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They know more than I do

They know more than I do

Whether in collaboration with colleagues, at Github, through blog posts or forums: We are always faced with what others do or have done. We often compare our own work with those of others and consider our own knowledge and skills as much weaker. But is that true?

This is a first draft for known problems of some programmers, that was presented at the PHPUGKA. It's about self-doubt, that isn't only known by beginners but also by experienced developers. This talks also names and explains the Imposter-Syndrome.

Yes, the slides alone don't contain much infos, so you have to see the talk. ;-)

Claudio Zizza

January 15, 2016

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