These days, skills and experience are not the only essential things when it comes to succeeding in the workplace. Whatever work you do, it’s crucial to work well with others and even have good relationships with them. In other words, become a people person. Frankly, it’s easier said than done, especially in the middle of a pandemic, where almost everything is done virtually. That said, it’s totally possible to become a better people person even in these challenging times. Here are the people management skills and how you can apply them to your daily virtual work life.
Having good communication…
Truth can only be found in one place: the code.
— Robert C. Martin, author of Clean Code
There are many reasons why you should keep your code clean, but the most obvious one is to ensure that people who read your code in the future understand it nicely. Keep in mind that these people include yourself since we don’t always remember what we wrote in the past.
Another reason is to make it easier to debug and refactor. …
If you’re not new to software development, you’re probably already familiar with test-driven development (TDD). As a quick refresher, TDD is a development process where the software requirements are made into test cases before the implementation code itself is written. In TDD, there’s a cycle called Red - Green - Refactor. First, write tests and see that they fail. Then do the bare minimum to make the tests pass. After making sure that they pass, refactor the code to make it better (e.g. implementing clean code).
If you’re reading this article because of the cover picture, I’m sorry to inform you that I’m not going to talk about Chanel Oberlin and the other Chanels. Instead of talking about Scream Queens, I’m going to explore the five fundamental values of scrum that might be just what you need to become a Scrum Queen (or King, whichever you prefer). But before we get there, what is scrum?
Say you want to build an app to help teachers execute online learning efficiently. Of course, you could guess what features they might need and how they would expect the app to be. But as someone working in tech, do you really know what motivates them, what their goals are, and what challenges they face on a daily basis? Probably not. So how do we ensure that the app we’re making would actually help our target users? The answer is by creating personas — fictional characters representing the kinds of users you’d expect to use your product. …
In case you didn’t get the reference, it’s from the Christmas song Sleigh Ride:
Giddy up giddy up giddy up, let’s go
Let’s look at the show
We’re riding in a wonderland of snow
I’ve been using git for more than two years now, but I still find it amazing how it can literally save a developer’s life. (Okay, more like figuratively, but still.) It has saved me at least hours of exasperation and ugly crying. …