Skillls of Effecient IT Workers

Programmers need to have many skills. Often times we are quick to assume that the digital talents of programmers are the most important. But in this evolving workplace we are seeing the importance of programmers to have all types of talents. Many workplaces place emphasis on having a team player and being able to work collaboratively. This is especially important in the tech industry where many people work digitally or virtually. This includes having employees working from home, working from another city or even IT nearshoring your employees and having them in another country. These work trends, of digital work communities, seem only to be growing in demand in this ecosystem. Given these new working environments, developers and programmers need to be able to communicate effectively in order to excel in team environments. So what talents and skills, aside from the technical, does the modern techie need? 

On the forefront of skills is having a team mindset. Team focused learning has long been considered an important part of the workplace. Teamwork has long been seen as an effective way to collaborate, problem solve, share workloads, brainstorm and support other coworkers. Essentially, teamwork helps companies be productive. However, despite conventional wisdom offering bits of advice there had not been a large scale investigation into the factors that help promote teamwork. Fortunately in 2012 Google, a company well-known for optimizing employee productivity, began an investigation called Project Aristotle. The aim of the study was to see why some teams did exceptionally well while others did not. Their main finding was not revolutionary, but it reinforces the importance of soft skills. According to Project Aristotle, team members need to be heard and valued. 

The psychological safety, as they put it, is one of the most important things for team development and efficiency to grow. How can your team develop a space of psychological safety? Well, a lot of that comes from the ability to handle social situations and places. A judge free zone. This means that all of your employees need to be able to express themselves without fear of repurcussion. This also means that employees and managers need to work on how they deliver feedback, implement rules and diffuse negative workplace disturbances.

Being able to communicate effectively is also incredibly important for near-shoring operations. Near-shoring operations have been steadily rising throughout the. The best developers and programmers are the ones who openly ask questions and promote a creative environment to solve issues and create solutions. When looking at the modern programmer we see someone who can effectively communicate, collaborate, and thrive in a team environment by employing the right attitude.

Events for Women in IT

Being a woman working in the IT industry can be hard. Especially when there are so many other pressures. Often times women need to excel not just simply exist to make it in the high pressure technology world. One of the best things I do is find inspiration from other women in the IT world. This of course means summits, meetings, conferences and other events that make me feel empowered. Here is a list of events that I am looking forward to!

European Women in Technology  in Amsterdam

Date: 26-27th November, 2019

This event is coming up soon and actually inspired my post! I am so excited to go and discover european women in technology. A great way to network, connect, and fuel your passion in this wonderful atmosphere.

Women’s Leadership Initivative  in Amsterdam 

Date: May 18th, 2020  hosted by Phocuswright Europe

This event focuses on LeadHER mentors who share what they are doing to empower women and advance female leadership within their own companies. This is a great way to learn more about developing female talent in your company.

Women in Tech in Dublin

Date: October 2020

I’m already excited about this 2020 event. This 2 day event features 60 or more speakers and this year had over 1,000 attendees. Such a innovative time to hear some of the game changers talk about breaking the status quo.

These are just some of the events that I am looking forward to! Do you have any recommendations of places or events that are a must-go? Feel free to share any memories of inspiring talks that you have seen!

Day in the Life…

…of a modern programmer. So what does the typical day of a programmer look like? Well, it’s probably exactly what you would think/imagine. Aside from the basics of waking up and hopping out of bed, we do things a little differently.

Most of us work the basic 9-5 with mandatory meetings, collaborations, and tasks that we receive from our managers. If we don’t see anything new or unusual then we tend to get into our weekly/daily checks. Checking e-mails and the internet.

Checking for bugs. Not the little insects that exist in real life, but the virtual bugs. Sometimes I review other people’s coding bugs and we try to help find a fix. Mostly, it is checking that the things we did in the past are still working well.

Then I mostly spend the rest of the day writing code and programming. Checking incoming tasks from my boss or collegeus. Then I go home. I don’t use my computer for recreation that much anymore. I mostly take my dog on a long walk outdoors in nature.

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