I used to think that improving my knowledge of coding would be worthwhile.
– I would be able to estimate better. Clients would ask me how long it would take to build a particular website or app and I would be able to instantly give them an answer.
– I could interrogate development estimates better – ‘It won’t take 10 days!’,
– I could support the tech team by offering technical solutions – ‘How about you just back-port the revision onto the previous prod release?’
– I’d be able to sign up to Codeyear and update my social networks with messages like ‘This year I’m learning how to code’
– I’d be able to diversify my skillet and be even more valuable to my employer.
– I wouldn’t have to work with developers
I’ve recently changed my mind.
I now think Producers should stick to Producing and focus their efforts on improving their strengths rather than their weaknesses. For small operations a swiss army knife who can build as well as manage projects is a valuable asset but off shoring development is becoming increasingly popular. Well trained and briefed cheap labour overseas is often a more attractive business solution.
It’s also fun collaborating with developers who are often geeks that are extremely passionate about their craft.
Finally, The Project Triangle is often a Project Polygon and Producers/Project Managers have enough to do.
- Learn to Code; Learn Code Culture | HASTAC (fargoxo.wordpress.com)
- 2012: The Year of Online Learning. (aninosaintlife.wordpress.com)