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Software development engineer in Microsoft. A subjective view of soft skills required

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1 Author(s)
Orsted, M. ; Microsoft, Dublin, Ireland

This paper is a position statement. There are important requirements on software development engineers that go beyond the normal academic qualifications and technical skills, and which quite often receive a lower priority in education and training. Some of the soft skills that are listed in the job descriptions for software development engineers at Microsoft are: change management; self-development; composure and stress management; problem-solving skills; drive for results; communication skills; and interpersonal skills. This paper focuses on the first four of these. The exact description of the soft skills needed changes depending on the level of the position

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Software Engineering, 2000. Proceedings of the 2000 International Conference on

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2000