The Soft Side of Software Development

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Conferences like this one provide a lot of new ideas, and if you're like me you just can't wait to try them out at work. After that, you just tell everyone the new stuff is better than the old and you're done, right?

Turns out just knowing about the latest stuff will only get you so far. Your soft skills play a vital part in the development of a great product. You need to be able to motivate people, listen to them and treat them with respect. So how do you get there? I've struggled with this and still do.

Still, I believe that:

  1. your mistakes teach you more than your successes;
  2. we can learn from each other.

In this BOF, I'll willingly tell my mistakes and how they shaped me. Also, feel free to bring your own questions regarding soft skills and we'll answer them together.

Hanno Embregts

Info Support

Hanno Embregts is a Java Developer, Speaker and Teacher at Info Support (the Netherlands). He has over 12 years experience with both front- and back-end development, with a special interest in automating the software development process to the fullest. He likes his work best when it is fast-paced and versatile, which is why he juggles Java development, public speaking and teaching courses at Info Support’s Knowledge Centre. When Hanno doesn’t have access to any kind of computer - which can only be called the most desperate of times - he plays in a band as a lead singer and guitar player. He is also a passionate fan of alternative rock band Switchfoot and Dutch football club Feyenoord. Last but not least: he has been told off repeatedly for using Star Wars quotes at work (things didn’t improve much by replying “I find your lack of faith disturbing”).

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