Programming as art, software leads the sustainability movement, and we examine unconscious bias in the workplace. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup.
At Kenzie, we know how effective project-based learning can be — it can give students agency in their education and help sharpen critical thinking skills. Project-based learning also challenges students to “learn from life.” For 3 young students, a portfolio-based curriculum helped them process personal experiences regarding misinformation and racial justice. Read this powerful story on EdSurge.
Think software development is a purely technical task? Think again. Sabal Technologies’ Director of Engineering Jesus Bello asks organizations to see the creativity that exists within the field. In this piece, he argues that the software development life cycle strays from engineering’s traditional rules. Instead, Jesus posits creative thinking and technical practices come together in the art of software development. Peep this one on Forbes.
Love the planet? Love tech? (Of course you do or you wouldn’t be reading this news piece). Check out this story about Conor Kelly, Senior Software Engineer and Sustainability Lead at Microsoft. He’s heading up a project in Dublin to generate electricity through the use of solar panels. The project is predicted to produce enough energy annually to power the equivalent of 68 Irish homes for a year. Read more about how software is at the forefront of the sustainability movement on Microsoft.
UXpert of the Week: Shalin Amin
Shalin Amin is the Chief Experience Officer at Zumper and the former Head of Design at Uber. In this in-depth interview, he shares how he solved some of Uber’s biggest UX problems and how he plans to improve UX at Zumper. Learn more about Shalin on Built In.
Remote work comes with its challenges and its perks. Whether you love it or hate it, WFH is here to stay so learning how to be good at it is important. What are the keys to remote success? By cultivating a few soft skills, you’ll be well on your way to impressing your boss (and maybe even landing that promotion you’ve been eyeing). This one’s written by Kenzie’s very own Alexa Goins — enjoy. Read more on purpose.jobs.
This is the question Dr. Adriana Dominguez hopes you’ll ask yourself. She explores a frustrating workplace experience in this thoughtful article on unconscious bias. This week at Kenzie, we’ve been reflecting a lot on the topic of unconscious bias. Our staff recently participated in a diversity and inclusion training that was uncomfortable and vulnerable, yet extremely informative. We invite you to reflect with us by checking out Adriana’s story on Inside Higher Ed.
Hot take of the Week: Why Netflix prioritizes pay
Netflix pays a pretty penny for its Software Engineers, outpricing its competitors for the same positions… We’ll wait while you browse their latest job listings. Recently, CEO Reed Hastings explained his reasoning for this: “the best programmer doesn’t add 10 times the value” but “more like 100 times.” Reed’s theory reminds us of an interesting debate around the idea of the “genius” engineer and how to measure the value one adds to a company. Read about it on Dice.