Being Responsible as a Developer

So, how do you go about being responsible as a developer?

Being responsible as a developer requires some thought and some concrete action.  Susan Fennema and I discuss what steps you can take to help:

As a developer, how can you keep yourself on track?

  • Say no when there are too many demands
  • Underpromise, overdeliver
  • Look at the project management system for your work – communicate with your PM if what you think you’re working on and what it says are not identical
  • Spend 10 minutes at the end of every workday to prep for tomorrow and to do your time sheets
  • Use the timer options if your time tracker allows that

As a sub, what if you are working with multiple clients and multiple project management systems as a developer? How can you avoid becoming overwhelmed?

  • Use the tools you’re given by your PM or your contractor
  • Calendar your time for each client
  • Start by looking at the PM system for that client when you start work
  • Making the “me”, “my tasks” area your landing pages in your browser
  • Set time to handle the business side of things, as well as coding.
  • Working with the same people, but different clients
  • Communication of availability and progress

How can your PM help?

  • When you are overwhelmed, your PM can help you sort out priorities
  • When the client isn’t getting you stuff, your PM can get you an extended deadline
  • When the client asks for something not in scope, your PM can get more money
  • Many can test for you – something you always need before delivery
  • Your PM can say no when you don’t want to

If being responsible is your goal, this video will help you achieve it.

This wraps up our six video series on project management and subcontractors.  We hope you found it useful!

This useful advice has been around for over 200o years and comes from a man born a slave:

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.


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