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Hard and Soft Skills for Software Developers

Hannah

Project Manager
April 10th 2024

Technical knowledge alone is not enough to succeed in software development. Often, it is even more important to possess certain soft skills.

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When considering our CVs, we often focus primarily on our technical skills: how many programming languages we know, how proficient we are in developing a new product at each stage. However, we do not give enough importance to soft skills, which may be the key to setting ourselves apart in the market.

Let us try to summarize what is important in today's software development market. Of course, proficiency in programming languages is fundamental, and we need to have at least basic knowledge of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and SQL, such as Java, Ruby, Python, Javascript and SQL.

In addition to programming, other hard skills are crucial for the release, update, and maintenance of software. The first key tool is software testing and debugging. Every developer should be able to perform proper software testing to identify potential errors or security bugs.

Next, we have DevOps, which enables software and applications to function properly in the IT environment, including cloud computing, automation, Linux, and protection against potential cyber attacks.

Finally, Agile methodology is another important skill for speeding up delivery time and improving quality. All the skills mentioned above are the most important hard competences in the software development business. But what about the nice-to-have skills?

We are beginning to think about soft skills such as problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking, creativity, self-management, and flexibility. Problem-solving is crucial for identifying the root causes of an issue, analyzing it, defining risks, and potential solutions. Sometimes, we need to be analytical, while other times, we need to be creative. The analytical approach helps us evaluate problems in a structured manner, testing hypotheses. However, when faced with something unknown or new, this approach may not suffice, and we must be creative to devise innovative solutions.

When working within a team, self-management is important to control our emotions, be proactive, and manage our time effectively. Developing empathy is also crucial in understanding the emotions and approaches of other team members.

Lastly, we need to be flexible in the face of different challenges, avoiding being anchored to the past or our own ideas. An open mind allows us to adapt to new situations and challenges.

So, if you assess yourself, what are your strengths and weaknesses?



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