This was my first time attending Write/Speak/Code and it was an amazing experience. Not only did I learn useful information for advancing my career I delivered my first Keynote talk. I put together a few highlights of the event below:
Android ladies at #wsc2016conf Come say hi if you’re @WriteSpeakCode pic.twitter.com/UHuXRSYH52
— Yash Prabhu (@yashvprabhu) June 15, 2016
Who came the farthest to #wsc2016conf? Woman from Alaska is the winner!! pic.twitter.com/jUOlQpI5du
— WriteSpeakCode (@WriteSpeakCode) June 15, 2016
So there were a few sessions that I derived a ton of value from, one was about “Ask vs. Guess Culture Communication”. This talk discussed the nuances of the different communication styles, as well as strategies for bridging the gap between the two. During the discussion phase we talked about being successful when pair programming with someone who may have a different communication style from you and I really appreciated the following suggestions:
- Do a Pairing Retrospective
- Include lots of “I” statements
- Establish a baseline for why you’re pairing
- Use a Timer ~10 minutes for the “driver”
- Swap writing tests and code
Then during the “Project Discovery Workshop” I was blown away by the many helpful strategies provided by Annie Passanisi. For instance, when you’re working on a technical blog post and you would like feedback how should you approach it? Well, here are some of the suggestions she offered:
- Only ask people you trust to review your work
- Send them the request with a list of questions to answer, like:
- Did it answer all of your questions?
- How can I provide more value?
- What new questions came up for you?
- What was your favorite part?
Exactly what to say when negotiating from @AshleyPQPQP, I find this so challenging to do. Great advice! #wsc2016conf pic.twitter.com/qVAHTsAi2C
— Annyce Davis (@brwngrldev) June 18, 2016
With all the information that was being shared during the conference, I appreciated the fact that I still had time to step away and grab some ice cream with a good friend.
Taking a break from #wsc2016conf to enjoy some ice cream with @brwngrldev pic.twitter.com/88Vu1P1pmA
— Chiu-Ki Chan (@chiuki) June 17, 2016
This was my first time attending an all women conference and it was just as many have said before a transformative experience. I left feeling empowered to do even more great things and to be okay with doing nothing at all.
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