Propósito: Lo que aprendí al renunciar como líder de equipo dos veces

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Sé que los desarrolladores sienten dudas al elegir el rol de IC sobre un gerente o viceversa. Hablaré sobre mi propio camino para encontrar mi propósito haciendo las cosas que me gustan.

8 min
09 Mar, 2023

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La charla aborda la importancia de encontrar un propósito y aprender de experiencias pasadas en el desarrollo de software. Se enfatiza la necesidad de probar diferentes áreas y reflexionar sobre las experiencias para encontrar dirección. Comprender el propósito propio y el valor que aporta es crucial. Los errores se ven como conocimientos valiosos para mejorar.

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1. Introducción a Propósito y Aprendizaje

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Hola, gracias por venir. Hoy hablaré sobre el propósito y lo que aprendí al renunciar como líder de equipo dos veces. Comencé en la infancia con C, C++ y PHP para el desarrollo web. ¿Mi trabajo me divierte? ¿Qué cosas debo eliminar, cambiar o agregar? Veamos las direcciones a corto plazo. Mis direcciones se acercarán a la experiencia de un ingeniero de marca-senior y, con ciertos conocimientos, pasarán a la posición de líder de equipo, luego a la posición de ingeniero y luego nuevamente a la posición de líder de equipo.

Mi nombre es Alex Ptahin y soy un ingeniero de software en Presto Tech. Hoy hablaré sobre el propósito y lo que aprendí al renunciar como líder de equipo dos veces.

Unas palabras sobre mí. Mitad de la experiencia como ingeniero. Mitad de la experiencia como líder de equipo. A veces me pregunto qué soy ahora después de esta experiencia.

Vamos al principio. Tenemos diferentes caminos hacia la Tecnología. Comencé en la infancia hace muchos años con C, C++ y PHP para el desarrollo web. ¿Por qué fue tan interesante? Porque era un juego. ¿Por qué juegan los niños? Porque es divertido. Cuando crecí, perdí la diversión porque ahora soy adulto. Debería ser serio y considerado, un hombre serio y respetable. Además, estamos en un mundo que cambia rápidamente y aunque la psique humana tiene un amplio margen de seguridad, no es fácil hacer cosas a largo plazo sin diversión.

Menos diversión, menos aprendizaje. Menos diversión, menos felicidad. Comencé a pensar. ¿Mi trabajo me divierte? ¿Qué cosas debo eliminar, cambiar o agregar? ¿Qué puede llevarme a hacer cosas sin diversión? Y solía ser impulsado por metas a largo plazo. Quiero ser el CTO en 5 años. Lograr esta meta puede ser tanto bueno como malo. Alcanzar la gran meta fue muy agotador y no tenía idea si sería mejor. Finalmente, ¿me hará más feliz? Todo es lo que quería. ¿O solo quería alguna parte de la imagen de ser el CTO? Las metas a largo plazo pueden jugar una cruel broma. Veamos las direcciones a corto plazo. Considéralas como experimentos y adaptación. Sin enfoque ahora en lograr requisitos. Podemos cambiar la dirección si entendemos que las cosas van por mal camino. Mis direcciones se acercarán a la experiencia de un ingeniero de marca-senior y, con ciertos conocimientos, pasarán a la posición de líder de equipo, luego a la posición de ingeniero y luego nuevamente a la posición de líder de equipo. Luego también cosas de ingeniería.

2. Encontrar Dirección y Comprender Propósito

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Actualmente, mi dirección está más definida, pero puede cambiar. ¿Cómo podemos ayudarnos a encontrar una dirección? Prueba diferentes áreas como arquitectura y diseño, intenta ser líder de equipo o explora la ingeniería mental. Comprender nuestro propósito es crucial. Es el significado lo que es importante y valioso para nosotros. Reflexionemos sobre nuestras experiencias, tanto las nuevas como las que hemos olvidado. Los errores pueden brindar ideas valiosas sobre lo que funciona y cómo mejorar.

¿Cómo podemos ayudarnos a encontrar una dirección? Ayudemos a las personas a descubrir cuál es su dirección ahora. ¿Quieres probar más cosas de architecture y design? Dilo. ¿Quieres intentar ser líder de equipo? Dilo. ¿Quieres ingeniar mentalmente? Comienza a hacerlo y dilo. ¿Qué deberíamos preguntarnos en este caso? Se considera una mayor comprensión del propósito, pero es otra palabra filosófica. ¿Qué es? El diccionario Oxford nos da un par de definiciones, pero lo interesante para nosotros es la última. Es el significado lo que es importante y valioso para nosotros. Pero, ¿qué es esencial? Algunas cosas son nuevas en mi experiencia, otras no. Veo esta experiencia como una imagen del Cañón Británico en Utah. Otras personas pueden decir que es asombroso, pero yo veo errores y esto también es mío y casi lo olvidé. Esta imagen muy subjetiva de errores no me ayudó a entender qué estaba bien y cuál es mi ventaja y cómo mejorar otras cosas. Así que el consejo para el yo más joven es escribir las cosas, cómo van con victorias y errores, sin presión, sin culpas. Va de la mano con el mundo de la conciencia y pronto obtendremos un gran conjunto de palabras diferentes sobre diversión y propósito, como esta. ¿Cómo se conectan con eso? No estoy seguro de la manera fácil. Pero tal vez no sea el gran caso para nosotros. Y podemos enfocarnos solo en algunos de ellos. Diversión, propósito, conciencia. Todo lo demás puede derivarse de los elementos destacados en la proporción que necesitemos. También podemos encontrar muchos materiales sobre el estudio de diferentes motivaciones. Solo haré referencia a uno para probar. Drive. Algunas verdades sorprendentes sobre lo que nos motiva, por Daniel Pink. Y las palabras clave aquí son autonomía, maestría y propósito. Finalmente, tengo 3 cosas para resumir. Usa filtros de diversión tanto como puedas. Piensa en direcciones y experimentos, no en metas a largo plazo. Los errores son parte del aprendizaje. Puede ser una buena idea escribirlos. Y esto fue en mi camino, y será solo tu camino único. El propósito es nuestra propia forma de diversión y experimentación. Nadie puede aplicarlo a ti. Solo experimentos nuevamente, diversión y aprendizaje. Gracias por su atención, las diapositivas estarán en el código QR y sus preguntas son bienvenidas. Gracias por su atención, las diapositivas estarán en el código QR y sus preguntas son bienvenidas.

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