?

We also answer a longer question:

How do I deal with a micromanaging project manager?

Thank you to Algolia for sponsoring this episode. Check out their job posting at algolia.com/softskillsengineering.

Episode 44: Discussing Firing and Writing Job Postings

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Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. When I let someone go, should I tell them the reason why?
  2. How do I write a good job description?

We mention Julia Evans’ blog post A litmus test for job descriptions in the second question.

Episode 43: Internship Costs and CS Interview Questions

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Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. What do internships cost companies?
  2. How do you feel about asking hard technical computer science questions in interviews?

The second question was prompted by this tweet:

Episode 42: Bootcamp Job Hopping and Cultural Reliability

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. Should I switch jobs to my fourth job within two years of graduating from a bootcamp?
  2. What non-technical practices and cultural attributes improve software reliability?

Episode 41: Management Snobs and Two Bosses

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  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 40: Office Visibility and New Tech

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. How can I encourage my team to be more visible in the office?
  2. How do I learn new technologies without going through a noob phase?

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: