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You Know Nothing ... or do you?

9095331a47468a6898495b05c49ee422?s=47 Sascha Wolf
January 19, 2019

You Know Nothing ... or do you?

Each and every day we encounter the knowledge of thousands of people. We read articles, blog posts, documentation and smart answers on StackOverflow. How can we compete against this well of wisdom?

You might think that you have nothing to add. You'll be surprised how much you actually know.


Sascha Wolf

January 19, 2019

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  1. You Know Nothing or do you?

  2. Hi, I'm Sascha - Full Stack Developer / TSA -

    @grandcentrix in Cologne, Germany - During my career I: - wrote backend services in Java and NodeJS - created responsive websites with CSS, Vue, and Elm - shaped iOS apps with Objective-C and Swift - did some embedded development in C - built big backend systems with Elixir ! wolf4earth | saschawolf.me
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  4. Knowledge Sharing

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  9. Intimidating

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  11. "You're doing it wrong!"

  12. A Great Developer - Awesome tech skills - Incredible productivity

    - High quality code - Blazing fast learner - Some Soft skills
  13. Keep learning

  14. We're afraid of Embarrassment

  15. So we don't ... - answer that StackOverflow question -

    do that talk on that meetup - offer that help to someone - prepare that workshop - record that video - write that blog post - give input during that meeting
  16. Who could blame us?

  17. We're working in a fast moving industry

  18. Perform and Learn

  19. Sounds familiar?

  20. My Story Photo by Daniel McCullough on Unsplash

  21. Exhaustion Photo by Tim Gouw on Pexels

  22. Depression Photo by Sasha Freemind on Unsplash

  23. Therapy Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

  24. A New Frame of Mind

  25. We focus a lot on Tech Skills

  26. Code Ninja & Rockstar Dev

  27. Photo by Shane Aldendorff from Pexels

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  29. Photo by Markus Spiske from Pexels

  30. Think of somebody you respect

  31. Which qualities do you respect? » Writes awesome code? »

    Great communication skills? » Empathic and patient? » Fun to interact with? » Interested in a variety of topics? » Prompts you to learn new things? » Probably lots of other things!
  32. We're more than a walking Tech Stack Photo by Eli

    Francis on Unsplash
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  34. What's the secret to a successful team? — Google (Project

  35. Psychological Safety

  36. Psychological Safety [the] shared belief held by members of a

    team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking. [...] A sense of confidence that the team will not embarrass, reject or punish someone for speaking up. — Amy Edmondson (Harvard Business School)1 1 https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/magazine/what-google-learned-from-its-quest-to-build-the-perfect-team.html
  37. Soft Skills

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  39. Why stop here?

  40. Photo by Jamie McInall from Pexels

  41. Photo by Ian Gonzalez on Unsplash

  42. Tech enables us

  43. Tech does not define us

  44. Why is this guy telling me all of this? —

    Maybe you right now?
  45. My value = My tech skills?

  46. When we define our worth by our tech skills, every

    critique strongly undermines our self-confidence — My realization
  47. Photo by Arnold Dogelis on Unsplash

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  49. Wholesome Dev

  50. Tips & Tricks Photo by Guy Kawasaki on Pexels

  51. Ask colleagues what they would ask you

  52. Focus on the Learnings not the Mistakes

  53. We did the best we could

  54. Keep a TIL Record

  55. Document the Journey not the Goal Photo by Sharefaith from

  56. Meditation Photo by Simon Migaj on Unsplash

  57. Hi again, I'm still Sascha » Husband / Father /

    Roleplayer / Developer » Vegan for nearly 6 years » Atheist, very interested in theology » Big on bringing compassion into work and life » Techy, full stack dev with a love for FP » Read a lot: SciFi, RPGs, thought-provoking stuff » Interests: game design & gaming, mindfulness, ethics, space exploration, productivity
  58. Thank you for listening ! wolf4earth | saschawolf.me