Overcoming Imposter Syndrome


Imposter Syndrome is a condition in which one feels like they aren't qualified to do what they've been tasked to do or have gotten to where they are through sheer luck. Not only have I personally experienced this and continue to almost 20 years into my career, but almost every developer I've ever met has dealt with it.

When developing/designing/managing/cooking, do you ever feel like:

- You are faking your skills
- You are only where you are due to circumstances and/or luck
- Anyone could do what you're doing
- You don't understand why you're being trusted with the task
- At any moment, someone is going to discover how bad you are at your job

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be suffering from Imposter Syndrome. Congratulations. Acceptance is the first step to recovery.

In my presentation, I'll talk about common ways that Imposter Syndrome expresses itself and some concrete tips & tricks on how to deal with it, both for yourself and coworkers or employees.

This session is for developers of all ages, especially the ones who have battles with self-doubt, but even if you don't struggle with it often, you will come away with ways that you can help other developers on your team. 

Another big takeaway is the Test-Driven Personal Development flowchart, which breaks down complicated emotions into a simple diagram that can be followed with logic. No more pesky emotions getting in the way of your work!

Session Track

Community Keynote

Experience Level


Drupal Version

When & Where

Tuesday, 10 May, 2016 - 13:15 to 14:00
Exhibit Hall Speaker Stage