Debugging is a critical skill. More important than the skill is the mindset. The debugger’s mindset is the attitude that you must always understand the why behind a problem; any ambiguities or unknowns are unacceptable. This mindset has the potential to carry you from debugging small functions to solving difficult organizational issues.
Creating a technical plan is a sign of professionalism and maturity as a software developer. No matter what you’re working on, whether it be a straightforward feature extension or a massive data migration, a technical plan must be written.
Why Should I Write A Technical Plan?
- A written plan forces you to think deeply about your work.
- A written plan facilitates communication. Review it, talk about it, reference it.
- A written plan serves as documentation. What did we set out to do and how did we do it?
- A written plan organizes your execution.
- A written plan invites collaboration, which begets technical thoroughness and stakeholder alignment.
- A written plan signals professionalism.
As you write your technical plan, here are some ways to ensure the process is as effective as possible.