• Evan Leybourn
    Evan Leybourn
    schedule 1 year ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    You’re probably here at this conference because you want to become a better developer, but I’m here to tell you that that you’re focusing on the wrong area. The difference between a good programmer and a great one isn’t the ability to write a kernel module in LISP, but the ability to communicate with your colleagues and customers. Skills sharing, collaboration and functional communication are critical for the success of any software project, and yet usually overlooked and undervalued.

    Developers who strive to be great, cannot afford to neglect their professional development in these areas. You don’t to reinforce the dreadful stereotype of the shy, stuttering, geek, do you?

    This interactive presentation will examine a few of the critical “soft skills” that are needed to thrive in corporate team environments. For example, how you can:

    • write effectively and speak clearly; i.e. get to the point,
    • move beyond your technical silo to work effectively as a team,
    • build trust and rapport with your project customers,
    • mentor, motivate and encourage others,
    • mediate or negotiate between competing points of view,
    • lead others and manage vendors
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    Interpreting the Unwritten Rules or are they Guidelines?

    Shane Hastie
    Shane Hastie
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    How many times has an innocent comment or statement resulted in unnecessary conflict and confusion in a team?  How unsettling is it when you make a suggestion which you think will improve some aspect of the work being undertaken and the reaction is explosive, almost violent - what did you say that was so wrong, how could you have been so badly misunderstood?

    Even in the most collaborative and communication intensive team there are lots of "rules" which people need to learn about how to work together. In distributed teams this gets magnified and intensified due to the myriad filters and layers of meaning we unwittingly apply to communication.

    In this talk Shane presents examples of how the most innocent of question or suggestion can send teams into a spin, and suggests a number of techniques to help create an environment where real communication can happen, irrespective is your team is co-located or distributed

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