How I got here

During the time I’ve been working as a Software Developer, I’ve seen people state often times that we tend to leave the fundamentals of the technology stack we use behind to ship code faster and deliver value to companies so the deadlines are met.

I have been there myself. We live in a time where things are fast-paced, changes happen all the time and we still need some time to live our personal lives. …

People laughing in front of a laptop
People laughing in front of a laptop
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As the Software Engineer role grows in popularity and everyone gets themselves into technical bootcamps, it’s also common to see companies saying that Soft Skills are also an important factor when considering a candidate for a position. But what are those, and why do people seem to have a hard time giving concrete examples?

What are Soft Skills?

According to the Collins English Dictionary, the term is defined as:

“desirable qualities for certain forms of employment that do not depend on acquired knowledge: they include common sense, the ability to deal with people, and a positive flexible attitude”

Such traits act as complements to…

Pile of copies of the book ‘Brotopia — Breaking up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley’
Pile of copies of the book ‘Brotopia — Breaking up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley’

From video games to spaceships, technology’s played a big role in modern society. Powerful men leading the movement are often celebrated and recognized as the face of the tech industry. However, have you ever asked yourself why almost no women make it to the headlines?

Being a female Software Engineer myself, I struggled a lot with the stereotype that was expected from me. There were moments when I felt special about not being “like all the other girls” until I realized I’d never fit into the boy’s club either. …

Girl looking at communication icons
Girl looking at communication icons
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Ever since I became a part of the team at QuintoAndar, I was introduced to many processes I was not familiar with. One of those was mandatory code reviews.

In short, code reviewing is reading through another person’s code and commenting whether you think there’s a better way of solving a problem, giving some tips, and even complimenting their solutions.

Within the company, in order to merge our code to production, we need at least one approval — and, consequently, a review — from another engineer. And we are highly encouraged by our leaders to contribute to this culture. However…

Há alguns meses me deparei com este post incrível do Gabs Ferreira discutindo o fato que as empresas querem sempre contratar os melhores profissionais, mas nunca desenvolvê-los.

Durante os meus anos de atuação como Desenvolvedora de Software, passei por bastante coisa. Desde crises de ansiedade e síndrome do impostor — que quase me fizeram desistir — até meetups que me fizeram sentir a própria Ada Lovelace.

Uma breve contextualização

É necessário fazer recortes de gênero, raça, classe, orientação sexual e mais um bocado de particularidades de cada pessoa para entender a sua trajetória e os seus objetivos de vida. Enquanto mulher, as dificuldades…

Stephany Nusch

She/her. Neurodiverse software developer. I like languages, games, music and frogs.

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