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Soft skills for_developers

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A detailed presentation of most usefull soft skills for softwate developers.
Why we need them?
How they are helping us not only get the interview, but land the job.

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  1. 1. SOFT SKILLS FOR DEVELOPERS We build.
  2. 2. We build. Most useful soft skills for software developers Gloria Stoilova
  3. 3. We build. MEANING - SOFT SKILLS.
  4. 4. We build. MEANING - SOFT SKILLS Soft skills are personal attributes that enhance an individual's interactions, job performance and career prospects. Sometimes, it is also known as People Skills or Interpersonal Skills. Today soft skills are more essential than the technical abilities of a person
  5. 5. We build. MEANING – HARD SKILLS Hard Skills are about a person's skill set and ability to perform a certain type of task or activity. the ability to think creatively, analyze and understand complicated and abstract ideas.
  6. 6. We build. HARD skills and SOFT skills – Side by Side Hard Skills  Tangible  Can be defined  Can be measured  Relate to an occupation or job  May be technical  Learn in school or from books  Get the interview
  7. 7. We build. Soft Skills vs. Hard Skills – which is more important? This depends highly on the career you choose. Careers can be put into three kinds of categories: 1) Careers that need hard skills and little soft skills: example: Physicists – look at … 2) Careers that need both hard and soft skills – many careers are in this category, for example: Accountants, Lawyers. 3) Careers that need mostly soft skills and little hard skills, for example: sales.
  8. 8. WHY SOFT SKILLS? We build.
  9. 9. We build. WHY SOFT SKILLS? Technical and job-related skills are a must, but they are not sufficient when it comes to progressing up the ladder.
  10. 10. We build. SO WHY DO IT PROFESSIONALS need SOFT SKILLS? 1) Soft Skills help you grow in career. 2) It helps develop good communication and leadership qualities in you. 3) It helps get recognition. 4) It increases ability to perform the job. 5) Soft Skills improve our work efficiency and performance. 6) Soft skills help contribute strongly to the organization’s vision and strategy. Merits of Soft Skills
  11. 11. We build. EXPANDED LIST OF SOFT SKILLS  Communication  Leadership  Strategic thinking  Delegation and motivation  Conflict resolution and negotiation  Influencing  Creative problem solving  Coaching and mentoring  Team building  Personal effectiveness
  12. 12. We build. MAJOR SOFT SKILLS * Communication Skills : * Leadership & presentation Skills: * Decision Making and Problem Solving : * Teamwork and Self Confidence; * Ethics, Morals and Professionalism.
  13. 13. We build. COMUNICATION SKILLS as SOFT SKILLS. The communicative skills involve effective communication in both the national language and English language in different contexts and with different people. The communication skill is an important component that lacks in the present human capital.
  14. 14. We build. When you think of communication skills, you probably think of speaking.
  15. 15. We build. ORAL (VERBAL) COMMUNICATION as SOFT SKILLS Odds are, you have heard a great deal about communication skills. In fact, “great communication skills” is one of the most often cited requirements for jobs across industries. But what exactly are great communication skills? How are they used in everyday life? And how can you improve this set of interpersonal skills?
  16. 16. We build. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION as SOFT SKILLS • Written communication serves as an evidence of the events or the actions that have been taken. Also, there are situations that call for the letters or memos on whose basis certain actions are to be taken.
  17. 17. We build. PROS and almost NO CONS about WRITTEN COMMUNICATION These steps will save you massive time up front and distinguish you from others who will not go the extra mile. Written communication is the most underrated skill in a typical developers arsenal. To express your ideas takes many years of practice but the results are intangible.
  18. 18. We build. BASIC RULES of WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
  19. 19. We build. BASIC RULES of WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 1 - Always THANK the person for emailing you. This applies to every email. Examples: Thanks for contacting me. Thank you for your prompt reply. Thank you for your detailed email. 2 - EMPHASIZE the point they made and show that you understand them. Examples: “If I am reading you correctly, you wish to . . .”; The thing you are telling me is…; As I see it from your mail, we need to…
  20. 20. We build. BASIC RULES of WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3 - ASK QUESTIONS to make sure you understand what they want. Examples: Do you really mean that….?; Is this the way you would like to have it implemented/done… ? 4 - AFTER they answer your questions, reply back the same way you did in step 2 just to CONFIRM that you have an UNDERSTANDING.
