Jul 21, 2014 |
Are you looking to update the user experience of your web app?
It’s important to find the right developer who has the technical knowledge to complete the project without having to learn on the job.
2. Responsive Design
Why responsive web design (RWD)? RWD requires one to think simply with a mobile-first approach, and building up applications for richer and richer environments. This is the opposite approach of building a full-blown desktop app and figuring out how to dumb it down for the mobile smartphone world. If the developer understands this approach, they’ll have a leg up over someone who doesn’t.
Beyond the technical skills, you need to find someone passionate about what they are doing. They need to care about what they are doing and not just feel they’re in the middle of the daily grind, showing up to work just to collect a paycheck. Instead, they’ll have a passion for excellence and customer/client satisfaction. They want to excel at what they are doing not just get things.
Passion goes beyond just getting things done right. They should have a passion for learning. You’ll want someone who actively hunts out the next big thing they can learn about, whether through classroom training, conferences, or seminars. Someone willing to mentor others to share their knowledge shows that passion, too. Being able to teach someone else what they know shows their skill level is beyond just the basics.
Another important attribute of a successful developer is being able to teach. This shows that they’re an effective communicator. Communication isn’t just a one-way street. It also involves being an active listener and being emotionally aware of not just what is being said, but how. This includes managing stress to help you perform under pressure without being overwhelmed. With all that is said and done, nonverbal communication can’t be understated, where the end goal being is to save time and make sure the speaker is heard and understood.
Some of these characteristics may be difficult to tell from just reading a resume. But, if you’re able to find someone with the necessary skillsets, that person should help you jumpstart the whole team into the newer development approach.
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