What are the most important skills for a web developer?

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 What are the most important skills for a web developer?

The title of this article could have variations and from my point of view, it would still make sense. If you are a web developer, mobile application developer, engineer, or software developer, this article is for you.  What are the most important skills for a web developer?

Therefore, without wasting any more time, I will tell you which are the most important skills, so that you do not get anxious;). The most important skills a web developer should have are communication skills! These skills will help you to be a functional member of the team, they will help you in your day-to-day - and to grow professionally -, and your team to better develop its functions.

When do I have to use my communication skills?

Your communication skills are necessary when you have to write the documentation for an API, framework, or library, when you have to send emails or messages to your colleagues or collaborators or even you are forced to get up from your chair to talk to one of them, for any doubt yours or his.

Communication skills are important if you want to convey complex concepts to another person and to collaborate with it as a good software developer. In addition, if you have them well developed, you will “have an advantage” in the job market, as companies can ask you for them in job interviews.

Therefore, you can no longer consider these skills, as " secondary" skills, even if they are soft skills. This means that communication skills are important if you want to have a successful career as a developer - positioning yourself as a valued member of the team - and be able to communicate complex ideas to non-tech people, such as communicating directly with your human clients. Is there something more human than communication

What are the most important skills for a web developer
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As I know you have some " communication problems ", and you need to be able to communicate technical concepts to non-technical people, today we will review five (5) of the characteristics, and essential aspects for you to improve your communication. They are elements that will help you communicate better as a developer.

1 work on your listening skills

I think there is no better way to start being a great communicator than to be willing to be a great listener ("listener"). In the same way that before starting to solve a technical problem, you need as much information as possible before proposing the best solution, communication also needs access to all the information previously and will only be effective when both parties reach a point of understanding. mutual.

Only in this way can we speak of great communication. We are talking about technical concepts, which can vary according to training - library vs library -, framework - module vs plugin -, approach, paradigm - function vs method -, architecture, language, etc, to say the same thing.

Failure to listen in this context can result in differences in understanding, implementation, programming errors, extended lead times, or disappointments due to unmet expectations.

To be a good listener, use the following tactics:

1. Make sure you understand what the other person is saying

After listening to what a person has said, stop and think about what they said, and then comment on what they said in your own words. It is a good opportunity for you to present your interpretation of what he has said, and for the other person to correct something that you have not understood correctly.

2.Listen to the end

I recognize that knowing how to listen to the end without interrupting is one of the most difficult skills to work with, at least for me. Especially in those moments when you think you already know what he is going to say, and you think you already have the solution. :)

This is a conversation, therefore it is important to give the other enough time to say everything they have to say and then contribute with your idea, question, or doubt. This action shows that you are courteous and avoid future problems with your co-workers, or collaborators.

3 use positive body language

Very important. Talking to someone who is physically interested in the conversation is not the same as talking to someone who is not. Using positive body language, such as “balanced” eye contact, good posture, and focusing on the conversation can be very productive for both of you.

2.Share your ideas, speaking in public

One of the most common ways software developers use to express or share their ideas is by speaking in public. Speaking in public does not necessarily mean doing it in a congress or conference, it can be simply in the presentation of a product that your team has developed, and you have to do it with different people at the same time.

This is interesting because if you advance in your career you will have more opportunities or possibilities to speak in public and sometimes your audience will not have technical knowledge, other times you will have an audience with a lot of technical knowledge. My recommendation is that regardless of the two, do not stop practicing a lot before the presentation.

3 take care of your tone in writing

I think that written messages are very good and have taken their place in our digital age. It is very easy to send an email or message by slack or basecamp, but with this ease also comes great responsibility.

Although we do not want to hurt, what you write can have a negative impact on the other person - client, collaborator -, or create conflicts if the tone in the writing is not careful. It is almost impossible to know how the other is emotionally at the moment they are going to read your message, and if the tone is not careful it can cause problems, especially because the other does not know how you are emotionally either. That is why it is important to empathize with others.

4. make empathy with others

Empathy is putting yourself in someone else's shoes and trying to understand what they think and what they feel. As a developer, you must have empathy because you are developing products with people and for people. On the one hand, it is important that you know how to communicate by understanding the role of each collaborator - other developers, designers, directors -, and on the other, understanding the needs of the people who will use your product so that this product is good for them.

Empathizing with others allows you to understand and communicate more effectively. For this reason, in your team it is important, for example, to know the motivations, passions, origin of other people - not all technicians know all the acronyms you use internally and all non-technicians need context to understand technical terms and concepts - so you can adapt your way of communicating if necessary.  

I leave you a basic exercise: Review your last sent emails and imagine for minutes that what you say to someone, someone says it to you. How's it going? If you think it is necessary to call someone, do it now!

5.Practice it

"Practice makes perfect", as the saying went. In the same way that you should practice your staging publicly, you should also practice other communication skills in controlled environments - at home, alone, with someone you trust, or even with someone you don't know, and there is no problem in fail again or again. The important thing is to improve, practicing it is the formula, because “we are what we do repeatedly”.

Conclusion

To conclude, I believe that communication skills should be as for or more important than technical skills, since from my point of view, and I speak from experience, many of the problems in software development teams have their origin mainly in problems of communication, rather than technical problems.

If you are a software developer or are responsible for a software development team, I encourage you to improve or invest in this area by practicing the points discussed in this article. There are many more skills, but these will help you establish a good foundation for communicating effectively with other people.

It is possible and the results can be tremendous as they allow projects to move forward and organizations move forward!

 


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