Victor Leung
Victor Leung
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It’s not a tech problem, stupid

April 09, 2016

I enjoy assisting people and solving complex problems, but it can be disheartening to see issues beyond the realm of a programmer's ability to resolve them. If you don't have a background in engineering, you might think you have a tech problem: a website, an app, or a machine learning server appear to be the solution. However, this is not the case. These, in my opinion, are your seven most serious issues:

You're not delivering on your promises - What is the product's goal? What exactly is the issue you're attempting to resolve? Do you have a good understanding of what your customers require? How does the product stand out in the market? Do you have command over the delivery process? If not, it may be a waste of time and money to construct something that no one cares about.

You're a risk averse person - You're afraid of things breaking. You can't see the messy CSS files that no one knows about, the deprecated legacy browsers, the spaghetti code that no one wants to touch... It takes time to organize them, but having the confidence to make radical changes is critical. Clean up your tech debt, and you'll be able to go forward.

You are not a creative person. - The text isn't completely aligned; the box is off by one pixel, and the font is too small. I understand that things are simple to correct, but it still doesn't look nice. Perhaps you need to put your faith in the designer to make bold visual choices. You might want to engage a user experience specialist to do some A/B testing for you. To do SEO, you may need to give some high-quality material.

With little communication, you form close and dishonest relationships. There is no way to see the progress or the roadblocks. You're deceiving investors by over-promising, and everything appears to be in order. There was no time in between for a discussion of the concerns. Until the truth was revealed one day, and the problem affected everyone, with nothing being done. Thanks.

You instil a sense of rivalry in the opposing squad. - Do you understand why your team is dissatisfied? Is there an excessive workload that burnt up the unit? Is the crew having fun with their work? Is there enough faith in the system? The working environment is not pleasant, warm, or stimulating. Maybe it's time to fire the CEO because of poor management.

You get more done by doing less - Can't you see the productivity drop? Meetings that are disorganized and lack a conclusion. Attempt to complete numerous jobs at the same time with no regard for priority. Not only are you squandering your own time, but you are wasting the time of others as well.

You're not a humble person - What matters to you is who is right, not what is right. You must be correct because you are a senior with more experience. Your ego influences your judgment and prevents you from making objective conclusions. Your attitude blinds you, and all you can see is your enormous dick on the table.

It's simple to identify faults in the software, but it's more difficult to spot them in corporate culture. That's what you need to do: fix the basic issues.

About Victor Leung

Software development professional with expertise in application architecture, cloud solutions deployment, and financial products development. Possess a Master's degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance. Highly skilled in AWS (Certified Solutions Architect, Developer and SysOps Administrator), GCP (Professional Cloud Architect), Microsoft Azure, Kubernetes(CKA, CKAD, CKS, KCNA), and Scrum(PSM, PSPO) methodologies.

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