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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.

Why should you listen?

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

Jack says:

Not only did Soft Skills Engineering help me land my first gig, I also used your advice to negotiate a $10,000 raise! I love your podcast and will continue to heartily recommend you to everyone I know!

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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:

Listening to Soft Skills Engineering 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. It definitely helped me grow, and I’m totally indebted to you for that.

Recent Episodes:

Episode 49: Candidate Plagiarism and a Tightwad Employer

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Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. What do I do if I suspect my co-worker plagiarized my homework assignment in their own interview?
  2. My employer is making me provide my own laptop. Is this normal?

We mention The Joel Test. Also remember to tweet about the show for endorsements from Dave and Jamison for completely serious and relevant skills like doomsday-bunker-building and yodeling.

Episode 48: Quitting a Death March & Am I Underpaid

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Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. When and how do you quit a company that is on a death march?
  2. How do I find out if I’m underpaid?

Episode 47: Speaking Up In A New Job and Personal Issues

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Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. How soon into a new job is it appropriate to raise concerns?
  2. What do you do when issues in your personal life affect your work?

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

Also thanks to Battlefield: Bad Company 2, which I spent 310 hours playing.

Episode 46: My New Crappy Job and Youth vs the Status Quo

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Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

  1. How do I deal with my new job that turns out to be crappy?
  2. How do I know how hard to push back against more experienced engineers when suggesting a new idea?

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

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?