Empathy – the 4th most popular word in 2017, according to Merriam-Webster. It’s interesting that this word has risen up in its popularity this year. Mirriam-Webster also points out the connection between politics in the USA, and the increase usage and searches for empathy.
Here’s Google’s take on how empathy is doing 2017. This is a trend graph compared to sympathy and compassion:
We’re coming upon the end of another year. An eventful year that may have left you with a mix of feelings. Some people wish for 2016 to just get over with and hope for a more positive 2017. I won’t dwell on those aspects. Let’s let the years events be and do what we must to improve and make it better.
On a personal note, I’ve come a long way in the past year and as a result, so has this blog. It’s hard to imagine I was just coming out of a period of burnout, struggle and depression. My recovery manifested itself into the journey that is this blog and everything that’s spawned out of it. I’ve made some wonderful connections along the way, and what better way to celebrate the end of the year than to celebrate these connections? Continue Reading
I’ve been fortunate enough to be interviewed on the Legacy Code Rocks podcast. We had the chance to dive into empathy in software development and cover quite a few topics. I feel it was a really good conversation and I learned a lot. Hope you enjoy it! Continue Reading
The 2016 Empathy Global Index was originally published in the Harvard Business Review. The source of this global index is from The Empathy Business, a UK-based firm “Committed to bringing empathy to business”. This is the 3rd year they have published the Empathy Global Index. Continue Reading
Special credit to Gjermund Bjaanes for sharing this wonderful resource.
Igor Minar is a member of the Angularjs team, and held this presentation at ng-conf 2015.
A special thanks to Jose Gonzalez for tipping me on this weeks Valuable Resource.
The video in question is #43 in the funfunfunction series and addresses a very important subject: “Does a developer need to be nice?”. I’ve written a summary of the video, and added a few of my thoughts a the end.