Utah Code Camp
Spring 2014
Bressain Dinkelman
yes,you
belong here
who am i?
Bressain
Dinkelman
www.dinkelburt.com
@dinkelburt
+BressainDinkelman
DISCLAIMER
DISCLAIMER
I am not a psychologist
DISCLAIMER
Use at your own risk
why are
!
!
here?
YOU
impostor
syndrome?
What is
how can i
help myself
and others?
Awareness
Spread
what is
impostor
syndrome?
"[it's] a psychological
phenomenon in which people
are unable to internalize their
accomplishments […] those
with the synd...
FAILURE
FAILURESUCCESS
SUCCESS
SUCCESS SUCCESS
FAILURESUCCESS
SUCCESS
SUCCESS
SUCCESS
“i got lucky”
“i'm not smart”
“i'm not a good
developer”
“i'm a phony”
“i don't belong here”
what's
<code> got
to do with
it?
50%
social
what makes us
so susceptible?
impostor
syndrome is an
!
!
problem
intellectual
field
we praise &
celebrate
intelligent
developers!
“We are looking
for a rockstar
front-end
developer to
join our team.”
“Come work with a team of
AlphaGeeks, Git Ninjas, an...
we surround
ourselves with
smart people
open source
social media
mindset
how
doesimpostor
affect developers?
syndrome
Afraid to
speak upor
share ideas
nocontribute
desire to
afraid
to apply to
new jobs
burnoutDue To
Keeping up
thanks
bressain,
now i'm sad
overcoming
impostor
syndrome
first step:
education
great resources
Julie Pagano talk
Ruby Rogues podcast
Scott Hanselman post
Acknowledge Some
important
truths
you
!
!
at evaluating
you
SUCK
impostor syndrome
may never
fully go away
pro
crasti
nation
bad
tech
skills
!=
Create a
support system
avoidnegative people
reconnect
with
spiritual side
your
step away
from the
trees
stop& acknowledge
real
success
learn
don't
from Failure
dwell on it
everything
!
experiment
is an
watch the
self-deprecating
jokes
your
are human
intellectual heroes
measure
yourself
against
yourself
cliché
phrase
incoming:
fake it
make it
’til you
do the things
holding
you back
That are
track
measurable
progress
x
x
help others
pretty sure i
don't have
impostor
syndrome
How
Do I
someone
has
know
impostor
syndrome?
regularly
Skills or Experiences
Disclaimsor
Understatestheir
not
willing
for
to take
credit
roles in projects
self-
deprecating
humor
what things
can i
actually do
to help?
hacker school
user's manual
No feigning surprise
No “well actually”
No backseat driving
No subtle sexism or
other isms
recognize
success
and call out
give
start
permissionto
don't
they need
to avoid
be
the
Negative Person
be proactivewhen
offering help
with
Great Power
great
responsibility
comes
we're all
impostors
to some
degree
(and that’s OK)
move
burning out
Forwardwithout
pleasetalk about
this
help yourself
help others
do i
belong
here?
YES!
questions?
• It’s Dangerous to Go Alone: Battling the Invisible
Monsters in Tech - Julie Pagano
• http://juliepagano.com/blog/2013/11...
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Ever felt like everyone around you at work/school is smarter than you? Do your efforts always seem to pale in comparison to those of your peers? Do you feel like you should just give up and move on to another profession? You may be suffering from impostor syndrome. More and more developers are falling victim to impostor syndrome as they participate in social media and open source software development. You may already be suffering from it or know someone who is. Learn what impostor syndrome is, what the symptoms are, why it's important to know about it and steps you can take to overcome it.

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  1. 1. Utah Code Camp Spring 2014 Bressain Dinkelman yes,you belong here
  2. 2. who am i? Bressain Dinkelman www.dinkelburt.com @dinkelburt +BressainDinkelman
  3. 3. DISCLAIMER
  4. 4. DISCLAIMER I am not a psychologist
  5. 5. DISCLAIMER Use at your own risk
  6. 6. why are ! ! here? YOU
  7. 7. impostor syndrome? What is
  8. 8. how can i help myself and others?
