Just as you ve had mentors who have significantly helped you, you have an obligation to be a mentor to others.
I like to believe that I was a mentor, at least
Be prepared to give a significant amount of your time and energy to mentor others, as others have given time and energy to mentor you. However, you will have to guard against those who will utilize your time and talents without applying
A talented and hardworking programmer who connects with an influential mentor has the greatest chance for success. Indeed, keen as I am on the virtues of talent and hard work (and some people think I m so high on them that I m over the top), if I had to choose between being talented and hardworking, but not having a mentor, or being average in skill and zeal but having a powerful mentor, I would choose the latter.
You have many opportunities to find
Having rapport with users, building their trust, means that the end users don t feel as if IT is shoving something down their throats, Dan Goldstein says. That matters, because if the users don t buy into something you re introducing, it is not going to work. They can make or break any system.
Dealing with an end user can be tricky. Even as an
Jean Kopan, vice-president of technical development at a software development and consulting company in suburban Philadelphia, has the following advice:
When a user comes to you with a request, you should not just transcribe that request into programming. The request may be counterproductive.
For instance, let s say someone in the order entry department says, ˜I don t really see why I have to key in this order classification code. I don t want to key it in anymore. Take it off the screen.
But everyone in the sales department is using that classification code to decide how well certain classes of orders are selling. So if you take out that code, there ll be a ripple effect. You cannot always just do what the user wants. To respond intelligently to his request, you need to understand the business of the company, what the other users are doing, and how this request may affect other
partsof the company.
You may notice that Jean has just affirmed my oft-stated