So You Have to Work With Humans...

Josh Schultz

Ballroom 3

1:15 - 2:15

The stereotype for software developers is that we're bad communicators. That we're all introverts. That we'd rather spend our time interfacing with computers than working with flesh-and-blood humans. Code is logical and predictable. People, by contrast, can feel absolutely chaotic. We're complex, complicated, emotional.

But software development is an activity performed by people and for people. We have to communicate with humans in myriad ways every day. Improving our communication skills can have a substantial effect on our job performance and satisfaction.

We'll talk about the importance of good listening and how to get better at it, how to identify and defuse conflict scenarios, and how to level up our influence and persuasiveness.