LOS ANGELES, CA / JUNE 13, 2022 / Leadership is a critical element of one’s success in the software industry. Interim VP of Engineering Trevor Harwell recently discussed how to become a better team leader in software development.
“Leading any type of work team requires several skills, but there are also qualities of excellent leaders specific to the field of software development,” Harwell said. “Contrary to popular belief, a successful leader doesn’t need to be born with these traits. He can acquire them through dedication to the field and his team’s success.”
Be a Problem Solver
Problem-solving is critical to success in software development. A seasoned software developer like Trevor Harwell will assure others that things don’t always go as planned in this industry. That’s why It’s essential to adapt to new needs whenever they arise.
Projects change direction quickly in software development and can stray far from the initial plan. A successful software development leader is up to the challenge and ready to solve the problem while empowering her team to approach the issue with a positive attitude.
Leaders across all industries must have excellent communication skills. Most CEOs and executives will state that solid communication is an essential trait of a successful leader.
Communicating effectively also means ensuring each team member knows their roles, responsibilities, and expectations. They effectively relay the client’s desires to the development team, so the result meets and exceeds client expectations.
Equipped with In-Depth Technical Capabilities
Software development is a field that requires intense technical knowledge. A successful team leader must be at the top of their game regarding technical skills in testing, design, implementation, deployment, debugging, and other tech areas.
“The team leader must ensure complex coding requirements are met on time and at the highest quality level,” Harwell said. “They must also be up-to-date on the lasted technologies and those on the horizon. Business opportunities pass quickly if team leaders don’t know about the hottest new technologies.”
Harwell is currently in the field of software leadership as the Interim VP of Engineering at a successful tech company. He quickly moved from a front-end developer to a full-stack developer to a development manager and his current position.
His love for technology began at a young age, so entering the industry was a no-brainer. He has a passion for solving business problems through technology. His passions and hard work toward becoming a successful leader led to a career in leading software development teams and building sustainable solutions via technology.