When you start out in software development, you will likely work as part of a team. Gradually, as time goes by and you become more seasoned, you will inevitably work solo. Until then, it is time to participate in a team environment and collaborate closely with your colleagues.
Like any entry-level or novice employee, you want to showcase your skills to your co-workers and not experience any hiccups. You want to excel, be efficient and produce the finest code.
There are many measures you can employ that can help make you appear competent, and perhaps even give you the fuel to be a superstar on your software development team. It is important to remember that it takes more than knowing how to code to be the best.
In today’s environment, software development has become immensely competitive, fast-paced and cutting edge. As the old adage goes, if you can’t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen.
Here are five beginner tips for better software development:
1. Organize Your Priorities – Create a to-do List
In software development, you will have a wide array of priorities, tasks and responsibilities. At first, it will seem overwhelming, and your self-doubt will creep up behind you. But avoid it.
One of the best remedies to this common issue is to create a to-do list. This is something that can be produced the night before or first thing in the morning when you arrive to work. The to-do list – or a check list – will help you keep focused, finish the most important things first and ensure you’re paying attention to what needs to be completed. The to-do list is your golden ticket!
2. Maintain a Decluttered Work Environment
Yes, it is great to have a spacious desk with plenty of free room. However, when we talk of a decluttered work environment, we’re talking more digitally than anything else.
It is easy to get sucked in to the coquettish social media black hole – you want to keep up with your friend’s trip to the Bahamas on Facebook, watch more existential philosophy videos on YouTube and tweet about last night’s Boston Red Sox game. This temptation will significantly hurt you in more ways than one in your career.
Moving forward, you need to declutter, disconnect and dedicate. You do this, you’ll perform.
3. Embrace the Rise of Automation
A trick that any software developer has learned after one year on the job is to automate.
Automation is the greatest tool to have in your software arsenal. Everything automating tedious and mundane tasks to assisting you in building a complete application, automating makes everything faster, more dependable and even more exciting.
Humans are not infallible, you know?
4. Communicate Regularly with Your Teammates
It is true that many software developers like to keep to themselves, isolate the world with a pair of Bose headphones and remain quiet concentrating on coding. This isn’t the model behaviour you want to have in a workplace, unfortunately.
It is simple: regularly communicate with your teammates, whether you have a problem or if you need someone to proofread or edit your snippet of code. We may not like to verbalize, but it’s a must.
5. Do Not Overwork Yourself
You are perhaps sitting down for six consecutive hours, sipping on a latte and not physically exerting yourself. With that being said, it is possible to overwork yourself in software.
It may not be as physically as demanding as construction, but it can be exhausting when you program for at least eight hours per day.
In the end, you should refrain from overworking yourself because that is when mistakes arise.
When you learn to code in school, you are not taught the soft skills, such as communication, organization and work ethic. As more employers are beginning to realize, these soft skills are essential to the fabric of a workplace, and if you lack these necessities then you may not survive.
Simply put: your coding is the best of the best, but outside of that you’re lacking.