When it comes to difficulties of software development, it’s important to understand that sometimes, without true expertise, it is impossible to properly assess the core of the problem.
There are situations when ‘good‘ or ‘very good’ is not enough. Sometimes, you may find yourself in the position when your software project does not necessarily go according to plan due to some unexpected technical hurdles. Or – let’s use another scenario – you aim to build not just a solution, but the software solution that will stand out on the market and give you competitive edge. Either way, the skills to define the core of the problem and solve it with joint effort of the whole team is definitely something you would always want to have in your project.
In the above, and in many other cases, technical expertise comes to the rescue.
What is technical expertise?
Technical expert is not just a software developer. It is a person that has competencies way beyond a senior dev and can either be a subject matter expert, who specialises in solving immensely intricate and rare technology problems or a solution architect, with broad knowledge, able to propose solutions for an entire IT system.
The superpowers of a technical expert are the abilities to deal with ambiguities, embrace possibilities and solve extremely complex issues. They add significant value to a project through their knowledge and substantial experience. As they dealt with a number of similar cases in the past, they developed an ability to help teams solve technical issues.
Their goal is to oversee the entire process of software development in a project in order to ensure that the solution which is being built will meet the highest standards in terms of quality, usability, security and business needs.
The guidelines of knowledge and experience
In their job, a technical expert focuses on three main activity areas:
- exchange of technical knowledge,
- communication with the development team and clients to help them achieve their business goals,
- technical consultancy and development and exchange of technical knowledge.
The frosting on the cake
But there is more to technical expertise than in-depth knowledge and the ability to solve complex tech problems. Technical experts have well-developed communicational skills, a can-do attitude and the power to motivate. The way they influence the team really encourages it to explore more and strive to remove any obstacles on the way to project success.
With a deeper, more specialised knowledge, a technical expert brings new energy to a project and a view that is fresh and expert at the same time.