Day Camp for Developers: Soft Skills schedule

Saturday 6th November 2010

  • Open Source Your Career

    by Lorna Mitchell

    With words like community bandied about, what can the individual gain in professional terms from getting involved in extra-curricular activities? In this session you will hear tales from someone who has almost accidentally benefitted from her community activities about what drives her to get involved and how this has crossed over into her day job(s). Everyone will take home from this session some new ideas about how giving can actually be receiving, and strategies for situations where everyone wins.

    At 10:00am to 10:00am, Saturday 6th November

  • Technical Writing

    by Elizabeth Naramore

    If you’ve had an idea for writing a blog post or article, but you’re not sure where to start, this talk is for you! Maybe you’ve had difficulty effectively documenting your code, or communicating your ideas to non-techies. This talk will help you, too! In this fun and informative session, we’ll discuss the basics of writing and clear communication through the written word. We’ll also talk about strategies for keeping your writing interesting and informative at the same time. Finally, we’ll discuss resources for improving your writing skills in the future.

    At 11:15am to 11:15am, Saturday 6th November

  • Rocking Your Resume

    by Scott Gordon

    Rocking your resume (devil horns in the air) is easy, you just have to know how to gain the attention of the person that’s viewing it. I’ll show a few of the following tips that I think work best.

    How to get a call back almost immediately.
    The truth about cover pages and objective statements.
    Honesty and resumes. (yes..it exists)
    The quickest way to have your resume posted on a recruiting blog and made fun of.

    At 2:00pm to 2:00pm, Saturday 6th November

  • Actively Managing Your Career

    by Brian H Prince

    Sometimes our careers can get away from us, and we end up forgetting about it. Learn how to balance your job and your career, how to interview well (both to hire someone, or to get hired), and how to get to where you want to go. This session will be about concrete examples, no hand waving here.

    At 3:15pm to 3:15pm, Saturday 6th November

  • So You Want to be an Architect

    by Josh Holmes

    I hear quite often that from folks that they want to become a software architect but when I delve deeper on it, I often find that they have no idea what an architect does or what it takes to acquire those skills. Just being a fantastic developer doesn’t cut it. Some of the most hard core developers who have amazing amounts of experience make horrible architects. On the other hand, you do need to have a technical focus to be most effective as an architect.

    At 4:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 6th November

    Coverage slide deck