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Deep Fried Bytes Episode #44: Soft Skills Every Developer Needs with Brian Prince

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in MVP10, Podcast | Posted on 27-02-2010




According to Wikipedia the definition for Soft skills is a sociological term relating to a person’s “EQ” (Emotional Intelligence Quotient), the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that characterize relationships with other people. Soft skills complement hard skills (part of a person’s IQ), which are the occupational requirements of a job and many other activities. In this episode.

In this episode we sat down with Brian Prince, Developer/Architect Evangelist for Microsoft, to discuss the soft skills developers and software engineers need.  Brian has been speaking at conferences about soft skills for many years.  In true Deep Fried fashion this show is chalk full of stories.  We discuss tips for handling one’s career as well as life work balance, sales and communication.

Behind the Scenes

What was great about this show is we wound up recording over two and a half hours of audio. Yes over two hours!  Brian has been a long time friend of the show and even appeared on show #2 on Interview War Stories. We recorded the show from Brian’s hotel while he was visiting Grand Rapids, MI where Woody lives.  Woody drove over to the hotel and setup some gear.  We also setup a camera so I could see Brian and Woody from Mississippi.  Being able to see each other really helped in the dynamics of the show.  I bet if I hadn’t said anything, most would have thought we were sitting in the same room. It is a great show, we hope you enjoy it.