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Developers vs. problem solvers: Why it's important to have both on your team

Published 5 months ago

When choosing a firm to develop your custom software, it's important to know who is on the team. We think diversity contributes to excellence overall, especially when you're in the process of developing a custom software product from the ground up to meet a company's unique needs. That's why we don't just hire developers who sit and write code all day.

According to the 2018 Developer Skills Report, "Problem-solving skills are almost unanimously the most important qualification that employers look for … more than programming languages proficiency, debugging and system design. Demonstrating computational thinking or the ability to break down large, complex problems is just as valuable (if not more so) than the baseline technical skills required for a job.”

We couldn't agree more. That's why we hire people with STEM experience — people who have degrees in and immersed themselves in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — and train them to be software developers.

We want problem-solvers who will be collaborative, consultative partners, who think outside the box to strive for new ideas, and who will put a breadth of experience into your project.

Other benefits of having a diverse team of developers from different educational backgrounds working on your project:

Overall team performance is heightened. A study by Scientific American, How Diversity Makes Us Smarter, showed that diverse teams are more diligent and harder working. It's because teams lacking in diversity do not challenge each other in the same way diverse teams do. People with the same educational and cultural backgrounds are trained to think the same way. The result can be complacency and a drop in overall team performance. You want your development team firing on all cylinders, and one way to ensure that is to have people from different backgrounds on the team challenging each other.

Innovation ramps up. If you want innovation, you need a team made up of people with differing backgrounds, areas of expertise and points of view. Study after study, including the one by Scientific American, shows that diverse teams are more creative. This is especially important in the world of custom software development because innovation and breaking new ground are essential to creating products that are unique and tailor-made for a specific business's needs.

Problem-solving is increased. No two projects are completely alike, and problems and roadblocks can arise. A team of people who are trained in different schools of thought come at problems from different angles. Being able to work through those roadblocks quickly is a key part of our business.

Bottom line, our teams of developers come from different educational backgrounds and walks of life. Together, they give our clients the excellence, creativity, and innovation they deserve.