As the founder and CEO at GB Advisors, Alexander helps organizations digitally transform successfully.
No matter what type of business we start, we all pursue the same vision: excellence. Often, this means spending time developing high-performing professionals — people who can become fundamental pillars in our organizations to obtain progress and better achievements.
To generate a strategy that allows us to achieve excellence, it’s important to evaluate the particular circumstances surrounding the various areas of a company, as they all have different needs. Perhaps one of the most misunderstood company functions is the one behind the scenes most of the time: programming.
Programmers are an indispensable element for any organization that develops digital platforms and/or computer tools (software). Their importance lies in the fact that programmers work as architects in a field that’s complex and often unknown to CEOs and business leaders due to its technical nature. Let’s talk about a few important strategies for developing programmers and how this can help them become high-performing players in any organization.
Good time management is a source of well-being, enthusiasm and positivity. Programmers, in particular, tend to stay at their computers processing information in a continuous stream — in many cases, to the point of forgetting whether it’s day or night, which has a negative effect on their cognitive and collaborative skills.
According to the results of a Sleep Research Society survey, insomnia is proven to have a negative direct effect on workers’ performance. This should make us realize that time management should be a discipline that’s always included in a programmer’s environment. Employees need to have predetermined time periods in which they work and ones in which they should rest, sleep, exercise and dedicate to personal hobbies.
Case Management And Ticketing Systems
We’re always surrounded by endless amounts of information that battle for our limited attention. This means that the best way to perform well is separating what needs to be done from what’s less important or not important at all.
A recommended activity to help programmers better understand what should be the focus of their attention is to use a ticketing system or an online tool for task assignments that allows them to visualize their progress in the various phases of a project. It helps to see how much time a project phase is expected to take, who’s responsible and the activities that surround such a project, which can increase teammates’ collaboration for better results. Better communication and a good collaboration network have an important role in the success of both individuals and organizations.
Programming is a craft that demands engaging in a constant learning process and experimentation. Good practices can be undermined by the wrong feedback or instruction.
Giving feedback goes beyond offering rigid and prescriptive edit requests. One of the things that can constitute a waste of time and ineffectiveness in organizations is having different stakeholders present conflicting opinions. In an area that’s already overloaded with information, this means that programmers would have difficulty understanding how to proceed.
Clear communication is the first step to offering feedback because no leader can offer efficient instructions while lacking clarity and the ability to ask open-ended questions. In addition, there are many available tools that can allow stakeholders to select one among different versions of deliverables to make it easier for programmers to receive cohesive direction. Detailed informative feedback and a focus on self-enhancement and skill development can help overcome many barriers.
In my experience, the key factors in fostering high-performing employees are balance, organization and equality. This means there’s a right time for everything, including rest, systemization and automation tools that free up burdens and allow collaboration and the opportunity to be heard and understood. These strategies can make a big difference between having a group of exhausted, underperforming programmers and a team of focused, rested and professional workers.
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