Advices

9ty something things, every junior should know #

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Advices from Luxembourg #

Pierre Tomasina, DevSecOps Consultant at Continuous SA

  • Do not claim statement when it’s based on opinion.
  • Use diverse system, language, platform and model.
  • Communication and team effort will be your most important skills.
  • Do not foster silo culture :)

Gokdag Goktepe, Developer / DevOps Consultant at Continuous SA

Curiosity can be learnt, enhanced, improved and directed - which is essential for everything you do in IT.

Guillaume Faas, .NET Expert / Software Craftsman chez Squaremiled

Stay curious, stay passionate and don’t give up!

Florian MICHEL, Software Developer chez Kyu Solutions

  • I think mentoring is very important to grow from junior to craftman.
  • My advice : find the right workplace, don’t be shy to leave a toxic environment.

Thierry Nicola, Software Developer at Doctena

  • Communication is essential, Written communication even more in times of All remote Teams . First point of contact is the CV as proof of written commnication skills

  • Learn multiple programming languages to be able to judge what is good and less good in each one of them. Enables you to be involved in stach decisions more easily

  • Develop a passion instead of certificates. Certificates help to get the first interview, but passion for the tasks and programming is what brings you the job you want

  • Go beyond and be involved in the whole stack Lean deployments, server maintenance, JS bundling, Databases..

Well hope you are doing well and good luck with all your adventures

Michael Buente, Partner at QPark Consulting

  • Do not fear to fail. FAIL is the First Attempt in Learning.

Maxime Verschelde

You’ve chosen a wonderful journey. It’s 200% sure that you will find a job quickly, and the salary will probably be cool as well.

However, it’s up to you to build an interesting career, and to be happy to wake up every morning as an IT professional.

My advices are :

  • Your job won’t be a “8:00 to 17:00” job. You constantly need to renew yourself, so please : go to conferences, read books, be part of communities, … ( + of course do a lot of other non-IT activities)
  • There are still people who think that IT guys wear ugly glasses, that they never see the sun … Show them that this is not true. How ? Communicate ! All the time ! Show what you have developed, have lunch with people from outside your IT department, attend non-IT events, etc. (+ find nice glasses)
  • There are a lot of different jobs in IT. Believe me. A lot ! So, find the job that you like. If you don’t like your job, leave it ! This is really important to keep you motivated most of the time
  • Last but not least : Have fun !

Laetitia Klein

These are my advices for becoming architect :

First, there are different types of architectures : Business architecture, Application architecture, Technical architecture and Infrastructure architecture. All of these are equally important.

When you have to manage a project from an architecture point of view, the Business architecture is the what & why : What does the business want to do ? It’s the first phase : Collecting the requirements. And then you have to understand these requirements and often ask ‘why ?’ why the business want to do stg (if you don’t understand why that may means that it’s not clear even for the business so ask why three times J)

After this business phase, you can begin the Application architecture : How. (how I will design my application ?) at this stage process are necessary. Try to map the systems on the process. You can then scope the functional area of your systems to be dev (what feature in what system). Then you cope with the techno (software constraints) and after that you will deploy on infrastructure (hardware constraints).

Two more advices :

  • Never begin an application design without clear requirements. That means : spend time with business team, talk the same language (ubiquitous language)
  • Don’t make a one-page diagram with everything inside. Flows, features, IP address, exchange protocols, etc.
  • Make a view point for each type of architecture domain :
    • One for business architecture
    • One for application architecture,
    • One for technical
    • One with the infrastructure. This will help you to have the right support to discuss with the different stakeholders : Business, dev, ..

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Julien Thaï, IT Architect at Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL)

Cependant je te dirai qu’en tant qu’architecte on ne doit se concentrer que sur la technique, il nous faut aussi challenger le besoin en posant la question « pourquoi » 3 fois.

Notre but c’est de répondre au mieux au besoin du client si ce dernier est justifié et c’est pourquoi la question précédente nous permettra de mieux saisir de quoi il a besoin.

Ensuite il faut que cela en vaille la peine et aborder une approche MVP.