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April Agile Roundup: Chicken Soup for the Dev Soul

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April Agile Roundup: Chicken Soup for the Dev Soul

This wrap up should be something that every dev can enjoy, as we take a look at the human behind (or in front of) the monitor.

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Inhale for five seconds. Now, exhale for five seconds.

Good. Now close your eyes, and do it again. Inhale. Exhale.

Feeling better? Good, because this month's roundup is all about focusing on the person behind the computer...or, in front of it, I guess. I'm sure most of you have experienced the impressed looks you receive once you tell someone your title or the company you work for, then the glazed eyes, vacant smile, and brow furrowed in confusion that immediately follows after you try to explain what it is you actually do.

I know I do, and I'm just an editor.

It can be a bit frustrating sometimes, so this month we're going to take a look at the human side, if you will, of being a developer. So take off your dev mask; there's no jumbled code to resolve or process to analyze here. 

So relax. Inhale...and exhale.

Top Trending

Maybe it's because this is the Agile Zone, but there's rarely any code heavy reading in the top trending...

  1. The Time I Wore a Bulls Eye by John Vester — Facing a hostile meeting, learn how a stop to a local toy store helped relieve the tension and lead to a productive requirements gathering session.

  2.  Will Linux (Finally) Win the Desktop War Because No One Else Cares? by Chris Ward — As Apple and Microsoft lose enthusiasm for their desktop operating systems, will it be time for Linux to shine? Or do Linux enthusiasts even care about winning the desktop war anymore?

  3. Advice for Mid-Career Developers by James Sugrue — Staying sharp as a developer gets tougher as you get older. Here are some tips to give you a few small percentage points.

  4. 10 Mistakes Beginner Programmers Make by Nitish Singh — For all the novice coders out there, get ahead with this article that lists the ten most frequently made beginner errors.

  5. 5 Tips for More Effective Team Meetings by Fred Wilson — What, another meeting?! Well, if you feel like your team is spending a little too much time catching up, check out these strategies to make meetings more worthwhile.

Treat Yo'self

Ah, that's better. Check out these easy-to-read articles that every dev can relate to and enjoy.

How Developers Can Reduce Stress by Andrey Bobrovsky

TCOY, developers. Your work lives are already stressful enough with project deadlines looming, customer feature requests coming in all the time, and the Project Owner breathing down your neck. Take a clarity break and look at these tips to reduce the pressure.

Sweet Dreams, Devs [Comic] by Daniel Stori 

...And then use the rest of your clarity break to check out the latest comic from Daniel Stori, a friendly reminder to make sure you leave work at work.

Insights from the Developer Community by Ali Din

There's nothing more frustrating than not being heard, and I'm sure many of you have a clear understanding of what it feels like to be seen as a statistic in the giant wheel of software development. So we're listening devs. Give us what you got.

Dev Whistleblowers and the Need for Developer Ethics by Cate Lawrence

There's a lot to be said about the power of knowledge, and who holds more power in the software development cycle than the people on the front lines, bringing code to life every day? Remember, developers: if you see something, say something.


That wasn't so hard, now was it? For those of you who want something a little more dense, don't worry, I'll be sure to bring the heat in May. But before you're done, take another moment.

Inhale.

And exhale.


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