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It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Battling the Invisible Monsters in Tech - OSBridge 2014

It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Battling the Invisible Monsters in Tech - OSBridge 2014

It can be hard to focus on your love of coding when you are regularly battling invisible issues like insecurity, anxiety, and lack of confidence. This talk will identify invisible issues programmers struggle with, talk about their impact, discuss personal experiences dealing with them, and share some tools useful in fighting back.

Julie Pagano

June 24, 2014
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  1. It’s Dangerous to
    Go AloneBATTLING THE

    INVISIBLE MONSTERS

    IN TECH
    OSBridge2014
    Julie Pagano @juliepagano

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  2. –CODING–

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  3. Ways to Improve
    Testing
    Design patterns
    Software craftsmanship
    Tools
    more...

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  4. We’re missing
    something

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  5. –CODING–

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  6. –CODING–

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  7. –CODING–

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  8. –CODING–

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  9. These issues
    create hurdles
    to success

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  10. What we do is
    communal
    ]
    ]
    ]]

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  11. We need to
    talk about this
    Ignoring it makes it worse

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  12. adult version of the

    monsters
    under the bed

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  13. –SELECT–
    1.
    ISSUES
    2.
    TOOLS

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  14. 1.
    ISSUES
    2.
    TOOLS
    –SELECT–

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  15. Impostor
    Syndrome

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  16. Impostor Syndrome
    “A psychological phenomenon in
    which people are unable to
    internalize their accomplishments.”

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  17. coding involves
    regular failure

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  18. failure success
    Average Person

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  19. Impostor Syndrome
    success
    failure

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  20. Impostor Syndrome
    success
    failure

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  21. Victories diminish
    in importance.
    Failures
    loom large.

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  22. Impostor Syndrome
    can impact anyone

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  23. I was
    just lucky

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  24. I’m not
    that smart

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  25. I’m not a good
    programmer

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  26. I’m a
    FRAUD

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  27. INSECURITY
    CAREER
    Average Person

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  28. new job
    INSECURITY
    CAREER
    Average Person

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  29. INSECURITY
    CAREER
    Impostor Syndrome

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  30. people with impostor syndrome

    hold themselves back

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  31. Do not share knowledge

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  32. Do not collaborate

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  33. Do not help with OSS

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  34. Do not apply for jobs

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  35. You shouldn’t feel like you have
    to slay a dragon to get a job.

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  36. Start small.
    Remain small.
    End up small.

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  37. Actual Ability
    Perceived Ability

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  38. Actual Ability
    Perceived Ability
    Impostor
    Syndrome

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  39. Dunning-Kruger
    Effect

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  40. Dunning-Kruger Effect
    “A cognitive bias in which
    unskilled individuals suffer from
    illusory superiority, mistakenly
    rating their ability much higher
    than average.”

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  41. Actual Ability
    Perceived Ability
    Impostor
    Syndrome
    Dunning-Kruger
    Effect

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  42. people with impostor syndrome

    push themselves
    too hard

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  43. Burnout
    “Long-term exhaustion and
    diminished interest in work.”

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  44. –CODING–

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  45. 1.
    ISSUES
    2.
    TOOLS
    –SELECT–

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  46. IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO
    ALONE! TAKE THESE.
    +
    +
    +

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  47. Build a Party

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  48. Track
    Measurable
    Progress

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  49. Look for
    Positives
    + + + +

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  50. Look for
    Positives
    help others find positives
    + + + +

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  51. -
    Avoid
    Negatives

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  52. -
    Avoid
    Negatives
    avoid creating negative spaces

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  53. No feigning surprise

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  54. No feigning surprise
    No well-actually’s

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  55. No feigning surprise
    No well-actually’s
    No backseat-driving

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  56. No feigning surprise
    No well-actually’s
    No backseat-driving
    No subtle sexism
    (or racism, homophobia, etc.)

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  57. Kill Your Heroes

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  58. Kill Your Heroes
    not literally

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  59. Aaron
    Patterson

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  60. Aaron
    Patterson
    A wild Tenderlove appears!

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  61. Aaron
    Patterson
    A wild Tenderlove appears!

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  62. Aaron
    Patterson
    A wild Tenderlove appears!

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  63. I get insanely
    nervous when I
    give presentations

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  64. Fake It ‘til
    You Make It

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  65. The secret to life is pretending
    you know what you’re doing.

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  66. Talk about it

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  67. Help yourself

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  68. Enjoy coding

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  69. Let’s practice
    at OSBridge

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  70. Set Goals
    Meet at least n new people

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  71. Set Goals
    Meet at least n new people
    Participate in [activity]

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  72. Set Goals
    Meet at least n new people
    Participate in [activity]
    Talk to a speaker

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  73. Set Goals
    Meet at least n new people
    Participate in [activity]
    Talk to a speaker
    Ask questions

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  74. Set Goals
    Meet at least n new people
    Participate in [activity]
    Talk to a speaker
    Ask questions

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  75. Set Goals
    Help others enjoy the event

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  76. Set Goals
    Help others enjoy the event
    Avoid creating negative spaces

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  77. No feigning surprise

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  78. No feigning surprise
    No well-actually’s

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  79. No feigning surprise
    No well-actually’s
    No backseat-driving

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  80. No feigning surprise
    No well-actually’s
    No backseat-driving
    No subtle sexism
    (or racism, homophobia, etc.)

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  81. Enjoy OSBridge

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  82. bit.ly/impostor-syndrome-support
    Join our online support group
    bit.ly/impostor-syndrome-osbridge
    Get the slides on SpeakerDeck

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  83. Julie Pagano
    @juliepagano
    Thank you!

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  84. References
    • Impostor Syndrome - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
    Impostor_syndrome

    • Dunning-Kruger effect - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
    Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

    • All The Things! - http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/
    2010/06/this-is-why-ill-never-be-adult.html

    • Hacker School Social Rules - https://
    www.hackerschool.com/manual#sub-sec-social-rules

    • Aaron Patterson at SCRC12 - http://www.confreaks.com/
    videos/1137-scrc2012-open-source-how-to-give-back

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  85. Attribution
    • Road barrier from the noun project - http://thenounproject.com/noun/road-
    barrier/#icon-No4357

    • Conversation designed by Anna Weiss from The Noun Project - http://
    thenounproject.com/noun/conversation/#icon-No1680

    • Ghost designed by Emily Haasch from The Noun Project - http://
    thenounproject.com/noun/ghost/#icon-No9345

    • Bed from noun project - http://thenounproject.com/noun/bed/#icon-No12395

    • Group designed by Benny Forsberg from The Noun Project - http://
    thenounproject.com/noun/group/#icon-No14947

    • Handshake designed by Marc Nadue from The Noun Project - http://
    thenounproject.com/noun/handshake/#icon-No10714

    • Scale designed by Stephanie Wauters from The Noun Project - http://
    thenounproject.com/noun/scale/#icon-No10409

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  86. Additional Resources
    • Ruby Rogues #107 Syndrome with Tim Chevalier -
    http://rubyrogues.com/107-rr-impostor-syndrome-
    with-tim-chevalier/

    • Geek Feminism Wiki - http://
    geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Impostor_syndrome

    • Kicking impostor syndrome in the head: lessons
    from AdaCamp DC and SF - http://adainitiative.org/
    2013/06/kicking-impostor-syndrome-in-the-head-
    lessons-from-adacamp-dc-and-sf/

    • Overcoming Impostor Syndrome - https://
    medium.com/tech-talk/bdae04e46ec5

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