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Presented at Eurucamp 2015 in Potsdam, Germany. Video to follow. This PDF includes slides only, with speaker notes at http://www.slideshare.net/lhawthorn/will-the-real-technical-people-please-stand-up
How often have you heard – or said – the phrase “$PERSON just isn’t technical”?
If you’re our speaker, you’ve heard it plenty of times over the past 15 years, and frequently applied it to yourself and other colleagues who didn’t quite fit into well understood “technologist” categories.
But what does technical actually mean? What makes someone technical? What makes them not technical?
In this talk, the speaker will explore how “not technical” is a dangerous phrase we use to ensure that we need never question our hidden biases about others and their aptitudes. She will demonstrate how this phrase not only encourages a lack of collaboration, but leads to stagnation in the growth of your orgnization by actively discouraging your peers from learning new skills.
She will conclude with concrete steps attendees can take to better understand the capabilities of everyone on their team – coders or not – so their projects, company or teams can be most successful.