  21. 21. We build. SOCIAL SKILLS as SOFT SKILLS Master the art of talking to anyone.
  22. 22. We build. SOCIAL SKILLS as SOFT SKILLS When you first meet someone, what do they notice about you? Beyond how you look.
  23. 23. We build. WHY SOCIAL SKILLS are MORE IMPORTANT THAN PEOPLE THINK? • Many of us don not realize the cost of having poor social skills or the power we would gain if we improved them. • The true cost of not having this skill goes much deeper than just feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed from time to time. • You might think social skills only matter for dating and parties, but they’re absolutely crucial in business (work), too.
  24. 24. We build. REASON #1 - POOR SOCIAL SKILLS have HIDDEN COSTS You might think social skills only matter for dating and parties, but they’re absolutely crucial in business, too. They can be the difference between getting a massive payday or nothing at all.
  25. 25. We build. REASON #2 – EVEN THE “NATURALS” WORK HARD TO BE LIKED Take a second to imagine your favorite celebrity being interviewed on a talk show on TV…..
  26. 26. We build. REASON #2 – EVEN THE “NATURALS” WORK HARD TO BE LIKED
  27. 27. We build. REASON #3 – IF YOUR SOCIAL SKILLS are MISSING THE MARK NOBODY WILL TELL YOU.
  28. 28. We build. REASON #3 – IF YOUR SOCIAL SKILLS ARE MISSING THE MARK - NO BODY WILL TELL YOU
  29. 29. We build. TIPS and TRICKS of developing IMPORTANT SOCIAL SKILLS Want to meet new people and be able to start interesting conversations? There are some quite few common mistakes most people make and there are some very simple ways to learn how to make small talk with anyone. 1. Learn to make small talks. Learn How to skillfully exit a boring conversation
  30. 30. We build. 2. Overcome shyness and build confidence. • You have to learn to be more confident? Most people would assume that this is impossible. But confidence is a skill, and like any other skill, you can master it over time.
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  32. 32. We build. 3. Stand out of a crowd. • I know first hand that being that awkward guy (or girl) in social and professional situations is the worst. It’s embarrassing and unpleasant for everyone. Learn the best strategies for overcoming anxiety and being confident in group settings. • There are few very nice role- practices to do it fast.
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  34. 34. We build. • Everyone has that friend who can walk into a bar and talk to anybody with ease. • How do they do it? Learn the “secrets” for getting people to like you, instantly and most important – put them into practice. 4. Get people to like you instantly.
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  36. 36. We build. TEACHING and PRESENTATION AS SOFT KILLS Even as a beginner, teaching and presenting are an important skills to have as a developer. • If you are a beginner or you just started a new job, then you probably think you have nothing to teach. The reality is that in most cases you probably do. • There is nothing wrong to end up equipped with a marker and draw diagrams on a whiteboard, participating in a brainstorm sessions, explaining how things work from your perspective or experience.
