how to choose a project for your own character? / Hebrew

how to choose a project for your own character? / Hebrew

The job market in IT today is a market of applicants who can afford such a luxury as choosing a project according to their character traits. Not every project is suitable for the character of a particular person, because of which there are possible problems both when looking for a job and being accepted. I suggest you look at the types of projects in IT development and determine which ones are suitable for people with different personalities.

5 types of projects – according to your character

When looking for an IT job, whether you’re a systems analyst, developer, or engineer, you may encounter many types of projects that companies are hiring for. “Burnout” will not take long if you sign an offer for a project that you don’t really like – but, unfortunately, a better one hasn’t been offered yet. But this disappointment can be avoided if the work, even if it is not 100% “exhilarating”, brings positive emotions.

Each of us who has worked on different projects, or even better in several offices, has developed an intuitive understanding of the likes and dislikes of participating in IT projects. I will try to translate intuitive understanding into a systematic one, as psychotherapists do. The candidate will benefit more if he or she chooses a project during the interview that is closer to a personal understanding of the challenge, prospects or, conversely, a quiet activity. The goal is to find a job that suits your character so that you don’t have the impression that every working day is like Groundhog Day.

Ok, it’s said and done. Let’s try to name the five most common types of IT projects from the point of view of coincidence with the character traits of the candidate:

  1. Development of new commercial products: This is one of the best types of projects to land in as an IT professional. Here, the project has a goal, TOR, as well as management and financing. Such projects are good for developing specialist knowledge and skills, because new versions of the product incorporate all modern features – AI assistants, bots, cloud storage, support for mobile gadgets, etc.

Who will it suit?: to almost everyone – both creatives and sedentary calm performers They will find their niche in such a project. But you should not embellish your own character traits to those that are marked in the vacancy, but are not characteristic of you personally. It is better to discuss your role in the team in advance during the interview, so that the HR specialist can refer you to the appropriate group. The hiring manager/team leader and HR are interested in the new employee being effective and mentally comfortable at work.

It will not suit anyone: there will be few such people, but among them there are bright individualists who are not capable of teamwork, do not like constant control and reporting, frequent meetings and stand-ups. But here is such a genre – commercial products have always been and will be the result of teamwork with the appropriate attributes in the form of sprints, applications for setting tasks and tracking progress such as Jira, Trello, Asana, etc.

In terms of money, commercial product projects are usually “on the market” or slightly higher – and here the salary depends on the specialty, skills and the shortage of such employees in the labor market. On commercial projects, there is usually a good social package, additional days-off and various other “buns”. Among the disadvantages, it may turn out that you have to go to the office, but there are also enough vacancies with remote work here.

For a nice resume, commercial product projects fit very well. For example, the author worked at Microsoft on the Windows project, and to a typical interview question – do you have a product you can be proud of – it is enough to show the box with Windows and the signatures of colleagues on the team “We did it”.

  1. Large ongoing projects with a large amount of work: these are projects within enterprise application ecosystems, and are typically found in banks, large integrators, and multidisciplinary companies. Having been neglected for a long time, such projects require endless updating and screwing in new features based on brilliant ideas from salespeople, analysts and business advisors of the CEO.

Who will it suit?: if you are capable of multitasking, patience and persistence. Such qualities as perfectionism and prudence will come in handy (complex updates and new features can destroy the monstrous inherited system architecture).

It will not suit anyone: if you are annoyed by unexpected and urgent introductions from the management, endless technical debt and the lack of any clear goal ahead in the project.

From the author’s personal experience in Sber-Korus on the Oschadbank Business Online project, there is a lot of routine and especially a lot of bureaucracy and approvals in such large projects. But for a beautiful resume, projects with a big name are what you need.

In terms of payment, on large, ongoing projects, it is usually something average for the market, but there can also be some clever extras. At Sber-Corus, for example, the monthly payment consisted of a very modest salary and a large monthly bonus as a tool not so much of discipline as of encouraging “sit quietly” and punishing the disgruntled. I can’t say how it is now with the payment form, but I’m glad I don’t work there anymore.

  1. A new project to be developed to order or for a new direction in the company: this is one of the most interesting and at the same time well-paid types of projects that are new to the market.

It is for such projects of the recommended software that we regularly recruit employees at the SSP SOFT company. We invite not only experienced specialists to them, but also juniors. About how we grow Junes from scratch to middlings – in our articleTen conditions for growing juns in the company“.

Who will it suit?: if you enjoy learning new technologies, tools, methodologies and building complex applications from scratch. At the same time, on such projects, as a rule, there is good management, which keeps the team within the framework of new, but proven development environments, without jumping to super-new, but controversial tools. There, the probability of rollbacks in the process of creating systems and applications decreases the most. That is, returning to the intermediate points of the project, taking into account the choice of tools, which, when testing the MVP sample, will show its inability for commercial software.

