You are going to make mistakes during your development career and that is normal! In this episode we discuss how making a mistake helps you improve as long as you approach the blunder with a learning mindset. We talk about why development mistakes happen, what to do when you make one and tips for how to avoid repeating the same mistakes. You're always going to make mistakes, so you might as well make new ones!
Benefits of making mistakes
- Provide a learning experience
- Eliminates methods that do not work
- Identifies areas of “unknowns”
How to avoid the same mistakes
- Calculate is a mistake is likely by reviewing risks and unknowns
- Avoid assumptions and clarify miscommunications by responding with “What I heard was...”
- Timebox new approaches to test if they are viable.
What to do when you make mistakes
- Own it! Do not try and cover it up
- Apologize (if appropriate) and do not cast unwarranted blame
- Offer next steps for moving forward
What to do when others make mistakes
- Provide encouragement and support
- Do not condemn, keep communication open to understand why it happened
- Reaffirm that everyone (even you) make mistakes
- You are going to make mistakes, every developer does.
- Mistakes are not all negative, they can be positive learning experiences.
- Avoid mistakes by not making assumptions and communicating as much as possible.
- Never cover up mistakes. Apologize, own them and offer a way forward.
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- Let us know what steps you take after making a mistake
- Email us an example of a time you learned a valuable development lesson after making a mistake.
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