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You call yourself a Senior Developer?

You call yourself a Senior Developer?

Once upon a time, Senior developer was the real role-model, a person that everyone looked up to, a developer that you seek for advice and wisdom. Nowadays, seniority is a synonym for large salaries and big egos.

Let’s have a trip down the memory lane and drift away from the money-driven mindset. Instead of that, let’s inspire you to be better developers who are fulfilled by knowledge, success, and accomplishments.

Antonio Peric-Mazar

August 27, 2021

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  1. You call yourself a Senior Developer? Antonio Perić-Mažar, Locasti c

    27.08.2021. - #phpsrb, Belgrade
  2. Antonio Perić-Mažar CEO @ Locasti c Co-founder @ Litt o

    Co-founder @ Tinel Meetu p t: @antonioperi c m: antonio@locastic.com
  3. https://www.iqvis.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Developers.jpg

  4. How do you become a Senior developer?

  5. How do you become a Senior developer ? 

    year and a half?

  6. How do you become a Senior developer ? 

    year and a half ? Full-stack?

  7. Salary!

  8. None
  9. • 33% of projects are never complete d • 50%

    of projects fail to meet their goal s • 75% of execs expect their project to fail The aftermath
  10. None
  11. https://thevaluable.dev/software-developer-titles-junior-senior/

  12. https://thenextweb.com/news/why-these-developer-job-titles-are-ridiculous-and-shouldnt-exist-syndication

  13. A title with no of fi cial/ standardized de fi

    nition is useless.
  14. Titles are only useful when changing jobs.

  15. None
  16. Junior developer

  17. None
  18. • Focus should be trying your best to lear n

    • Needs directio n • Needs supervisio n • Needs mentorin g • You can still be a junior even after a decade in the industry Junior developer
  19. A junior developer is code focused, not development focused, and

    doesn’t understand the distinction.
  20. Junior developers are not responsible for the projects!

  21. Intermediate developer

  22. On the mission of finding the Right way of building

    the software
  23. None
  24. • They understand project, goals and teamwor k • They

    can estimate thing s • They can participate in improving things and process around the projec t • Systems built by intermediate will work far longer, but will lead to some sort of disaster • The sad fact is that vast majority thinks they are senior developers Intermediate developer
  25. They can be trusted to raise issues of code design,

    and play a valuable role in design discussions. They are also the “workhorses” of the dev team.
  26. Senior developer

  27. • They wrote under and over designed systems. And both

    failed . • They are solving issues - fi re fi ghter s • Hates complexity and it is obsessed with simplicity They know how failure looks like
  28. A high-level understanding of how systems work
 (closed systems, design

    patterns, why, how, not hype-driven)
  29. They fully understand that their job is not just writing

    code but solving problems .
  30. Knowledge about the business' problem is essential!

  31. They fully understand context when applying theory!

  32. There is no “right way” to build software.

  33. The only way to build good software is by adapting

    theory to fi t the needs of the client, budget, codebase, team, tools, and organization .
  34. https://www.datocms-assets.com/7756/1579270413-soft-skills.png

  35. Core skills not soft skills!

  36. Your team members are humans too…

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  38. Your team members are humans too … Teamwork. Be nice.

  39. Making other humans in the team better!

  40. Be the senior you needed when you were a junior.

  41. Being able to communicate clearly in business language - not

    tech jargon - with business people / non- technical co-workers .
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  43. They understand it is not about them, but about customers.

  44. Old people in the Industry?

  45. None
  46. "The most important skill in the future will be the

    ability to "connect the dots" in your own way!" - Fabio Moioli
  47. “You can know all the cool functional programming techniques in

    the world, but if you are unable to communicate well with your team, or you are not able to focus on delivering actual value to a customer, you are not a senior developer.”
  48. Thank you!

  49. Questions? Antonio Perić-Maža r t: @antonioperi c m: antonio@locastic.com