Soft skills are as critical as technical skills for a software engineer.
No one works in isolation. Each person has to deal with teammates, colleagues, managers, etc. Therefore team interpersonal skills are essential too. Soft skills include things like good communication, honesty, teamwork, integrity, organization, empathy, etc.
Here are my top 5 soft skills for software engineers
From day one on your job, we will be faced with a lot of problems, coming one after the other, almost in perpetual succession. To handle them, we must be ready to analyze each one of those problems objectively. And our analytical ability will help us understand all the essential elements of the problem, which will point out many solutions, out of which we could select the most suitable one.
Thus, our analytical ability is at the base of all our problem-solving activities.
In our attempt at problem-solving activities, we will find this soft skill as the most valuable asset. For many of the commonly encountered problems faced in the course of your day-to-day activities, straight forward thinking itself will provide us with a suitable solution. However, once in a way, we will come across some strange problems for which the conventional solutions will not get us the results. It is precisely to solve these problems that our creative thinking and innovative approach are called for.
This soft skill is directly concerned with our attitude. Enthusiasm directly helps us to maintain a positive attitude, at all times, which is a great secret of success both in personal life and in the professional career.
Nurture your enthusiasm!
Even though developers spend the most significant part of the day working independently, collaborating with a team is still vital. Moreover, it's often the best way to create a great product while working together.
In this case, developers should keep in mind consciously team goals, and through teamwork reach them. However, such interactions don't necessarily have to be in person. For example, online collaboration with Slack, Hangouts, Zoom, Miro, etc. are fantastic ways to keep in touch and up to date with the team and on the latest projects.
We don't like to be criticized by someone, but it's an inevitability for all of us because it helps us grow personally and professionally. Indeed, gathering feedback about ourselves encourages openness and honesty in the team, builds trust is these things that will pay off later as a result. Instead of protecting ourselves and our interests, a team can focus on improving team collaboration, solving problems together, productivity, and attaining common goals.
All in all, software developers need soft skills to work effectively in the team and with other people. That's because no meaningful work can be really done on your own. If you would like to learn more about people, and what makes them tick with my Psychology Tricks at Work, get my weekly newsletter (and get bonus professional networking cheat sheet on top of that).
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Many times as a mobile developer I have to work on apps without the API ready that was crucial for the feature I was implementing. Either the backend was developed by another team that was not entirely in sync with us or our backend team had no chance to implement those endpoints earlier. For this reason, I was not able to satisfy the Definition of Done but it does not mean that I have implemented the UI only.