What does a software developer do?
Developers come with varying levels of experience and expertise. Seasoned developers are capable of seeing an application through its entire lifecycle, from the design and architecture to the implementation and maintenance of the project.
Junior developers on the other hand are new in the field and possess the raw skills which are needed to build software but need to be guided by their experienced coworkers. Choosing the right balance between the respective number of developers you have in each team is paramount to the success of your software project.
The daily routine of a software developer
This daily routine might be a little bit specific to a software developer working in a software house. Any routine reflects the tasks and the approach the company is using to meet their goals. My day looks like this:
1. Every working day starts with a daily scrum with the team. In this meeting, each team member (mostly technical folks, but it can have some non-technical people as well) gives an update on what they accomplished the previous day and what they intend to accomplish the current day. Any minor doubts or clarifications are solved on this call as well. In case a detailed discussion needs to take place, it can be scheduled on this call.
2. Once the agenda for the day is set, everyone gets to work. Personally, I start by planning out my day, scheduling the grey matter-heavy tasks for the morning so that I can complete the bulk of my tasks in the first half of the day. This usually includes solving issues that are needed for the next release, working on building new features, or refactoring some old functionality to make it efficient and optimized.
3. The second half usually starts after the lunch break. This is when I schedule the meetings with other developers, whether it be for building a new functionality or if another developer needs a hand with their task. Working on software projects is not easy and helping each other solve tasks is what makes a good software team. Some developers work better in the evenings and switch the schedule to have their meetings in the mornings.
4. In case there’s something urgent that needs to be tackled, it’s very common among developers to show up at the office earlier than usual and complete the acute tasks before the daily scrum.
5. In the case of developers working on client projects, the meetings with the client are also scheduled across the week and the tasks in the week are planned according to these meetings and release dates. Developers and managers at Rare Crew are great at what they do, and client satisfaction is of utmost priority.
Occasionally this routine is disrupted as there are other tasks that the developers are involved in, such as interviewing candidates, Knowledge Transfer sessions, or team building activities hosted by the company.
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Are developers worth the money they make?
It depends on the kind of developer. Software is vast, and proportionally the skillset a software developer could possess can be appropriately vast as well. Depending on the project that must be built, software developers can be chosen accordingly. If you would need a highly complex and scalable system that’s going to be handling business-critical processes, you’ll need a good backend engineer to design the system, but if you need a fluid and highly interactive website to impress your users, you’ll need a skilled frontend engineer.
If you need a bit of both, a full-stack developer is what you should be looking for. Depending on who you choose, the market rate will vary.
Coming to the cost that comes with these software developers, it’s definitely worth having software developers on your team as they’re natural problem solvers and can help you optimize more than just code. Software developers are engineers at heart, and problem-solving comes naturally to them. Understanding complex systems, whether it be technical or non-technical, and implementing what clients require in the most efficient manner is no easy task, and well worth the buck.
The caveat that comes with hiring software developers is that you need to keep them occupied. If you’re not able to keep them occupied with new and challenging problems, then you’re not making the most of your investment. Rare Crew has a great mix of talent that can address your software needs and can solve this problem for you if you don't intend to hire full-time software engineers in your organization. We’ve been serving clients for more than 10 years and custom software development is our forte. Get in touch to learn more!