Breaking the Stereotype - Amy Hammond

            Amy Hammond

Developers have quite the reputation. Depending on the kind of environment you work in, the title “Developer” comes with some baggage. Clients, managers, designers, and even your end users can immediately assume quite a bit about you. They may have the “brogrammer” flash before their eyes and expect you to be very, very good at code but very, very bad at communicating. Your voice may not be heard when it comes to design decisions and you may never even meet an end user. These assumptions can be dangerous and can even keep us from building the best software we can. Though the stereotype may be exactly what some devs have signed up for, others may be ready to wear the UX or user testing hat. In this talk, we'll chat about ways to navigate your team structure and get involved with design, users, and dust off those soft skills few folks expect us to have.