Soft Skills – As Important If Not More Important Than Technical Skills At Conferences

A number of years ago, after speaking at user groups, companies, high schools, colleges, code camps and at large paid conferences for 20 years I decided to turn the topic of my sessions away from the latest version of a framework and somehow figure out a way to teach my “experience” of software engineering.  This [...]


Did You Know Most Speakers At Software Conferences Don’t Get Paid?

I have been speaking at software conferences since the 90’s. Since competition is pretty high at paid conferences, most I have spoken at are “community conferences” which are usually free or a very low-cost. One of the very first Silicon Valley Code Camps I spoke at (the largest in the world with over 2,500 attendees [...]