The Secret to Being a Successful Web Developer
Your Road to Success. For the first time, Diamond’s web development experts are sharing their secrets behind success.
Discussing all things code, agile, sprints, and more, they dive deep into the technical and teamwork sides of web development. This month, the team focuses on how they set up their team for success with each project that passes through Diamond’s doors.
Setting up your team for success is easier than you think
The key to starting a successful project is the team being on the same page. A task so essential that it determines not only the length of the time working on the project, but the quality. This means conversations with the client to clearly understand what they want, and the web dev team clearly explaining how they’re going to bring the client’s vision to life. This includes: knowing the requirements, sticking to estimated time-length, and sprint strategy meetings.
Communicate clearly with your client and your team
So, you have a project that your client is excited about and they chose your team to complete their task. Exciting! Before you get too ahead of yourself, pump those breaks and take time to sit down and strategize with your team.
Sticking with Agile practices is extremely useful in increasing predictability. Set meetings to identify problems before they happen and establish flow. Having daily stand ups to check in on everyone’s process is also beneficial. Not because you’re micromanaging your team, instead you’re keeping everyone on the same page, recognizing their efforts and giving them credit where credit is due. The key to having a happy team is empowering the web developers in every way possible along the way.
Sprint planning is vital to a team understanding their individual roles in the project. Sprint planning allows everyone to know their role in the project, and commit to it. The team committing to responsibilities with check-ins allows for a smooth and predictable sprint all the way up to the sprint release. It may seem time consuming in the moment, but it will help you at the end as you do short quick fixes along the way. Which in turn, increases predictability.
The difference between good and great developers
There are a lot of steps the project needs to take between developers to production. The project is passed from the developers to QA, integration, and staging before reaching completion. Depending on the client, there could be multiple changes to standard processes.
There’s a secret to passing through these multiple steps with ease: teamwork. You may be rolling your eyes as this probably seems like a no-brainer. But, thoughtful teamwork is hard to come by. It's not about just getting along, instead it's about putting yourself in the other team member’s shoes—empathy and respect. Instead of waiting for the accessibility team to look over your work, look over it first and take the necessary steps to check for a variety of qualities such as performance and accessibility. Ask yourself, “What will X be looking for?” Check for that, fix it (if it needs fixing), and only then pass it along.
Good developers check their own work, but great developers check their work through the lens of the team. Not only is it a courtesy for those checking your work after you, but it saves time and shows capability. Working in web development is not the lonely life some developers might make it seem. Instead, the secret to being a successful developer is being an efficient part of the bigger picture. Everyone needs to be working cohesively to reach success.