What shape are you in? Speaking personally, I drink too much coffee and get too little sleep. But that’s not really what I mean. I’m talking primarily about your skill-set.
For me, it’s one of the things that makes the industry so exciting. But increasingly it’s also demanding that developers become more multi-skilled (or at the very least have a deeper appreciation for the skills that sit outside their own specialisms). And to thrive in a highly changeable future, you need to spread your bets.
A number of years back, some clever and no-doubt highly-paid consultant at McKinsey & Co came up with the notion of the T-shaped person (find a good explanation of it here). Essentially this is someone who has deep skills in one particular area but also has a wider understanding and empathy for other areas they come into contact with. Areas they can then apply their own vertical skills to in order to create a better solution to whatever challenges they’re facing.
Ultimately it’s the end consumer that has the greatest influence on what skills will be valued in the future. The sites and apps we build will revolve around their needs (not what we happen to be good at). So to ensure your career is as future-proofed as possible, it’s time to get seriously T-shaped.
Over to you. Apart from the skills listed above, what else do you think developers need to get T-shaped about?