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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:

  • navigating pay raises
  • hiring and interviewing
  • deciding to go into management
  • dealing with annoying co-workers
  • quitting your job
  • managing meeting creep
  • 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.

Why should you listen?

Soft Skills Engineering listeners are awesome. Here's what they are saying about the podcast.

Hdennen says:

Facing a 9 hour drive, I grabbed a bunch of podcasts to listen to. I don't even know what the other ones are. Seriously, this podcast is full of massively helpful and relevant content from two people who are experienced, funny, and insightful.

Saad says:

I owe you a lot, listening to Soft Skills has completely shifted my thoughts on what it means to be an engineer. It’s probably one of the more useful things I’ve gained during my time at Amazon. I kind of brushed this stuff off, considering some of it politics, and the rest unimportant, but boy was I wrong. It definitely helped me grow, and I’m totally indebted to you for that.

Recent Episodes:

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:

Episode 35: Attracting Talent and Quitting Responsibly

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. How can I attract talent?
  2. How do I quit without burning bridges?

Episode 34: Do Certifications Help and How Can I Avoid Avoidance?

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. Do certifications help me?
  2. How can I solve an avoidance problem?

Episode 33: Damaging Your Credibility and Meeting Potential Employers In School

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. How can a developer damage their credibility online?
  2. How can I meet potential employers while I’m still in school?

Episode 32: Why Would You Do Contracting?

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer this question:

  1. Why would a developer leave a full time job to do consulting or contracting?

It just so happens that Jamison did this a few months ago, and he shares his experience in making the transition.

Episode 31: Going In To Management and Knowing If A Job Is Worth Applying To

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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. Should I go in to management?
  2. How do you know if a job is worth applying to?