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How To Be A Great Developer - EmpireJS 2016

How To Be A Great Developer - EmpireJS 2016

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May 26, 2016
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  1. HOW TO BE A GREAT DEVELOPER ED FINKLER Head of

    Developer Culture - Graph Story coj@funkatron.com @funkatron http://funkatron.com
  2. THIS IS A TEXT ADVENTURE

  3. 20 YEARS OF WEB DEV LONE WOLF & TEAMS REMOTE

    AND OFFICE $$$ & ACADEMIA PHP PYTHON JS DEVOPS
  4. HAVE FREQUENTLY BEEN CALLED A “WEBMASTER”

  5. TECH SKILLS ARE OVERRATED

  6. •PRACTICE EMPATHY •PRACTICE HUMILITY •ALWAYS BE LEARNING •AVOID TRIBALISM •BETTER

    YOUR COMMUNITY
  7. PRACTICE EMPATHY •Empathy is the ability to understand how a

    person feels, and why they may feel that way. •Empathy is your most important skill.
  8. PRACTICE EMPATHY •Practice it with everyone you interact with, and

    everyone who interacts with your work. •Always keep two groups in mind: the users and the rest of your team.
  9. PRACTICE EMPATHY •Solve the user’s problems, not yours •To solve

    their problems, must empathize with them
  10. PRACTICE EMPATHY •Make choices with teammates in mind •Anticipate questions

    and confusion •Think weeks, months, years ahead
  11. PRACTICE EMPATHY •Don’t assume people know what you know

  12. PRACTICE HUMILITY •Humility goes hand in hand with empathy •You’ll

    always be learning and improving. Accept and own-up to mistakes. •The less you fear being wrong, the more confident you can be.
  13. PRACTICE HUMILITY •You’re wrong about many things •So is everyone

    else •Allow others to practice humility
  14. ALWAYS BE LEARNING •Be liberal in learning about new technologies

    and approaches. Be conservative in using them. •Any technology can be the right choice depending on the needs of the project and strengths of the team.
  15. ALWAYS BE LEARNING •Set aside a little time each week

    to learn about new tech. •At conferences, try to catch one or two talks about technologies you don’t know much about.
  16. AVOID TRIBALISM •Refuse to participate in tribalism. •View absolute statements

    with extreme skepticism. •Build communities with what we have in common. Embrace diversity. Help people feel safe.
  17. AVOID TRIBALISM •Dismissing a technology without a sound, reasonable argument

    is lazy and prone to error. •Be extremely careful about participating in X vs Y arguments.
  18. AVOID TRIBALISM •Reserve your loyalty for people. Not brands. Not

    companies. Not technologies.
  19. BETTER YOUR COMMUNITY •Make people’s lives better with your skills.

    •Make the community around you better. You don’t need to go to some Magic City of Tech Genius to do important work.
  20. BETTER YOUR COMMUNITY •Share what you learn with the people

    around you. Ask them to share what they have learned with you.
  21. BUT I’M A SUPERVISOR! •Values of a hierarchical org distribute

    from the top down •Great developers need a great org to support them
  22. BUT I’M A SUPERVISOR! •Your job is to support and

    empower the people you supervise •You aren’t more important than them. You just have a different job
  23. BUT I’M A SUPERVISOR! •A lot of the people you

    lead are scared, burned out, struggling •You must promote mental wellness OSMIHELP.ORG •Listen, understand, help, empower
  24. Q+A ED FINKLER coj@funkatron.com @funkatron http://funkatron.com http://www.kreativekorp.com/software/fonts/c64.shtml