Motivation: A Developer’s Greatest Tool

When I read Somnez’ Soft Skills book, I found the section on motivation very interesting. Somnez compares internally motivated people vs. externally motivated people, and raves about how hugely beneficial it is for that motivation to come from the inside. It’s not a new concept; google intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation and you’ll find plenty of psychological studies and papers. That being said, motivation’s importance on both career and education cannot be overstated.

The beauty of working with passionate, driven developers (or just passionate people) is the practically contagious motivation that they radiate. It drives them to seek self-improvement, leading to a stronger knowledge base, which can then passed along to other members of the team. It embolden’s them to think outside of the box, and propose unique solutions to typically complicated or misunderstood problems. But this is only true of motivation emanating from the inside. Continue reading “Motivation: A Developer’s Greatest Tool”

Preparation, Presentation, and Passion

I’m a little behind on my posts for the last two weeks, in part because my work was kind enough to fly me and a few coworkers out to a conference. With some time to reflect on the sessions I attended, I learned a few things that I thought might be useful to others.

I’ve been to 5 developer conferences so far, and I’ve witnessed my fair share of exceptional speakers, mediocre sessions, and disaster-level presentations. One talk will have me completely entranced, and then next will knock me out like a bad flu and Nyquil. So what makes one talk better than another? Continue reading “Preparation, Presentation, and Passion”