Regularly, I come across a skill that is in short supply in the software development community. And based on this, I propose that it is the #1 skill for software developers to obtain in 2021. The positive thing is it is a skill that everyone has the ability to learn very quickly.
So without further ado, that skill is: LISTENING.
We need to learn to listen to the users of the software we build. I often see software developers expect users to change the way they work to accommodate the software instead of the software accommodating the way they work.
We need to learn to listen to the market that the software we build is targeting. If the software isn’t addressing pain or providing again, it probably isn’t going to be used.
And finally, we need to listen to history. Technology goes in cycles, and too often, we are making the same mistakes of the people who blazed the paths before us. Instead, we should be listening to the insights and the lessons they have learned over time.
Let’s make 2021 the year of learning to listen.