5 Soft Skills Every Developer Needs

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Worldwide IT enterprise software spending is projected to exceed over $550 billion next year. While software developers are in demand, it is essential to stand out with solid soft skills – and to break those unhelpful stereotypes that paint developers out to be clinical, awkward, and exclusively male. These stereotypes could not be further from the truth, particularly for developers who develop and test software around customer needs. Besides writing code, developers are expected to analyse and cultivate meaningful connections and with their colleagues and clients. Here are the top five soft skills that we recommend adding to every developer’s repertoire.  

  • Communication 

Good communication skills are at the core of all healthy work relationships. Whether you’re speaking to another developer or liaising with non-tech folk, good communication skills promote patience, understanding, and respect between peers. They enable us to verbally or orally communicate our work boundaries which is important for developers who often work remotely or are juggling other commitments. 

  • Collaboration and teamwork 

Developers often feel like a lone horse when it comes to his/her workload. However, unless developers are coding a whole system, they are rarely working on solo projects. Instead, they work alongside other tech experts such as Front end, Back end, Full Stack or DevOps developers, so it’s important they all get along. Without effective collaboration skills, developers will not be able to pull off project work. Open-mindedness and adaptability help develop relationships and enhance group problem-solving which ensures jobs are completed ahead of schedule. 

  • Time management/ Organisation

Time management is crucial for developers who are working in large companies with increasing demands. It’s also important for freelance developers who need to effectively quote their hours and time. For effective time management and to avoid burnout, make sure you segment your day and manage competing work demands. To keep motivation high throughout the workday, it can be useful to work towards a goal by EOD. 

  • Emotional intelligence 

While you probably weren’t hired to educate your non-technical colleagues on the importance of code, it can be beneficial to communicate some short explanation from time to time if you believe it will assist your boss’ or clients’ understanding of your input. Emotional intelligence goes beyond putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. It’s about acting out your empathy too and let’s face it, by helping your client or boss, you’re helping yourself out too. 

  • Problem solving and creativity  

Non-tech workers often assume that developers have dull, nerdy jobs which generally, couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether it be coding or app development, developers require good problem-solving skills to navigate technical issues and generate creative ideas. Focusing on creative problem-solving is also a great way to increase one’s stress tolerance, particularly when it feels you’re being snowed in with dev work. 

We understand the importance of balancing exceptional soft skills and hard skills, after all, both skill sets are required in a developer’s day-to-day project work. For an in-depth discussion on this subject and an ability to discuss our talent pool, get in contact with DNA Talent. 

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