Software Engineering is a unique software industry segment as it involves regular social interaction with developer communities at meetups and conferences alongside the various meetings, pairing and solo coding time that lurch us between extremes of social activity and isolation. Contrary to the stereotype of a lone introverted developer, everyone working in tech can sit anywhere on the introvert/ extrovert scale. As an extrovert with introverted tendencies, I’ve often found some of these events to be as draining as they are engaging.
In this talk, I discuss the factors that impact our social battery generally and those specific to software engineering. I’ll also share tips on managing your social battery, learned from my wonderful colleagues, and tips you can use to manage your social battery and well-being as well as those we engage with within the developer community.
Carly Richmond
Carly is a Principal Developer Advocate at Elastic, based in London, UK. Before joining Elastic in 2022, she spent over 10 years working as a technologist at a large investment bank, specialising in front-end web development and agility. She is a UI developer, who occasionally dabbles in writing backend services, speaker and a regular blogger.
She enjoys cooking, photography, drinking tea, and chasing after her young son in her spare time.