Interfacing with Humans: Communication Hacks to Boost Your Dev Career

What C-3PO and Spock can teach developers about communicating.

When was the last time you played the game Telephone? For most of us, we haven’t participated in that activity since childhood. For those who haven’t played it, the game starts when one person whispers a word or phrase in someone’s ear. The listener then whispers what they heard to the next person, and so on and so forth. The last person then says out loud what they heard. More often than not, laughter ensues as the first utterance likely displays no resemblance to the last one.

The problem is, children aren’t the only ones who struggle to clearly communicate ideas. All too often, this issue plagues the workplace too. In particular, developers know all too well what this feels like.

So what gives? What can developers do to improve communication once and for all? Jeff Hadfield, a member of SAP’s Developer Advisory Board, former president/CXO of CodeProject and editor/publisher of Visual Studio Magazine, JavaPro, Enterprise Architect and more, will discuss ways in which developers can more effectively communicate with peers and boost their career in the process.