April Wensel is the founder of Compassionate Coding, a social enterprise that offers coaching and training to empower individuals and teams to cultivate sustainable and human-centered agile software development practices. She has spent the past decade in software engineering and technical leadership roles at various Silicon Valley startups. She also mentors widely and volunteers with organizations like Black Girls Code and Hackbright Academy to advance diversity in the software industry. When not coding, she enjoys writing, running marathons, and cooking vegan food.
Software may be built on machines, but it’s built by and for human beings. To be a highly effective software engineer, you must be able to navigate human interactions successfully. Emotional intelligence is the set of competencies that will allow you to do just that! Whether you’re discussing tradeoffs with your UX designer, convincing your team to adopt a new tool, or just reviewing someone’s code, interpersonal skills are essential. Emotional intelligence not only helps in our interactions with others; it also includes self-awareness, which allows us to motivate ourselves, manage stress, and avoid burnout. This talk will give you a better understanding of your own behavior, and it will also help you to cultivate empathy for the people on your team. You’ll learn a suite of practical tools that will empower you to prevent burnout, improve productivity, and tackle difficult conversations at work. You’ll leave inspired to apply these new skills to unlock your full potential as a developer and a human being!
Inspirational talks about Angular, Rxjs, NodeJS, and other modern cutting-edge technologies.