It might not be your fault! Your senior developers might not be fostering an inclusive environment for juniors.
Process doesn’t have to be a burden. Process is all about defining our expectations of ourselves and our teammates, measuring the effects of our work, and then iterating on those expectations.
Working on teams with poor or no process can feel hectic and overwhelming. Impostor syndrome is worse on these teams. Deadlines feel crushing and success feels haphazard. Teams might abandon processes like testing, design, or review when things get busy.
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Even if you don’t have the power to force your team to follow a particular process, there are still things that you can do!
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It’s possible to structure an application in such a way that it is more inclusive to being maintained by developers of a variety of experience levels. This includes everything from the scaffolding and execution of the project and the build system, to the architecture of the application and the way we convert visual designs to code.
If it takes a long time to onboard new developers to your team’s technology stack, or if your team struggles with costly regression defects that slow development and harm morale, it could be a sign that your abstractions need some upgrading.
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Developers that have mentors are promoted at significantly higher rates than their peers. Additionally, mentorship raises team morale, improves retention, promotes a positive team culture, and improves outcomes for customers. Mentorship has positive career effects for the mentors as well.
Teams without mentorship suffer with feelings of stagnation and a lack of advancement. Juniors and mid-level developers never seem to be promoted out of their lower roles and get more responsibility. Seniors feel unchallenged, bored, and underappreciated. Significantly more developers leave their jobs if they have not received mentorship in the last twelve months.
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