Overcoming impostor syndrome in an agile environment

Full Name(s): 
Ann Wangari Mwangi
Am a 31 year old female developer, who has always loved programming but thought that I wasn't good enough. Many times since graduating from college I tried to work in other sectors of technology but ended up really sad since I was not programming.I always saw many "good programmers", who looked like they knew all about their work figured out.Finally, I applied to work in a software company, and despite the hectic interview, I was invited to work with them. Here I found many really good programmers and started wondering why they hired me, was it because of the gender diversity? Finally I came across information about the impostor syndrome and realised that it was really affecting me. I started looking for ways that I could overcome it. Since then, as much as I feel like a fraud at times, but I can overcome it . I would like to help people with such feelings of inadequacy to know that they are much better than they think they are.
Abstract: 
Impostor syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in face of information that indicates that the opposite is true. It is experienced internally as chronic self-doubt, and feelings of intellectual fraudulence. People are unable to internalise and accept their accomplishment and instead attribute them to luck or other external factors rather than ability. When Clance and Imes first described impostor syndrome, they thought it was unique to women, more studies revealed that it affected men too. Many people who grew up in families that placed big emphasis on achievement ended up feeling like Impostors. "In our society there's a huge pressure to achieve," Imes says. “We were created to thrive not to survive.” I believe this should also be the case in the agile environment. In my experience, I have learnt a few points that have helped me thrive in the agile environment. 1. Accepting that am not where I am by mistake or by sheer luck. 2. Celebrate what I know especially when people acknowledge my efforts. 3. Understand that in the technology industry things are always changing, I will never know everything, but I should put an effort to learn as much as I possibly can. 4. People who portray overconfidence (they are many in this industry) don’t necessarily know everything, they just talk a lot but one has to find a way to be heard or be useful. 5. Everyone is different; each going through their own struggles but at the end of the day all these people are important for the success of whatever task is at hand.
Learning outcomes: 
People feeling more confident about themselves People acknowledging and celebrating their success.
Audience Level: 
Advancing
Pre-requisite knowledge: 
None
Session Type: 
Talk
Theme: 
People
Keywords: 
Impostor syndrome
Thriving in an agile environment