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How To Be A Great Developer - True North PHP 2014

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November 07, 2014

How To Be A Great Developer - True North PHP 2014

funkatron

November 07, 2014
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  1. HOW TO BE
    A GREAT DEVELOPER
    ED FINKLER
    [email protected]
    @funkatron
    http://funkatron.com

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  2. TECH SKILLS
    ARE OVERRATED

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  3. •PRACTICE EMPATHY
    •PRACTICE HUMILITY
    •ALWAYS BE LEARNING
    •AVOID TRIBALISM
    •BETTER YOUR COMMUNITY

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  4. 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.

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  5. PRACTICE EMPATHY
    •Never assume you know why a decision
    was made unless you were in the room
    when it was made.
    •Always keep two groups in mind: the
    users and the rest of your team.
    They are the ones affected by the
    decisions you make.

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  6. PRACTICE HUMILITY
    •Be open to the likelihood that you
    are wrong about a great many things.
    •The less you fear being wrong, the
    more confident you can be.
    •Understand what you do well, and
    what you don’t.

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  7. 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.

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  8. AVOID TRIBALISM
    •Refuse to participate in tribalism.
    •Your choices of technology and
    technique matter, but only so far as
    they serve what you make with them.
    •View absolute statements with
    extreme skepticism.

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  9. 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.

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  10. AVOID TRIBALISM
    •Reserve your loyalty for people. Not
    brands. Not companies. Not
    technologies.

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  11. 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.

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  12. BETTER YOUR COMMUNITY
    •Share what you learn with the people
    around you. Ask them to share what
    they have learned with you.

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  13. Q+A
    ED FINKLER
    [email protected]
    @funkatron
    http://funkatron.com
    https://joind.in/12716
    http://www.kreativekorp.com/software/fonts/c64.shtml

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