Apply These 3 Secret Techniques to Become A Successful Software Developer
Train yourself to be a sharper, more effective professional by fine-tuning your attention to detail, your daily notes, and your communication skills.
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What's the difference between an ordinary software developer and a successful software developer?
An ordinary software developer typically works only on the task assigned, and it's rare to expect top-quality deliverables from him. In contrast, a successful software developer wouldn't just complete the assigned task, he'd also ensure:
- The code is bug-free
- There's enough unit test coverage to verify different scenarios
- There's a good amount of branch coverage and line coverage
- The code follows the coding guidelines and best practices
- It's easy to read and easy to maintain
- It's been verified from an integration perspective
Additionally, successful software engineers are always ready to:
- Help others on the team
- Accept more responsibilities
- Take new challenges
Certainly, it's the attitude and aptitude of a software developer that makes them successful software developers. Such individuals are truly an asset to the project teams. Now, let's learn the 3 secret techniques a software developer should apply to become successful.
These tricks and techniques are based on my learning, knowledge, and experience.
TRICK #1: Cultivate a Detail-Oriented Approach
Tackling tasks with detail in mind not only helps you to understand things better but also helps you develop things better. When you're assigned to work on a task in your project, make sure that you have understood it in detail and you know what exactly you have to do.
If something isn't clear, it's better to ask questions up-front and make sure that you have complete clarity about the task. Also, asking relevant questions about the assigned task can boost your tech lead's confidence in you.
Lastly, don't limit yourself just to the task assigned to you. Take a step further and try to understand where the project fits into the overall system and what value you can contribute to the project.
If you're learning any new thing, dive into the details until the concepts are absolutely clear to you and you can easily explain them to others.
TRICK #2: Develop a Habit to Write Daily Progress Notes
Whenever you're working on any assigned task, write down a list of bullet point notes describing the tasks you did each day. Make your daily lists as detailed as possible.
For example, to find the effective solution to one of the problems in your assigned task, did you explore three approaches? Did you evaluate the pros and cons of each approach? If that method helped you to discover the best solution, write that process down.
If you don't make a habit of writing your daily progress notes, you'll lose the valuable information that you discovered while finding the best approach. After few days, you might even forget how and what you assessed. Hence, it's important to make a habit of writing daily progress notes to capture these important points.
Spending a few minutes of your time daily on this writing will be one of your biggest investments, and over time, you'll have a wealth of knowledge.
This trick will help you put your thoughts into words and will drastically improve your writing skills.
TRICK #3: Learn the Art of Effective Communication
If you've implemented Trick #2 and maintain daily progress notes, you'll have a clear-cut idea about:
- How much you've completed
- What you're presently working on
- Where you're stuck
- What the next set of actions are
Believe me, this is exactly what software developers are required to supply as status updates in any daily scrum calls. Your scrum master is always looking for clear, concise status updates. With your daily notes, you have mastered the art of effective communication over time.
This trick is an art that will help you climb the ladder of success in your software developer career.
If you apply these 3 techniques in your day-to-day professional life, no one can stop you from becoming a successful software engineer.
Are you practicing any of these techniques as a software developer? If not, would practice them going forward? Let me know your thoughts and feedback about it at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would appreciate it!
Published at DZone with permission of Ramesh Chauhan. See the original article here.
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