re: I'm Scott Hanselman, ask me anything! VIEW POST

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Hello Scott, it's my pleasure! I hope you're doing well.

My question to you: What do you think of soft skills and personal development as must-haves for software developers these days? In my career so far (I'm in my thirties) I experience that the stereotyped code monkey seems to disappear and it's more important than ever that you overcome your shyness and learn to communicate (face-to-face) with your team, become self-aware and just try to be a person you'd like to hang out with.

Thank you very much,
Patrick

 

I think you're right on. While there will always be shy folks and shy folks in software, the fact is that most of us are not writing code in a vacuum. We make this software FOR PEOPLE so getting outside our comfort zones and looking people in the eye and understanding/empathizing their situation is absolutely essential for good software.

 
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