When most people think of a software developer or programmer they imagine a nerdy, pocket protector wielding type who never sees the sunlight and has no creative inclination whatsoever. However, this stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth. To develop software programmes and solutions that make the world a better place requires a certain degree of creativity.

In this three-part post, we’ll look at nine ways to help keep the creative juices flowing as a software developer or programmer.

Collaborate

Two heads are better than one so don’t be afraid to collaborate. Working with others on a project is a great way to stimulate creativity. One person may do the coding but the input from others will ensure that the best ideas make it to the end product regardless of who they come from.  Working with others will give you a fresh perspective and change the way you’re looking at the issue.

As a developer you have the ability to create imaginative and beautiful solutions that are as technically impressive as they are visually stunning. It’s not just the graceful elegant solutions behind the scenes that lets you accomplish X in only Y lines of code while being Z% more server-friendly, it’s also, more importantly, about coming up with cool ideas and solutions that lend themselves to creating really awesome experiences.

Never stop testing ideas

Your ideas should be tested rigorously and refined on a consistent basis as and when they change because even the smallest changes can bring a website or programme to its knees. Constantly evaluating your ideas and thinking them through is a great way to “benchmark” them.

Master your tools

As a software developer or programmer, it’s essential that you stay on top of the latest software developments and constantly improve your knowledge and use of the tools you work with. Your ability to create is limited by your skillset with the tools you use so make sure you know your tools well.

Don’t miss part three of our post where we look at three more tips to help keep the creative juices flowing.

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