How Remote Work Is Changing
Tech Salaries In The Era Of Coronavirus

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Planning for Success: How to Scale Software Development Teams

Planning for Success: How to Scale Software Development Teams

Are you in a company that’s reached a stage where it’s necessary to scale your software development team? If so, congratulations! Growth shows you’re on the road to success. To continue forward, there are some things to consider before jumping into your plan for scaling up. There is a well-defined process for scaling up rapidly. While challenges and organizational growing pains are inevitable, with proper planning and tools you can tackle them like you would any other day at the office.

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How to Notice and Prevent Software Developer Burnout

How to Notice and Prevent Software Developer Burnout

How do you notice and prevent software developer burnout as a team lead or engineering manager? Burnout affects each person a bit differently. It often starts subtly and progresses incrementally. Developer burnout feeds into a vicious loop that can make your developers quit or even change career path. If not corrected, it can also lead to health consequences. The good news is that its onset can be identified, prevented, and rapidly alleviated. Let’s examine how.

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By Artur Meyster

He is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.

Tech salaries, even entry-level, are higher than average. Aside from pay, remote work will be a benefit available to a significant number of tech workers. This change in the environment might affect the wages people bring home, for better or worse. Even if you don’t have tech skills at the moment, you can cash in on the tech revolution. As a very accessible industry, tech workers come from diverse racial, national, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Will Remote Work Stick?

The idea of being a web developer traveling around in an RV might become a reality. Companies have bounced back and forth remote work over the years; before the pandemic, there was a slew of arguments against the wide acceptance of remote work by large companies. Due to necessity, companies made working from home, well, work. They had to, as it was unsafe to convene in large groups at offices.

Within a few weeks, major tech companies made the bold decision to permanently work from home. Depending on the company, there are different policies. It’s unclear if remote work means work from anywhere or work at home, but in the same region as the office. Companies, and their employees, do a lot of work to build camaraderie, companionship, and teamwork through in-person team building events. Variations of these activities can happen virtually, but they don’t seem to have the same effect.

At the moment, most teams have real-life experience with each other, which may have carried over to remote work, especially when remote work lasted longer than expected. Will remote work be as productive in a year or two when we collaborate with more people we haven’t met at the office? It’s difficult to say.

Benefits Of Remote Work

Working from home can be a blessing if you have the right setup. Complications and conflicts can arise quickly when transitioning to full-time work from home. Most homes aren’t set up for remote work, and not everyone has the space for an office, let alone multiple if you live with other professionals. For the most part, people have adapted well.

Countless memes, TikToks, and Zoom fails sum up the potential joy that work from home can bring. Besides all day kitten cuddles, the lack of commute and a short line at the coffee pot are worth mentioning. Remote is not exclusive to working; Hack Reactor allows students to learn from home to prepare entry-level tech skills.

Drawbacks

Meeting fatigue was an issue before permanent work from home. Meetings have increased, but interestingly, while making fewer personal connections. Watercooler talk and meeting between friends on different teams have reduced in frequency and scope. While this may seem like a positive in the productivity column, it might lower employees’ morale and drive.

The workday is slowly extending too. Reports have indicated that the workday has increased by forty-five minutes. Meetings are starting to happen at increased frequency before and after the typical nine to five workday as adventurers put the ‘remote’ in remote work by relocating to different timezones. Some companies consider location-based pay for workers who remain away from the office when office work resumes, if it does, to pre-pandemic levels.

Will Remote Work Drive Tech Outsourcing?

As companies realize the functionality of remote work, they might use the option to change how they hire. Companies might look for recent graduates of online coding bootcamps who are willing to work for lower wages. If this model works out, companies may attempt to expand this policy to hire remote workers in countries where tech workers are willing to accept lower wages.

There is hope that eventually this model can create a more equitable world driving salaries up in remote or undeveloped areas. While it may seem wages are decreasing in specific markets, this change might be positive for people worldwide. For the time being, it looks like salaries will remain on the higher end. Regardless of your location, you can learn any data science and machine learning at a data science bootcamp.

It will take years to fully realize the effect the coronavirus has had on salaries. The permutations are countless and impossible to predict. It is still a rewarding profession to be in regardless of the salary. Demand for new apps isn’t going to slow down and technology firms will keep salaries high for top talent.

Planning for Success: How to Scale Software Development Teams

Planning for Success: How to Scale Software Development Teams

Are you in a company that’s reached a stage where it’s necessary to scale your software development team? If so, congratulations! Growth shows you’re on the road to success. To continue forward, there are some things to consider before jumping into your plan for scaling up. There is a well-defined process for scaling up rapidly. While challenges and organizational growing pains are inevitable, with proper planning and tools you can tackle them like you would any other day at the office.

Read More »
How to Notice and Prevent Software Developer Burnout

How to Notice and Prevent Software Developer Burnout

How do you notice and prevent software developer burnout as a team lead or engineering manager? Burnout affects each person a bit differently. It often starts subtly and progresses incrementally. Developer burnout feeds into a vicious loop that can make your developers quit or even change career path. If not corrected, it can also lead to health consequences. The good news is that its onset can be identified, prevented, and rapidly alleviated. Let’s examine how.

Read More »
Teamwork In Software Development – 8 Benefits Of Building Up A Collaborative Team

Teamwork In Software Development – 8 Benefits Of Building Up A Collaborative Team

Benefits of teamwork in software development can be measured, qualitatively and quantitatively. Our recent discussion of Agile retrospectives helped to illustrate how. But, it’s worth going further. Today we’ll be looking at teamwork from another perspective. There are a lot of the things that go into teamwork are kind of hard to objectively measure. Think about it: Discipline. Confidence. Transparency. Trust. Morale. Let’s see why teamwork is one of the greatest assets for success.

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