Software engineering is a totally different world
Why software engineers consider themselves to be unique and different from other professionals? This is because they believe that they are the most intelligent group who has the capability to create, design and develop products, which is the starting point for any profession. Each programmer in the group tries to come out with innovative ideas, each tester tries to solve a bug and create an easy solution to come out of it. Thinking “innovative and creative” is the mantra of being a software engineer.
According to Chris Mauzy, who is a real software engineer and has had years of experience in handling a group of them, believes that managing the group is one of the hardest things that he has done in his life. When he started his career as an associate software engineer, he had to look upon his senior for implementing his ideas and when Chris went to the senior level, he had to deal with the complexities presented by his junior group. There are many other reasons of why software engineers are considered to be different and special.
Many a times, a leaf node worker would have the ability to bring out the right solution of any problem and the manager, who have years of experience in the field would get “stuck”. Sometimes, the technical skills of him would not be “up-to-the-mark” or updated so as to match with his co-worker, This gain becomes the reason for creating an ego factor among the employees.
The promotion levels of the software engineers are also different; these panels of software programmers cannot be directly pushed into the management level. The technical skills of a person cannot be used as a weighing measure for converting their role into a manager. He may be good in programming, but can also act as a complete loser in the management field. It becomes difficult to analyze the skills of a product, unless it is released in the market. The product may be complex and beautiful for the architects, but the acceptance levels of the public is what defines the existence of the software engineer in the company. There are many things which have to take place in the engineering level, in addition to the extra research and development works.
Ideas which have to be picked from the outside world
- A manager must do his duties, while those in the engineer background must concentrate upon his activities
The former would not know how difficult the project is, unless he has an engineering background, while the latter must establish his work. He must be given appreciation for his work, rather than strongly criticizing him.
- A performance record must be shown to each and every employee, so as to get the right consequences on their hand
You must provide inspiration to the software engineers and must constantly remind them of the results, that they would get after the completion of the particular project. Do not categorize the groups as different; each and every employee has the right to get appreciation from the seniors.
Creative thinking!! Does your boss value you??
When you are being selected as a “software engineer” or going into the fresher level, “Associate or trainee engineer”, do you immediately jump into the company, considering its high reputation or based on your neighbors “chit-chats”? Then it would not be wrong to spit the truth “you will be made to work like a horse in the company; the employers do not want your creative mind to be put under constant exercise nor do they consider it for implementation. What exactly happens is: A project manager would develop an idea, a web designer would make the site intuitive as well as visually appealing and it is the role of the engineer to build it. No, other questions, they have to build the design as per the plan and the client requirements. Speaking about engineering, it would be really interesting if you hold a talk with one of the professional and experienced software engineer, who, by, hard work and self-determination is no longer a “short order cook”, but a real expert, Chris Mauzy.
I am a creator, rather than a builder.. – The Technical move
Chris is working in one of the reputed companies, Second Time Around as a software engineer. When he completed his graduation, he was laid with a number of career options and that too from the top-rated software companies. But he was not satisfied with the interview panel; his ability was being put into test, but his creativeness did not have any role in the premier selection tests. Finally, he entered into his dream job which did not earn him “full pocket”, but the comfortability level was high in the graph. According to his viewpoint, software engineers are not code-bugs, who worked on the existing ones and with simple manipulations, produced the desired product. They are experimenters, creators who could convert a “blank canvas into a real and unique masterpiece”.
I am not grumpy, but I pass “meaningful” suggestions – The psychological move
The usual reputation of software engineers is that they are arrogant, they always say a heavy and grumpy “No”, not to mention about the high-temperament at the crucial stages. If you think all these aspects from the negative side, then you would not feel any difference. Chris speaks, considering the psychological and mental aspect: They seem to be arrogant and grumpy, because they are not provided with the right opportunity to display their skills, to give their viewpoints and suggestions. They find their BP to be rising as towards the end and crucial stages of software development, one expects the last person to complete the project and he is the victim of the errors, too.
So, what exactly is Chris pointing to: It is not that software engineers are suffering nor they grumble for unwanted matters, but they must also become a part of the whole team. A project manager or a web developer must surely have some “gaps” to be filled in their plans or strategies, why don’t they give a considerable time and propose the plan to a SE?