Writing is a core skill for developers

We software developers write a lot of code, but we write text, too. We write issues, commit messages, specifications, references, docs, and architectural decision records. We write chat messages and e-mails. Some of us even blog!

That’s a lot of writing and it would be great if the writing was good. When working remotely, it matters even more, since you can’t solve everything by talking. This is a bit of a blind spot for some: a person can be a great communicator in person, yet they may not be comfortable with text.

It looks like the pandemic and remote work are going to be with us for a while, so it’s worth it to look at how your everyday writing is doing. It does not have to be eloquent, but it has to be effective. Does it get your point across quickly and clearly?


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