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Majority of Work

Author: Callie Buruchara

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We unravel the human side of tech jobs. At the end of the day, the majority of work involves other people. 

We answer the practical question: As a software engineer, how do I improve my people skills? And why? We have interviews with a wide range of tech professionals, host Q&As, and provide you with insights that are immediately practical, honest, and most importantly, always worth your time.

6 Episodes
Relationships with stakeholders can make or break your job.Not to mention your promotion.Nick Cosentino, a Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft breaks down how to do it well — whether the stakeholder is a Staff Software Engineer or they don't know the difference between Java and JavaScript. (the names are confusing, I hear ya)Additionally, we talk about how to debug well (and frame it better during standups when you're stuck), feel better about giving people feedback, and how t...
Leetcode doesn't matter if you can't pass the tech screen.Yeah, that 15-20 min HR call at the beginning of the whole interview process.All your leetcode stats, OOP experience, and system design excellence don't matter if you can't convince HR you're worth the company's time. When you tune in, I'll give you a much higher chance of making that interviewer your ally and advocate.This episode includes how to:- Ask great questions- Handle salary questions- Impress them technically- Approach ...
"Do impactful work""Act like a senior""Prove you're ready for a promotion"Cool. Yeah. How?Uplevelling as an engineer — getting better, getting the promotion — doesn't have to be as mysterious as management makes it. There are clear frameworks, paradigms, steps, and focuses to making it happen.We share everything from Junior to Staff Level Engineering. So wherever you are, there's something for you. We talk about all that and more on this episode.Uplevelling as an engineer is a skil...
Receiving feedback well is more important than giving feedback well.Why?Because receiving it is something you'll probably do more and you have much more control over how well it goes. We know we shouldn't be "defensive". And we want to receive things "well". But how?Do we just turn off our feelings?Do we act like we're happy they told us?What do we do if they are completely wrong in their feedback?Wrong about us?We talk about all that and more on this episode. Receiving tough feedback w...
Most of us have heard that giving critical feedback is important. But how the heck do we do that? What do we say? How do we adapt it to people?What if they get really defensive as soon as I say something??Giving tough feedback is a skill that can be learned. Tune in as we dive into how we can give critical feedback, especially as software engineers. Thanks for listening! And for checking out these show notes 👀Would love to connect:💡 Share your ideas for topics, guests, or questions for f...
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