Soft Skills

Date: November 06, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT

Day Camp 4 Developers #1 Soft Skills

Most programmers these days can rock their chosen language. There are, however, skills that programmers need that aren’t easy to just pick up. These “soft skills” are as important to your career as the languages in which you program. This day camp teaches you the soft skills they need in their career. Invest a Saturday in your career; learn the skills you need from your five camp counselors. We promise no wallets or lanyards.

Day Camp for Developers is a one-day on-line conference will feature 5 sessions in a single track. You participate in this live conference from the comfort of your own home or office. Included in your price is access to the recordings of all the sessions for download after the conference.

Josh Holmes

So You Want to be an Architect

Josh Holmes

I hear quite often that from folks that they want to become a software architect but when I delve deeper on it, I often find that they have no idea what an architect does or what it takes to acquire those skills. Just being a fantastic developer doesn’t cut it. Some of the most hard core developers who have amazing amounts of experience make horrible architects. On the other hand, you do need to have a technical focus to be most effective as an architect.

In this session we will take on and tackle a number of topics including:

  • What is the role of the software architect?
  • What is software architecture?
  • Do you really want to become an architect?
Lorna Mitchell

Open Source Your Career

Lorna Jane Mitchell

With words like community bandied about, what can the individual gain in professional terms from getting involved in extra-curricular activities? In this session you will hear tales from someone who has almost accidentally benefited from her community activities about what drives her to get involved and how this has crossed over into her day job(s). Everyone will take home from this session some new ideas about how giving can actually be receiving, and strategies for situations where everyone wins.

Elizabeth Naramore

Technical Writing

Elizabeth Naramore

If you’ve had an idea for writing a blog post or article, but you’re not sure where to start, this talk is for you! Maybe you’ve had difficulty effectively documenting your code, or communicating your ideas to non-techies. This talk will help you, too! In this fun and informative session, we’ll discuss the basics of writing and clear communication through the written word. We’ll also talk about strategies for keeping your writing interesting and informative at the same time. Finally, we’ll discuss resources for improving your writing skills in the future.


Actively Managing Your Career

Brian Prince

Sometimes our careers can get away from us, and we end up forgetting about it. Learn how to balance your job and your career, how to interview well (both to hire someone, or to get hired), and how to get to where you want to go. This session will be about concrete examples, no hand waving here.


Rocking Your Resume

Scott Gordon

“I know I’m a chicken coop cleaner outer guy/gal now….but I wanna be a senior architect….and I’m a really fast learner….and…..”

Rocking your resume (devil horns in the air) is easy, you just have to know how to gain the attention of the person that’s viewing it.
I’ll show a few of the following tips that I think work best.

  • How to get a call back almost immediately.
  • The truth about cover pages and objective statements.
  • Honesty and resumes. ( exists)
  • The quickest way to have your resume posted on a recruiting blog and made fun of.