What soft skills do developers need?

I am working in software development company where developers can change the world but in real life, they usually get the troubles with many many bugs, delay the deadline, lack of communication with the managers or clients, conflict with other team members and so on. The idea of this article is providing variety of soft skills to improve their habits, routines which are helps us resolve the issues inside themselves.
  1. Communication and Listening

Effective communication can make all the difference between an average developer and highly productivity. Programming isn’t just about talking with servers, clients, and networking in some events. It takes more skills to practice frequently such as:

  • Providing strong arguments in favor of your proposed tech solutions
  • Being open to talk about problems, then looking for solutions before conflicts escalate
  • Being willing to communicate with other programmers on forums, blogs, and at conferences.
  • Sharing your knowledge and not being afraid to take the mic in front of a wider audience.
Moreover, to be a good communicator, developer also need listening skills to respond in conversation. When you are engaged in a conversation, don’t change the subject unless the discussion is finished. You'd better observe people who do this all the time in small group settings, business meetings and social encounters. One more thing that you have to show a sincere interest in the topic when you ask people questions during a conversation.
  1. Problem Solving
One of the best parts about being a programmer is solving problems. But to solve a problem, you must first go on a journey of finding out what that problem is exactly.
With respect to issues that came out in the process of the project, be able to grasp precisely current situation, set the goal, prepare several processes for problem solving, then be able to choose the optimal solution with discussing with members.
  1. Critical Thinking
Critical thinking means making reasoned judgments that are logical and well-thought out. It is a way of thinking in which you don't simply accept all arguments and conclusions you are exposed to but rather have an attitude involving questioning such arguments and conclusions. Additionally, critical thinking can be divided into the following three core skills:
  • Curiosity is the desire to learn more information and seek evidence as well as being open to new ideas.
  • Skepticism involves having a healthy questioning attitude about new information that you are exposed to and not blindly believing everything everyone tells you.
  • Finally, humility is the ability to admit that your opinions and ideas are wrong when faced with new convincing evidence that states otherwise
  1. Lifelong Learning

Technology is changing every day! If you only care about a stable salary, well-paid job or less tasks every day, you do not need to be a developer. Software development is no career for the intellectually lazy. New frameworks, trends, and methodologies are constantly emerging. You don’t have to learn all of these, but you should make an effort to keep up, for your career’s sake. Not every client will want to build an app in the technology that you’ve already worked so hard to learn but In time, some frameworks and languages will become more popular, and you can get paid better knowing these languages, frameworks, libraries that are in demand.
  1. Teaching, mentoring and sharing knowledge

Specially if developes work in a startup, they have to willing to be teachers or mentors of yourself first. They are an asset as teaching resources for internal IT. If they can work side by side with others and provide mentoring and support, they become even more valuable — because the "real" IT learning occurs on the job and in the trenches.
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