Women of Silicon Roundabout 2016
“Women of Silicon Roundabout” takes place on Thursday, 28th January 2016. Women are still hugely under-represented in the technology industry. This conference will bring together some of the most successful women working in tech, so they can discuss how to balance the representation of their gender in this industry.
In line with this topical event, the Cronycle Editors have spent some time putting together collections of recommended reading for each of the topics, along with a point of view which may be discussed at the event. We’ll be following the event live on twitter – contributing with the hashtag #WinTec16 – so let us know your thoughts via @cronycle
Check out the articles the speakers tweet live via this real-time updating collection:
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- Why self-managed development teams need women
- The education debate and STEM programmes
- Art of communication and how to market yourself
Self-managed development teams and women
Self-managed development teams need to have greater insight and understanding of the business goals when developing software. When a development team works in scrum, they have a scrum master who provides a lot of the solutions between the business and development teams. However, in Kanban, this layer only exists within the team itself.
To make a huge generalisation; female developers are accredited with being far more empathetic workers. They tend to think of the end-user when solving the problems presented to them, rather than getting too involved in the best technological solution for the problem. As a result, women have an opportunity to add far more business value to their team when working in a self-managed team because of these characteristics.
For more articles related to developers working in Kanban or being ‘self-managed’ please check out the articles below:
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Encouraging women to enrol and excel in STEM subjects
Women and STEM has long been considered a pipeline problem. Few women enrol in these subjects when looking at higher education, and then out of those who become scientists and engineers, many more drop out than their male counterparts.
In the American Chemical Society awards just this month, despite a membership of 71% men and 29% women, 83% of the award nominees were male. This is characteristic of the whole of science, engineering, technology and mathematics fields.
This is a problem which extends beyond encouraging girls to take up STEM subjects, but also in how to create an environment in which women can apply their talents and succeed in roles once they graduate.
Here’s a collection of articles which reference the ‘gender gap’ and ‘STEM’.
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Art of Communication
In general, women and men have different methods of expressing themselves in the workplace. In general, women focus more on one-on-one relationship building, whereas men are happier exerting their power over a mass audience. Given the historical structure of organisations and KPIs for promotion, it’s easy to see why men can get ahead.
What’s more, sometimes behaving in a way which naturally suits women can give employees different results. According to a recent NYU study, a man who stayed back to help another colleague received 14% higher ratings than a woman who did exactly the same. When a woman behaves in a collaborative and supportive manner it is not praised, but instead it is expected.
For a collection of articles related to women and communication styles – please see below:
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20 Inspirational Women on Twitter
To celebrate the success of today’s Women of Silicon Roundabout Cronycle has created a collection of aggregated articles feom the twitter accounts of 20 inspirational women in the field of tech, advertising, marketing and academia. We are proud to have been a part of the event and wish everyone a great end of the week.
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Let us know if you’d like some research whilst you’re at the “Women of Silicon Roundabout” conference, and we’ll be happy to find and annotate some articles which support or go against your opinion. Either tweet us via @cronycle or contact gus [at] cronycle [dot] com.