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Flying Lessons

First of all, man, it’s only been 3 days??!!

Shereef took some time today to talk to us about “empathy”:  the interpersonal skill of interaction between human beings and how important  it is to refine that skill as a developer. Oftentimes projects fail not because of budgets or time constraints, but because the team couldn’t get their act together to pull it off. From experience, I know this is definitely true.

Another part of the empathy concept is to learn to give and receive feedback constructively. Without feedback, we can’t learn. But in today’s world, everyone is so PC, people are afraid to give feedback or worse, don’t know how to handle it and act on it.

A fun part of the presentation was a demonstration of giving and receiving feedback. Our group (“the banana slugs”) were given the task of molding a plane out of Play-Doh, and the rest of the group was to give us feedback ranging from “kind and encouraging” to “highly critical and negative”. I’m happy to say that most of my feedback was positive! 😉

Here’s mine:

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To become a developer…

I did it. I’m going to Dev Bootcamp!

After submitting my application back in July, and never hearing back, I figured I had been passed over. Turns out the team at DBC was on a little vacay action and finally got back to me a few weeks ago to set up my Skype interview.

I interviewed with the founder, Shereef Bishay. I was a little nervous, but he’s a pretty laid back guy and it went pretty smoothly. He did throw in a little test to make sure I actually had a brain, but the exercise was sort of designed to be a team effort and we were able to solve it together. Phew.

Anyway, I’m on my way to attending the Feb 2013 session! I’m actually looking forward to the yoga – after my bike crash I am feeling all sorts of wound up and I think my body could use a good stretching for once in my life.

Here’s to something new and exciting and scary! Man, life’s a trip…