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2015
Become a
Better Engineer
Through Writing
Kristina Thai
iOS Software Engineer
Intuit
#GHC15
2015
@kristinathai
2015
Hi, I’m Kristina!
@kristinathai
πŸ’» πŸ“± πŸŽ“
2015
What makes a good
engineer?
@kristinathai
2015
Engineer Checklist*
Technical skills
 Strong coder
 Domain expert
 Problem solver
β€œSoft” skills
 Communicates wel...
2015
What does this have to
do with writing?
@kristinathai
2015
4 Writing Channels That
Help Engineers
@kristinathai
2015
πŸ““ Personal Journal
❓ Question & Answer Forums
πŸ“– Blogging
πŸ“ Technical Tutorials
@kristinathai
2015
Personal Journal
@kristinathai
πŸ““
 What is it?
βˆ’ Private place to record your technical
challenges
2015
Personal Journal
@kristinathai
πŸ““
 Benefits
βˆ’ Reflection time
βˆ’ For your eyes only
βˆ’ Easy to get started
 Challenges...
2015
Developer Q&A Forums
@kristinathai
❓
 What is it?
βˆ’ Places where people go to for help with their
technical problems...
2015
Q&A Forums
@kristinathai
❓
2015
Q&A Forums❓
@kristinathai
2015
Q&A Forums
@kristinathai
❓
 Benefits
βˆ’ Learn what others
are struggling with
βˆ’ Easy to pick up
whenever you want
βˆ’ B...
2015
Blogging
 What is it?
βˆ’ Public place to record your technical
challenges
βˆ’ Your own personal site, or a part of a
bl...
2015
Blogging
@kristinathai
πŸ“–
2015
Blogging
@kristinathai
πŸ“–
2015
Blogging
@kristinathai
πŸ“–
2015
Blogging
 Benefits
βˆ’ Public exposure
βˆ’ Builds reputation
βˆ’ Reflection time
 Challenges
βˆ’ Lots of time &
commitment
...
2015
Technical Tutorials
 What is it?
βˆ’ Step-by-step technical walkthroughs that teach
others how to do something
βˆ’ Usual...
2015
Technical Tutorials
@kristinathai
πŸ“
2015
Technical Tutorials
@kristinathai
πŸ“
2015
Technical Tutorials
 Benefits
βˆ’ By far the absolute
best to build
reputation
βˆ’ Reinforces learning
βˆ’ Build full proj...
2015
That’s a lot!
@kristinathai
πŸ™Ž
❓❓❓
2015
My Journey
@kristinathai
2015@kristinathai
2015
My Posts
@kristinathai
2015
Website Stats
@kristinathai
As of Oct 4, 2015
2015
Blog Contributor
@kristinathai
2015
Invites to Speak
@kristinathai
2015
Benefits
@kristinathai
2015
Getting Started
@kristinathai
2015
Engineer Checklist
Technical skills
 Strong coder
 Domain expert
 Problem solver
β€œSoft” skills
 Communicates well...
2015
Tips for Getting Started
@kristinathai
πŸŽ“
πŸ‘­
πŸ’»
Don’t have to be THE expert
Check out your side projects
Find a blogging...
2015
More Resources
@kristinathai
 Websites & apps for personal journals
 Great beginner question and answer sites
 Blo...
2015
Thanks!
