Compassionate Coding combines the effective practices of agile software development with a focus on empathy and the latest in positive organizational psychology. We were lucky enough to have April Wensel, founder of Compassionate Coding, answer our questions about improving tech culture!
Can you please introduce yourself?
My name is April Wensel! I've spent the past decade working as a software engineer and leading teams. I'm a generalist full-stack. Only last year did I become a "nomad."
I launched my company Compassionate Coding to bring more empathy to technology (it doesn't even take a full decade in tech to show you that we need it!) So now I travel around to tech companies and conferences teaching emotional intelligence geared toward engineers.
I'm of the camp that we should abolish the term "soft skills." Communication, empathy, etc are vital to the success of software teams. They are essential professional skills!
How did you become a full stack engineer?
What made you decide to start your own company?
That's a great question, and I'm happy to talk about it because I really do hope more women start their own.
Ever since graduating, the startup world called to me. What appealed to me most about starting a company in general was the freedom to manage my own time. I've always felt happier when I'm the one scheduling my days.
For Compassionate Coding specifically, I saw a need. I think the problems in the tech industry are all connected--lack of diversity, stress, burnout, bad interview practices, lack of concern for people displaced by technology, etc.
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