Last Updated on July 30, 2018
Humans always have an initial fear of changes in their lifestyle. However, some have more confidence to take into the challenges of the change than others because they fill exciting about the new experiences. Everyone make changes in their lifestyle looking to be a better person, a better professional. They make changes because they want to do something different and be motivated again. They look for challenges! They see to improves themselves in something they are passionate. That’s happened to me when I decide to change to a new career as a developer and software engineer, passionate about technology.
There are a lot of challenges that we face during our initials years of practice and involvement in the profession. But with the passion for what we do and a lot of training and practice we can learn how to gain perspective and be victorious in our challenges. Here I list some of the primary challenges, in my opinion, we face, and that has helped me to be good and better in my careers.
Understanding your Client
In programming and software development, as well as other professions, client centricity it’s a priority. To make any software user-centric, you must know what users want and be clear that the user understands what he wants. Your client may have opinions about how his idea should work, and these ideas may differ from those of you or your teamwork. Ultimately, the people who will use your client idea and your work will be the end users.
If you want to understand what your client expects, look for similar ideas examples. Seat with your teamwork and do brainstorming about the client idea and how realistic it is. Approach the design with a human-centered approach and think like the people who will be using the ideal outcome. Successful developers often share and expose their code versions to coworkers or others community developers to explore how the end-users will react to your project and client idea before officially launched. Sharing your code will help you fix any bugs and any issues users might point out.
Not Planning your Work.
First impressions matter, no doubt. But so, does thoughtful planning. Sometimes we want to achieve a good first impression, and we might be tempted to rush our job and figure out the direction it is supposed to go in later. Our client idea approach might make sense in our head, but when are presenting it to our team or co-workers, it goes in a direction entirely contrary to what was our plan. Time spent on unplanned and organized task will be time wasted. To avoid such scenario, we must organize our ideas on paper, notebook, or To-do app rather than carrying them our heads.
Start with a concept: Every project starts with a conceptual idea that will be polished in the process. This concept lets us focus on what we want to develop. Use a mind map tools to determine the challenges and issues: Once we have our idea in black and white, the next step is to map it out. Start with the problems our project will address. Document the initials ideas and create subtopics for it. Suggest possible solutions: After we map the issues our plan will address, think about possible solutions to those problems.
After working for days to perfect your work, you go home with the satisfaction that your project will work like it’s supposed to. When you return to work the following day, your colleague or teamwork gives you a list of bugs found in your code that you need to work through. The navigation buttons on the web pages aren’t clickable, the grammar of the content isn’t right, and the code has other errors that are causing hitches in the user experience (UX). Some of this bugs are easy to debug and correct, but a lot aren’t, which can lead to lost development time and endless frustration as programmers. In fact, even the best-written code can have a lot of bugs, and they can be fixed.
In programming, the best defense against bugs is an excellent debugging strategy. Trying to fix a problem that we don’t understand can be a strain. To fix our code bugs, we must know why they happened. Develop your code in an iteration way. Do not develop your coding entirely for later do testing and debugging. Develop one block of code at a time and start to reproduce possible bugs in that block of code. Debugging this way will give us a good idea on how to fix our code bugs. This might be obvious, but when projects are immense challenges or are on a critical deadline, even good programmers tend to panic before slowing down and think carefully. If we can’t reproduce a bug, get help. The tester who found the bug can help us to reproduce it.
Keep up Today, Keep Informative
Any project will have changes and challenges during their development and life cycle. Regulations changes, client representatives change, new policies, the privacy of the user data increase, code languages improve, etc. If we want to be top in our line of work and with our clients, we should keep up today in our markets.
Technology daily grows and expand, and as programmers, we need to keep up with what is new and what has changed. Frameworks, tools, and libraries become old short time. As an example, front-end frameworks usually last for a year or two before updated versions come along. New or updated versions of our favorite tools are good because they are more efficient and make our job most easier. But we also need to get used to them fast. Experienced programmers know that iterations and frequent updates are the primary good [practice of coding. To outcome a successful end-user product we must update it one to ten times before their final release.
As programmers, we probably work eight to twelve hours daily to get code done and free of bugs. But it won’t hurt if we squeeze in 20 to 30 minutes to learn how new tools work. If we think that we would work better with an updated version of our project management software; learn how to use it in your spare time and use it to improve our workflow once we finally get accustomed to it. Use lunch hours to ask others in your team about their jobs, tools used, technologies, and best practices. These conversations will keep you informed and demonstrate your interest in learning and improve. Reading might not be one of our priorities but keeping up with the latest programming trends will us to be better programmers. Learning new coding practices and tools means we will get better at creating code and can develop more innovative user experiences.
Changes mean new environments of work, new tools to understand, or new people to work with. And probably we know nothing about what we must do or accomplish. We could unknow the members of our team or the project manager we will be working with. And, if we don’t know them, we might hesitate to talk to them without some afraid. Letting of communication is typical when we afford new challenges. If we find ourselves unclear about issues regarding a project, we may not know how to fix them or get help if we can’t talk to our teammates. The blame for poor communications falls on us because it is in our power to control it. If we don’t try to build good connections with our team, we are ultimately responsible for the problem.
To be great in our career, communication skills are just as critical as technical skills. Be proactive: Communicating when we need to ask a question isn’t going to cut it in the workplace. Don’t be afraid of asking questions, especially about any problems we are facing at work, community, inclusive in our homes. We can get accustomed to the workplace culture and new environment and conditions faster if we open to others. Be self-confidence. Be consistent. There will be times when we might not be clear or cohesive enough in what we say; this currently happens to me. But accept that there will be moments like these, and we should learn from them. Practice, practice, practice until we can express ourselves more fluently.
It’s Okay to be Challenged
When we are starting off on a new career, work, or location, everything we are supposed to know and to communicate with others can seem overwhelming. But there is an entirely reasonable explanation for the way we feel. The challenges we face are not insurmountable. Keep in mind looking for challenges to improve your knowledge and yourself. Others have encountered these problems at some point, too.