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Learn 4 Ways to Impress Your Boss and Team With Your Web Development Skills

Firstly let me just say that contrary to the title I would always advocate not actually ‘trying’ to impress anyone. You should only ever do things for the right reason. However that said in my experience if you put the hard work in stick to your principles and work with everyone as you expect them to work with you, 90% of the time you will invariably impress people. Here’s my top 4 tips to set yourself apart from the crowd.

1) Don’t ‘moan’ about the code base

We have all been there, you are put on a project with ‘old messy’ a business critical application that is terrible in form but a mainstay nonetheless, seems like it just needs to be re-written? In my experience just haphazardly whinging about it doesn’t go anywhere, instead become an expert with it this will immediately make it more bearable, spend time with it, get to know it, write tools to help you inspect it. Bring it up at the right time sometimes (team meetings) but be judicious about complaining about it. You will become the go to point for that code and will be seen to be a ‘useful’ resource rather than a hindrance.

2) Express curiosity before shouting about your mastery

The most common downfall I see with developers is their desire to prove to people how much they know. Whilst the more each member on a team knows the better, this virtue can be rapidly unravelled by a developer who wants to blow their trumpet about how expert they are about a particular subject. In short this behaviour just seeks to irritate people. Instead find an inner peace and learn everything you can. Avoid advertising what you know or trying to prove it. If you do really know your onions let people discover this for themselves it will be more fun and people will respect you for it more.

3) Learn to prioritise and focus your web development tasks

Can’t stress this point enough. Find out what you have to do and put it in one single list that you can work in ORDER. If people come to you with things they want done then remember you ultimately need to be able to make decisions on the order that you work on something in a given timeframe. If you’re not allowed to then make sure you stand your ground you may need to politely explain if someone is trying to hijack your ‘flow’ as they could be micromanaging you. After you have set your priorities make sure you work on one task until completion, if you need switch your email off and set your mobile phone to ‘answerphone’. If people disturb you just let them know you will get back to them ASAP about it. If someone of authority does force you to stop what you are doing to work on something as a priority then politely explain that you are working on something but that you will do this seeing as they have expressed how important it is. Prioritising and focussing will ultimately lead to a greater amount of work achieved and you will be respected for the speed at which you work.

4) Get good on Saturday mornings and learn more programming skills

Sometimes learning during your working day can be difficult because you have to ‘deliver’ right? Fine, so think of Saturday mornings like this. A time when you no-one can tell you how or what to work on. I recommend looking into one subject that has been niggling you most recently and studying it in depth. Take a clean project in visual studio, get the MSDN site open on the relevant page and start coding something and investigating how it works. I call this ‘career investment’. The results won’t be immediate but over time as you do this every weekend you will become very proficient in areas that other people aren’t. The law of averages dictate that what you have learned will be useful on your project and people will respect you for your deep knowledge when this becomes apparent!

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