Mike Dent (@oranjutanj)

Humanising Software Development

This picture was taken of Stockton Riverside by a rather pleasant human called Andy. He is a software engineer who works with me and other humans who are software engineers. The users we write software for are also complex but pleasant humans. We happen to know about technology and processes that will make those humans happy.

What is this site?

Partly a bio, but mainly a platform to blog about the human aspect of software development and meta-musings thereof. I see many blogs that go into great technical detail about which JavaScript framework to use and cloud architectural patterns (which are massively useful), but little on the soft skills required to build great products for actual people. Starting with people and problems first rather than technology is a difficult concept for most engineers or developers, and I hope to share some of the learnings from my own journey.

I can also be a bit more informal and free here than I would be on LinkedIn. I’m quite a creative person and I need to vent it somewhere. Sorry.

What is an oranjutanj house?

It is a place where oranjutanjs live.

Recent Blogs

  • Why emotional intelligence is increasingly required in software development
    TLDR; Because AI can’t automate human emotion (yet).Read time ~ 7 minutes “emotional intelligence—the ability to, for instance, understand your effect on others and manage yourself accordingly—accounts for nearly 90 percent of what moves people up the ladder when IQ […]
  • The balance of people and product
    TLDR; favour people. So a combination of finishing my new favourite book “The Infinite Game” by Simon Sinek, a change in career and some pretty heavy family events has led me to reflect a lot on this question.  To clarify, […]

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All photography attributed to Andrew Phillips, great software developer and all-round sound bloke. Please ask him if you’d like to use any of his photos!