It will not suit anyone: to “freelance artists” and if you don’t like to spend extra time on learning new technologies (you will have to do this outside of working hours). But those who prefer to do only what they know and can do, and “from and to”, have nothing to fear. Although there are not many such people in IT, there are also “pure performers” among the candidates, and there are always positions for them on software projects.

Now about the cons. One of the features of new development projects that can scare you away as a candidate is the limited project duration and tight deadline. Often, such projects employ employees on a temporary contract, which can repel applicants. When the development of the product is completed and it is transferred to “prod”, the team is disbanded and only a minimum number of employees remain on the project to support the software and fix bugs. But this is another, more boring job.

For a nice resume, “From scratch to production” projects are very good. They show that the candidate is familiar with the full development cycle in practice. With payment, as a rule, there are no problems due to the budget allocated in advance, and the salary level is slightly higher than the market (but not always).

  1. Challenge project: is an initiative project launched by individual businessmen or company shareholders, often with their own funds. As a rule, it is about testing technological hypotheses that can bring the company to a new level of innovation, bring commercial surplus or fulfill an important social function.

An example of a “challenge project” is Neuralink, a company founded by Elon Musk. It recruits developers to implement brain-computer interface technologies. The goal of the project is to create new methods of treating neurological diseases and to expand the capabilities of the human mind.

Who will it suit?: if you are ambitious, ready to work at the intersection of various industries, feel like a super creative person, want to leave your mark in science and technology. Such projects literally expand the horizons of knowledge, but they also require a level of self-denial. By the way, this self-denial is usually well paid.

It will not suit anyone: if you have a conditional “mortgage”, you have to live according to a strict family schedule (children in kindergarten or primary school), and in general you do not like any uncertainty in work and your future. It should be borne in mind that the challenge project can be frozen or closed at any time and for various reasons: lack of funding, inappropriate risks, could not agree with partners for testing, etc.

A feature of challenge projects is very high requirements for candidates. The main composition of the teams are senior-level developers and engineers, and noticeably less often mid-level ones. A rare success for June, if they take on such a project. And here there is an element of the struggle of opposites: juniors are not taken on a project challenge because of insufficient qualifications, but it is young employees who can endlessly ignite an idea and be ready to sacrifice themselves, even to the point of working around the clock and “sleeping under the office table”.

  1. Startup: this is the literal embodiment of the catchphrase “There is no money, but you hang on” Yes, startups can be launched under the guidance of business angels, have the support of so-called business incubators in terms of a legal address and some grants, but all this is usually very modest money.

The idea of ​​a startup was and remains the same — having come up with an idea, mold a prototype based on it, which can be presented to investors as a promising result regarding future commercial application. And the main thing here – from the moment of “Eureka” to the prototype, all the members of the startup team have to live somehow without abandoning what they started.

Who will it suit?: surprisingly, not only the founding fathers of an idea or young people who were not hired for a commercial project work in startups. There you can also meet quite competent middlings or seniors who “burned out” at their former job and now want to take a break, rest from their bosses and strict regulations. They like the atmosphere of creativity, coworking, brainstorming and even some brotherhood within the team. They are willing to spend their time and knowledge to work for almost free on a startup team, but usually not for too long.

It will not suit anyone: no matter how promising the idea at the heart of the startup is, the probability that it will “fire” and the team will be showered with green rain from investors is quite small. If you have a situation that requires regular earnings “on the market”, it is better to look for a job on a commercial project or even in the civil service.

The statistics of success and failure of startups vary greatly, but you will not find numbers of successful projects above 10% of the total number. According to the Startup Genome Report, in 2023 there were about 3.5 million startups in the world, of which 92% die every year. Optimists here will say that successful startups attract significant investment, create interesting products and can bring team members a good income when the company is stocked.

Opinions about including work experience in a startup in a resume also differ. During the initial evaluation of your CV, experience in well-known companies on commercial projects is more valued in HR than in startups. But if you pass this filter, the hiring manager or team lead may be interested in your cross-functional teamwork skills and experience in various aspects of development, including programming, testing, and project management.

Conclusion

Each project related to software development has certain characteristics that are suitable for certain personality types. Many specialists, upon hiring, face the problem of choosing a project on which they will feel comfortable working. I hope this article helps you a little to decide on the type of project that will suit your personality and help you become a more productive and successful IT professional.

Finally, about us: SSP SOFT invites for the positions of system analyst, Java, React and Python developers, 1C, DevOps and QA engineers – seepage on hh.ru.

Author: Serhiy Berezin

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