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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 5: Developer Compensation

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In episode 5, Jamison and Dave answer this question:

What are common ways developers are compensated? Do developers usually get a bonus? Stock options?

Episode 4: Should I build my personal brand?

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In episode 4, Jamison and Dave answer this question:

I have heard a lot about “marketing myself” and my “personal brand”. For example, some people say I should be writing a blog post every week or creating lots of YouTube content. They talk about being a “thought leader”. I love building stuff as an engineer, and obviously I want to have a great job, so how important is this stuff?

Episode 3: What to look for in a dev team

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In episode 3, Jamison and Dave answer two questions:

  1. What should I look for in a dev team?

  2. I don’t get enough done at work. I work on a small team that has aggressive plans for developing its product, but I don’t feel like I get enough work done or move fast enough for the company.

Episode 2: Influencing your team and dealing with anger

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In episode 2, Jamison and Dave answer two questions:

  1. I work on a team, and I am not the team lead. I have lots of ideas for how to do things better. How can I influence my team without being the team lead, or without stepping on his or her shoes?

  2. How do you deal with anger at work, both on the receiving and giving end?

Episode 1: Startup Opportunities and Switching Jobs

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Welcome to Soft Skills Engineering, where we answer your questions about non-technical topics in software engineering. Come get some wisdom, or at least some wise cracks.

In episode 1, Dave and Jamison answer two questions:

  1. I’m a developer who gets approached from time to time to work on new software ideas. While I find working on something new and intriguing I have no experience with business. How do I determine how legitimate these opportunities are?

  2. At my current job, our codebase is a few years old and we use an “older” javascript framework. In my spare time I’ve really really enjoyed using one of the newer paradigms and technical stacks and I wish I had more opportunity to get experience with these technologies. I don’t see a rewrite or even a migration any time soon for our codebase at this company and have been considering taking a job where I’d have opportunity to work with these newer technologies. This despite enjoying my coworkers, and lacking any major complaints at this company. On a scale from 1 to 10 how crazy am I for considering a job change?