Why soft skills are more important than technical skills

Nov 27, 2017 | Newsletter

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This week: Why soft skills are more important than technical skills, Why aren’t my engineers taking initiative?, How PMs and developers can give realistic ship dates, Feedback that gives focus.

 

Director of Platform on the the importance of soft skills

HIRING

Why soft skills are more important than technical skills

Alida Miranda-Wolff, Director of Platform at Hyde Park Angels, breaks down why the current shortage of soft skills is bad news for leadership, and explains how to ‘hire the heart and train the brain.’

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Engineering leadership coach on introducing process seamlessly

LEADERSHIP

Why aren’t my engineers taking initiative?

Introducing process is tough when your team doesn’t understand why. Here’s Jean Hsu, Engineering Leadership Coach, on how to get everyone onboard.

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lead project manager on 'evidence based scheduling'

ESTIMATION

How PMs and developers can both (happily!) give realistic ship dates

Roy Yuen, Lead Project Manager at Oursky, and his team have been experimenting with ‘evidence-based scheduling’ to improve the consistency and accuracy of their estimations. Here’s what that process looks like (and why it works).

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an insightful take on how to approach giving and receiving feedback in technical teams

COMMUNICATION

Feedback that gives focus

“Like a good story, good feedback can take us out of ourselves, allowing us to see the work more clearly.” Here’s Dave Peth, Digital Consultant, with an insightful take on how to practice better feedback.

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Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson is a co-founder at GitPrime where he leads design and customer experience. He is a Y Combinator alumni, with a background in product design, branding, and UX design. Follow @thebent on Twitter.

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