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The Perfect Developer Qualities

For me the perfect developer (if there is such a person) has these qualities:

  • Friendly: is respected and liked by all they work with and are always approachable (even in times of stress)
  • Humble: has great humilty and is not driven by ego
  • Calm: doesn't get emotive within discussions (including discussions that are both in their favour and those that aren't)
  • Understanding: appreciates that business requirements do change regularly and that there are no perfect scenarios; so is able to adapt to problematic situations in the appropriate manner
  • Agile: recognises when they are potentially moving down a rabbit hole/time sink/yak shave and will successfully re-evaluate the situation and refocus their attention
  • Patient: appreciates that no dev is born equal and so varying soft/practical skills will be encountered
  • Experienced: has a wide ranging skill set with relevant practical experience and most importantly realises the fundamentals of simple code design and recognised patterns
  • Consistent: by being consistent in their development approach they faciliate easier rotation of developers when resources are restricted/restructured
  • Wise: knows when and where a particular technology is appropriate to use (and when not appropriate)
  • Analytical: is pragmatic and can break down complex problems into logical smaller tasks
  • Articulate: able to communicate clearly their ideas to people of all technical levels
  • Open: continuous documentation and visibility into design and development progress; ensuring good communication
  • Reasonable: understands a problem's sense of proportion; what's important and what isn't (e.g. when something is a big deal and worth pressing; and when it isn't and so not prematurely raising red flags)
  • Passionate: enjoys their craft; always keen/open to new experiences and learning new things
@sergiubologa

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sergiubologa commented May 31, 2016

There's one missing: Cheap :)

but I totally agree with your list.

@BBCMarkMcDonnell

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BBCMarkMcDonnell commented Jun 1, 2016

haha, thanks @sergiubologa for clarifying that omission :-)

@vcavallo

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vcavallo commented Jun 22, 2016

Incidentally, this also describes a great person in general :)

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