Agile Living

How to Make Yourself Indispensable as a Developer

The software developers are presumed to do coding, mostly. However, they are equally responsible for doing testing, designing, and maintenance of software programs. They are also eligible to create customized software programs for organizations and much more.

In this article at The Pragmatic Bookshelf, Jonathan T. Rasmusson explains that coding alone is not adequate for the developers to become indispensable. They must know how to refactor, do unit test, and some basic designing.

Adding Value

Knowing the order of a programming language is a basic thing, but what offsets the developers is a range of added skills that separate them from the conventional developers. Here is a list of skills that makes a developer indispensable:

  1. Know the business: To extend innovative ideas to the customers, knowing their business needs is utmost essential. So, be well-versed with the nature of the business, market trends, and customer needs to offer what will boost their growth.
  2. Serious Testing: To become indispensable, the developers need to take testing seriously. They must write test code in a way that strives to make User Acceptance Testing (UAT) unessential.
  3. User Experience: The developers need to view and design their software as a customer. Considering the way users will interact with their software will help in building the most desirable product.
  4. Expectation Setting: The best way to do this is by setting the right expectations and managing them without fail. Deliver what has been promised but within the committed period.

The author further suggests that the developers should become flexible and avoid becoming a commodity if they want to stand out of the crowd and become indispensable. Senior developers take pride in whatever they do, without passing the blame on others. Read the original article on the following link: https://pragprog.com/magazines/2010-06/the-indispensable-developer

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