Hello, DEV friends! 👋 Let's discuss a very important brain bug that all (almost) programmers have, when they start working for a company with real projects.
They're ashamed and afraid to say, "I do not understand this task".
Exploitation of this bug is very simple: just say in a confident tone any nonsense, and then ask "Well, do you understand?".
For example, your project manager says, "So, let's add a condition here, put a button there and everything starts working. Got it?".
Most of the inexperienced programmers I've ever seen, answer "yes" without thinking, even though they really have no idea what kind of button they're talking about, or what exactly "everything" entails. 🤷
When I did that myself, I was ashamed to admit it. I thought that as soon as I said that I did not understand something, I would immediately sign my incompetence, inability to listen and general unprofessional.
For myself, I cured this bug because I realized: it's much worse to waste time on an unclear task and do it wrong, or to come to a project manager with silly questions when you're already expected to produce results... than to ask all exciting questions about the task from the beginning! 😉
Look at yourself. Maybe you, too, have a bad habit of not admitting you don't understand something, huh?
- Nik Shuliahin https://unsplash.com/photos/BuNWp1bL0nc
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