Kristinathai.com
@kristinathai
her@kristinathai.com
@kristinathai
2015
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  1. 2015 Become a Better Engineer Through Writing Kristina Thai iOS Software Engineer Intuit #GHC15 2015 @kristinathai
  2. 2015 Hi, I’m Kristina! @kristinathai πŸ’» πŸ“± πŸŽ“
  3. 2015 What makes a good engineer? @kristinathai
  4. 2015 Engineer Checklist* Technical skills  Strong coder  Domain expert  Problem solver β€œSoft” skills  Communicates well  Passion for learning  Learns from mistakes  Teacher/mentor @kristinathai *Not a comprehensive list
  5. 2015 What does this have to do with writing? @kristinathai
  6. 2015 4 Writing Channels That Help Engineers @kristinathai
  7. 2015 πŸ““ Personal Journal ❓ Question & Answer Forums πŸ“– Blogging πŸ“ Technical Tutorials @kristinathai
  8. 2015 Personal Journal @kristinathai πŸ““  What is it? βˆ’ Private place to record your technical challenges
  9. 2015 Personal Journal @kristinathai πŸ““  Benefits βˆ’ Reflection time βˆ’ For your eyes only βˆ’ Easy to get started  Challenges βˆ’ Hard to keep up βˆ’ Doesn’t benefit anyone else βˆ’ No one to correct you if you’re wrong
  10. 2015 Developer Q&A Forums @kristinathai ❓  What is it? βˆ’ Places where people go to for help with their technical problems βˆ’ Knowledgeable experts answer questions
  11. 2015 Q&A Forums @kristinathai ❓
  12. 2015 Q&A Forums❓ @kristinathai
  13. 2015 Q&A Forums @kristinathai ❓  Benefits βˆ’ Learn what others are struggling with βˆ’ Easy to pick up whenever you want βˆ’ Bite-sized chunks βˆ’ Builds reputation  Challenges βˆ’ Negative comments
  14. 2015 Blogging  What is it? βˆ’ Public place to record your technical challenges βˆ’ Your own personal site, or a part of a blogging community βˆ’ Most popular form of technical online writing @kristinathai πŸ“–
  15. 2015 Blogging @kristinathai πŸ“–
  16. 2015 Blogging @kristinathai πŸ“–
  17. 2015 Blogging @kristinathai πŸ“–
  18. 2015 Blogging  Benefits βˆ’ Public exposure βˆ’ Builds reputation βˆ’ Reflection time  Challenges βˆ’ Lots of time & commitment βˆ’ Keeping your blog fresh & unique @kristinathai πŸ“–
  19. 2015 Technical Tutorials  What is it? βˆ’ Step-by-step technical walkthroughs that teach others how to do something βˆ’ Usually has a working demo project at the end βˆ’ Your own personal site, or a part of a tutorial community @kristinathai πŸ“
  20. 2015 Technical Tutorials @kristinathai πŸ“
  21. 2015 Technical Tutorials @kristinathai πŸ“
  22. 2015 Technical Tutorials  Benefits βˆ’ By far the absolute best to build reputation βˆ’ Reinforces learning βˆ’ Build full projects  Challenges βˆ’ Even MORE time and commitment βˆ’ Find unique/undiscovered solutions @kristinathai πŸ“
  23. 2015 That’s a lot! @kristinathai πŸ™Ž ❓❓❓
  24. 2015 My Journey @kristinathai
  25. 2015@kristinathai
  26. 2015 My Posts @kristinathai
  27. 2015 Website Stats @kristinathai As of Oct 4, 2015
  28. 2015 Blog Contributor @kristinathai
  29. 2015 Invites to Speak @kristinathai
  30. 2015 Benefits @kristinathai
  31. 2015 Getting Started @kristinathai
  32. 2015 Engineer Checklist Technical skills  Strong coder  Domain expert  Problem solver β€œSoft” skills  Communicates well  Passion for learning  Learns from mistakes  Teacher/mentor @kristinathai
  33. 2015 Tips for Getting Started @kristinathai πŸŽ“ πŸ‘­ πŸ’» Don’t have to be THE expert Check out your side projects Find a blogging buddy
  34. 2015 More Resources @kristinathai  Websites & apps for personal journals  Great beginner question and answer sites  Blogging & tutorial writing platforms  Tips on how to keep it up kristinathai.com/writing
  35. 2015 Thanks! Kristinathai.com @kristinathai her@kristinathai.com @kristinathai
  36. 2015 Got Feedback? Rate and review the session on our mobile app Download at http://ddut.ch/ghc15 or search GHC 2015 in the app store
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Intuit's iOS Software Engineer, Kristina Thai, presents 4 writing channels that help engineers at the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.

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