  9. 9. Awareness Spread
  10. 10. what is impostor syndrome?
  11. 11. "[it's] a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments […] those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved"
  12. 12. FAILURE FAILURESUCCESS SUCCESS SUCCESS SUCCESS FAILURESUCCESS SUCCESS SUCCESS SUCCESS
  13. 13. “i got lucky”
  14. 14. “i'm not smart”
  15. 15. “i'm not a good developer”
  16. 16. “i'm a phony”
  17. 17. “i don't belong here”
  18. 18. what's <code> got to do with it?
  19. 19. 50% social
  20. 20. what makes us so susceptible?
  21. 21. impostor syndrome is an ! ! problem intellectual field
  22. 22. we praise & celebrate intelligent developers!
  23. 23. “We are looking for a rockstar front-end developer to join our team.” “Come work with a team of AlphaGeeks, Git Ninjas, and Linux Jedis!” “…looking for a JavaScript and jQuery guru…” “Startup Superhero/ Ninja Internship”
  24. 24. we surround ourselves with smart people
  25. 25. open source
  26. 26. social media
  27. 27. mindset
  28. 28. how doesimpostor affect developers? syndrome
  29. 29. Afraid to speak upor share ideas
  30. 30. nocontribute desire to
  31. 31. afraid to apply to new jobs
  32. 32. burnoutDue To Keeping up
  33. 33. thanks bressain, now i'm sad
  34. 34. overcoming impostor syndrome
  35. 35. first step: education
  36. 36. great resources Julie Pagano talk Ruby Rogues podcast Scott Hanselman post
  37. 37. Acknowledge Some important truths
  38. 38. you ! ! at evaluating you SUCK
  39. 39. impostor syndrome may never fully go away
  40. 40. pro crasti nation bad tech skills !=
  41. 41. Create a support system
  42. 42. avoidnegative people
  43. 43. reconnect with spiritual side your
  44. 44. step away from the trees
  45. 45. stop& acknowledge real success
  46. 46. learn don't from Failure dwell on it
  47. 47. everything ! experiment is an
  48. 48. watch the self-deprecating jokes
  49. 49. your are human intellectual heroes
  50. 50. measure yourself against yourself
  51. 51. cliché phrase incoming:
  52. 52. fake it make it ’til you
  53. 53. do the things holding you back That are
  54. 54. track measurable progress x x
  55. 55. help others
  56. 56. pretty sure i don't have impostor syndrome
  57. 57. How Do I someone has know impostor syndrome?
  58. 58. regularly Skills or Experiences Disclaimsor Understatestheir
  59. 59. not willing for to take credit roles in projects
  60. 60. self- deprecating humor
  61. 61. what things can i actually do to help?
  62. 62. hacker school user's manual
  63. 63. No feigning surprise No “well actually” No backseat driving No subtle sexism or other isms
  64. 64. recognize success and call out
  65. 65. give start permissionto
  66. 66. don't they need to avoid be the Negative Person
  67. 67. be proactivewhen offering help
  68. 68. with Great Power great responsibility comes
  69. 69. we're all impostors to some degree (and that’s OK)
  70. 70. move burning out Forwardwithout
  71. 71. pleasetalk about this
  72. 72. help yourself
  73. 73. help others
  74. 74. do i belong here?
  75. 75. YES!
  76. 76. questions?
  77. 77. • It’s Dangerous to Go Alone: Battling the Invisible Monsters in Tech - Julie Pagano • http://juliepagano.com/blog/2013/11/02/it-s-dangerous-to-go-alone-battling- the-invisible-monsters-in-tech/ • I’m a Phony. Are You? - Scott Hanselman • http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ImAPhonyAreYou.aspx • Impostor Syndrome with Tim Chevalier - Ruby Rogues Podcast • http://rubyrogues.com/107-rr-impostor-syndrome-with-tim-chevalier/ • Impostor syndrome - Geek Feminism Wiki • http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Impostor_syndrome • Hacker School User’s Manual - Social rules • https://www.hackerschool.com/manual#sec-environment !78

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