  37. 37. We build. • When we all started our first software development job, we thought we would spend more time learning from others. But it’s never the case, right? • In fact we always fall into the combination of doing both learning and leaching. TEACHING and PRESENTATION AS SOFT SKILLS
  38. 38. We build. In any career, whether it be a developer, a painter or a writer, an individual’s focus on the small details can accumulate to greatness. If you want to produce amazing work, you need to be alert and fine-tuned. FOCUS AND SELF ORGANIZING AS SOFT SKILLS
  39. 39. We build. • As developers, this skill SHOULD NOT be understated. • Our job is to build useful stuff. And to create something that is valuable to others can take a lot of time. One technique you may find useful is the Pomodoro technique. There are loads of cool versions available online. FOCUS AND SELF ORGANIZING AS SOFT SKILLS
  40. 40. We build. THE PO-MO-DO-RO TECHNIQUE
  41. 41. We build. Here is how it works: in brief • You set a timer for 25 minutes • You concentrate on ONE task for that 25 minutes • After the 25 minutes are up, you take a 5-minute break • Any thoughts that come to your head that are not related to the task at hand, you write them down to focus on later. • You repeat the cycle up to four times (or even more). • This technique is great because it makes you focus on one thing at a time. Which helps you produce more meaningful work
  42. 42. We build. BIG PICTURE THINKING AS SOFT SKILLS • If you put the business proposition first, you have a soft skill that is worth keeping. Soft skills are difficult to learn, so those who care first about the product and then about the code they are writing, should take pride in their not-so-common ability. • On one hand, things need to ship out to production to help the business to grow. On the other hand, you have to ensure your future colleagues are not left with unmaintainable code. And, of course, the user also has to enjoy the software.
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  44. 44. We build. LEADERSHIP, STRATEGIC THINKING, DELEGATION AND MOTIVATION • Leadership - Development of leadership skills, promotion, • Strategic thinking • Delegation and motivation leaders need to be especially agile to stay current with their business as the pace of change has accelerated so dramatically. Great leadership as a soft skill also requires not only understanding customers’ current needs, but accurately predicting future needs as well.
  45. 45. We build. TROUBLESHOOTING AS SOFT SKILLS • One of the best parts about being a developer (or QA, or tester, or PM) is solving problems. But to solve a problem, you must first go on a journey of finding out what that problem is exactly. • The easiest thing in the world is to memorize a bunch of commands or copy and paste code found on Stackoverflow. Yet the real power is knowing the bigger picture of what’s is going on. If you are tackling a big problem at work, it is best to break it down into tiny editable pieces.
  46. 46. We build. When it comes to software development, troubleshooting problems is everything. LOOK AT THE CURRENT SOLUTION (IF ONE EXISTS). CONSIDER HOW THE CURRENT SOLUTION IS SOLVING THE PROBLEM. (IF IT IS AT ALL.) Once you get a high-level overview of the application, you can go into features of the application. Use the problem, solution, and details technique to further break down the issue.
  47. 47. We build. CONCLUSION • Certain job skills are universal, whether you’re in a tech position or not. For instance, communication and teamwork. In a perfect world we all should have realized the importance of these soft skills before we landed our first job as developers. Our life would be much, much easier and we would be much, much better not only developers, but personalities. These are the 6 most useful soft skills, but here I must mention the ones that we also should master to make the top 10 soft skills for developers: - Empathy - Adaptability - Attitude - Critical thinking
  48. 48. We build. EMPATHY Putting yourself in other people’s shoes and trying to understand their product may be hard, especially if their code is not easily understandable or worse —if you have to write it from scratch. However, practicing empathy will help you get over this sort of events more easily and focus on what really matters, namely the audience which uses the product you created. ADAPTABILITY This skill should be second nature to developers because there are always things to be changed and things to be learned. Adaptability refers to a software developer’s openness to learning new skills, taking on extra responsibilities, even relocating. One of the most important aspects of adaptability is the reaction to change. Do you react positively to comments, criticism, bad news and other sorts of uncomfortable situations? If the answer is yes, you should hold on to this soft skill; it will come in handy.
  49. 49. We build. ATTITUDE Most software developers are lone wolves and they don’t mind the label as long as they can write their code without interruption. Pair programming is not something many developers like to do, but that should be perfectly fine as long as the attitude is the right one. This soft skill can be improved by offering suggestions instead of mere criticism, being more aware of opportunities and complaining less. Experience shows that those who have a positive attitude usually have colleagues that are more willing to help them. CRITICAL THINKING Critical thinking involves assessing facts before reaching a conclusion. Software developers are sometimes faced with a handful of possible solutions, and only critical thinking will allow them to quickly test each scenario mentally before choosing the most efficient one. This soft skill is possibly the most important one because it helps developers write clean, maintainable code.
  50. 50. We build. RECAP OF SOFT SKILLS
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