38. How to be a Programmer: Personal and Team Skills


Coding blocks podcast is presented by Joe Zack, Michael outlaw and Allen Underwood. In this podcast episode, the gang talks about what it takes for someone to become a good programmer for his company and his team. One thing that is known to be a problem of the technology world is the lack of people with adequate teamwork and collaboration skills. I picked this particular podcast episode because I felt this would help anyone who reads. They talk about personal skills and practices that just makes one a better programmer in the industry. The main problem that occurs during team tasks is estimating how long a coding task will take. You want to please your boss and he also wants to please his boss so understanding each other and establishing that mutual trust makes it easy to work coherently in the task at hand. One challenge that most programming teams experience with their leaders is scope creeping. Scope creeping is a project management term that refers to changes, continuous or uncontrolled growth in a project’s scope, at any point after the project begins. This can occur when the scope of a project is not properly defined, documented, or controlled. It is generally considered harmful. This is because it causes problems and situations that are often not accounted for. Usually with every programming project, specifications are laid out and a timeline estimate is created for people to adhere to but once the scopes begin to change, unaccounted scenarios begin to happen. As a programmer, great communication between team members and leaders brings success to the project. This is because everyone has different level of expertise and often tasks and timelines are drawn based on the programmer’s expertise. Another thing that needs to be accounted for is vacations and sick absences. It’s the task of the programmer and team members to show commitment during tasks. You cannot take a 2 weeks or 1 week vacation when you know that the team is waiting for you to build the baseline site for people to continue developing on. This strings back to the trust issue. Efficient communications has to be open between members of teams to properly resolve issues such as these. Again communication thrives in teams when everyone is on the same level. Usually in teams, everyone has different background and finding that middle ground to communicate effectively helps the team thrive.







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