If you’re a manager looking after a team of web developers or in the process of looking for some, you’ll find that you’re encounter particular quirks or personalities that you can group together to create a successfully dynamic group. All individual developers possess different work styles paired with a different skill set, and you can benefit for paying close attention to these, especially if you’re looking for a particular personality to join your team.
Here are some common types of web developers that you will definitely come across:
1. The Conventionalists
These guys are stickler for rules and prefer that way when given opportunities of web development. They aren’t the most keen group of people when using diverse frameworks and libraries are they are contented with their pre-existing conventional methods and tools. As the saying goes, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix’.
However don’t mistake this hard-t0-budge attitude for a lack of competence. They are usually the group of developers who are majorly referred to as the expert developers in their respective field and have been in the industry for quite some time. It’s good to have a few of these on your team to create stability and have a presence of expertise.
2. The Go-Getters
These people who prioritise getting the job done and encompass the saying “work smart, not hard”. They’re equipped with the latest functions, tools, strategies and workflow that help them create advanced web projects. Most of them have their own set of premade modules and libraries to simplify their workflow and maximise productivity.
3. The Perfectionists
There’s always one in any group dynamic. The perfectionists who go above and beyond coding. They leave coments, pay great attention to naming variables and do the dirty work aka documentation. In the developer world, this category is very rare. I mean let’s be real here: when’s the last time you left a detailed comment or wrote a manual for your software?
4. The Ninjas
You’re a man of few words and keep to yourself. You’re an enigma: not outright friendly or forthcoming yet you surprisingly work well on a team. People notice your tireless nature and can’t figure out how you do everything so effectively and efficiently – all the work seems to be done, but there’s little evidence to suggest that you did it in the first place. Sounds like you? Congratulations, you’re the resident ninja.
People usually believe that in order to work well in a team, you need to be flamboyant and a grade A socialite. However the Ninja is a walking example of proving this myth wrong. There’s nothing wrong with having reserved people on your team who don’t care for work relations and focus on getting the job done. The no-nonsense attitude figure can be very beneficial to work with.
5. The Ambassador
This person is pretty much the complete opposite of the Ninja. They’re in the spotlight and is generally the face of the team and unofficial project manager. Although they hold proficient programming skills, this is primarily used to know how to communicate and relate between client and web developer rather than doing the hard work themselves. In his supervisory role, the Ambassador is the in-between guy, ensuring that every project meets the requirements and satisfies the client whilst balancing practicality.
6. The Researchers
For every researcher, a code is just not a code as it becomes a topic of discussion, blog and Q&A for them. They carry out discussions, meetings and majorly share their theories and findings to let others know about their opinions and findings. For them, every single web jargon has an amazing conversation behind it and they duly do their research to explore more.
7. The Speedy Multitasker
The multi-tasker thrives on taking on multiple projects at once and works much faster than most – however it comes at a price. The amazing speed they work out may be tarnished by the quality as the speed results from cutting corners and hacking cores since they believe optimising the checking code takes too long. Despite this trainwreck of a person, the product works just as well . Cutting corners may not be the most favourable practice, but in an impossible turn of events, your speedster may still be an invaluable part of your team of web developers.
8. The Scholar
The Scholar or better known as the “Know-It-All” is pretty much the figure amongst web developers who is known to be a walking encyclopedia on programming. They’re the one you naturally drift to when you have any questions or concerns about coding as they can spend hours passionately discussing the history of a programming language or dissecting an imperfect code. They feel obliged to impact knowledge to others and share his/her passion for the theory and technical intricacies of coding and programming. They try their best to explain to clients why using state of the art technology is so important. After all, every project is his/her precious child.
This figure can be an amazing contribution to your team, but be sure to channel his energy on important projects, rather than waste time satisfying his urge to delve into every trivial detail.
9. The Geek
Workaholic doesn’t even begin to describe the Geek, or the martyr of web developers. This gem goes beyond the call of duty to deliver the project and takes great pride of their work. Lunch hours consist of eating and frantically finishing off a project ahead of schedule, and free time involves books, journal articles and the like to improve himself and his skill set. The epitome of an introvert, he feels most comfortable in the world of code and programming jargon. For this reason, they make a much better person as a worker bee than a leader.
10. The Debuggers
Or as I like to call it, the web developer Knights in Shining Armour. Debugging is a skill in itself, where it’s true power and strength can only be brought out when the page shows “Internal Service Error 500” and are ready to save the day. They’re not only capable of catching and eliminating bugs in their own code, but in codes written by others too. Well versed with all debugging tools and have a very clear knowledge of a flow of events and ability to spot the trigger in the chain.