Understand how business success is measured at your current company

Understand how business success is measured at your current company

Not all success measures for companies are financial and they can be changing as companies evolve and mature. 

As a developer, you would like to think the elegance of your code is what matters the most to your company, but it is likely not. 

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The one essential skill that will set you apart from other developers

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Some CEOs do better than others in taking risks and being aggressive with their goals, but they all share this common characteristic, to be better than present, regardless of their appetite for risk.

Developers and many of us who work in technology share this characteristic too, which is why technology is always advancing and making our lives easier and better. You can bring this characteristic to your day-to-day work; when you see an inefficiency in a system or a process or code, make it your job to improve it. 

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The good news is, with any skill in life, the ability to “Think and act like a CEO”is a learned skill that can be obtained through practice.

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Every good CEO knows that she is not just responsible for the company, but she is also responsible for the employees, too. They want to bring this positive energy which will set the tone for the environment. 

Someone can be an extrovert without a positive energy or she can be an introvert with a positive energy. This is an important thing to remember as most developers I know tend to be introverts, the quiet ones who would rather keep a low profile

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Delegating effectively means achieving a better outcome for the company. Not every bug has to be fixed by you, not every feature has to be developed by you and not every technical design has to be approved by you. 

By learning to let go a little bit and also sharing the work and knowledge with your peers, you will stop being the bottleneck and everything will move faster.

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Developers are analytical and understand the importance of backing their findings and solutions with data points. 

If you think about improving the response time for an application, you think in numbers, obtain current baseline and come up with improvement in Milliseconds. A CEOneeds to first obtain the current baseline and then decide what is the improvement that she needs to achieve. As a developer, think about how this relates to the success metrics of the company.

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Have you ever wondered what career opportunities a developer has? What directions are open, beyond what horizons to grow. And most importantly, where are developers beyond the age of 45? Is there a developer among your friends who is over 45? I know several developers beyond this age, and many of them are hardcore programmers who even saw punch cards back in the day.

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The Path to Becoming a Software Architect

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Who is an architect?

According to Wikipedia:

A software architect is a software expert who makes high-level design choices and dictates technical standards, including software coding standards, tools, and platforms.

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What do Software Architects do?

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"I generally say developers want to do three things... They want to solve hard problems at scale. They want to see that hard problem when they solve it... get put to use! The third thing that I think, honestly, is they just don't want to work with jerks.

I think if you master those three things then you end up with a very happy and productive development team.”

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ELC Podcast - Unlock Developer Productivity AND Happiness

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