Sunday, October 1, 2006

rare non-tech qualities in developers

An informal list of attractive characteristics in developers. Rare and non-trivial qualities.

-- top 10
* willing to take up unpopular or unattractive tasks like ...
* documentation -- willing, thorough
* unit test -- habit of creating and maintaining his own unit tests
* miminize personal favoritism, esp. as a leader. Impossible to be 100%
* unbiased -- against race/gender, languages, technologies
* willing to listen && think hard about opposing views when he need not
* communicate in the language of management and users. Many feel this is rare; many disagree.
* technical pdl && "vision" ie long term.
* "Composite capability" is dependant on many factors.

-- not so rare
* cooperative -- follow agreed but tedious team standards
* Think like the business owners. Many feel this is are; many disagree.
* patience -- with novice colleagues
* accurate estimation. set realistic targets to help supervisor's planning
* no entrenched positions on ...
* willing to abandon his own design when appropriate
* publications and open source contributions
* thorough -- attention to details ...
* articulate -- with technical discussions
* quick assessment, even though imperfect
* lifelong learning -- fearless
* self-examination before checking others; lead by example. (Experienced developers have many dislikes.)
* ownership -- of own code from beginning to end
* flesixible -- with OT,
* troubleshooting -- systematic, reasoning, Sherlock Holmes. Very few jobs need exceptional troubleshooting; usually a competent technie will do.

* fast learner -- some jobs need unusually fast learners. Perhaps #2 asset. Another "Composite skill"
* brank
* proven leadership@@ I think you can be a pretty good leader if you score well on this list. U need not be a motivator. Fairness is much more important

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