Normally in this space, I talk about the tech side of things. Whether it's events, concepts, books, startups, or whatever, I've always written on the harder tech skills. It's ironic since when I joined the Computer Science Advisory Board from my undergraduate school last year, our focus was on the soft skills.
The point is always: “It doesn't matter how smart you are if you can't express your idea effectively.”
With that in mind, I'm happy to announce Day Camp 4 Developers organized by my friend and colleague Cal Evans. It's an online conference taking place on Saturday November 6th. Cal has found five great people to join this little endeavor:
- Josh Holmes [blog] will talk about the trials and and trevails of becoming and remaining a software architect.
- Lorna Jane Mitchell [blog] will present on how your career can benefit from joining the Open Source Community. Experience, exposure, responsibility, it's all there.
- Next, Scott Gordon, the “Anti Pimp,” gives the recruiters' perspective on how to make your resume interesting and appealing. Your resume is what opens the door.
- Brian Prince covers how to actively manage your career and interview well. After all, if you strike out as soon as you walk in the door, the rest won't matter.
- Finally, Elizabeth Naramore [blog] will cover the always-hated task of technical
writing. Whether it's a blog post, a user manual, or code commenting, if
you can't communicate, you lose in the long run.
Check out Day Camp 4 Developers to sign up.
At only $35, can you afford not to do it?
Follow the action here: DayCamp4Devs
Disclosure: Cal Evans is a friend and one of my collaborateurs in Blue Parabola, LLC and a number of the presenters are friends and people whom I respect from the community. Also, the DC4D logos are affiliate links.