A few years ago, Chanty’s team faced the following situation: We’d done a good job with our product, an alternative to Slack and easy-to-use team chat, and we expected thousands of active users.
Then we opened our analytics tool and discovered that we were failing to convert users the way we expected—they were leaving. Months of developing, testing, and tweaking our team chat seemed to be wasted.
What could have gone wrong? The answer was a no-brainer: conversion and retention could be improved with a thought-out customer onboarding process. This is the trap many startups fall into: Being unaware of the impact onboarding makes, companies lose their users instead of getting expected recognition.
Luckily for Chanty, this story has a good ending. And in this article, our team will share our advice, tips, and strategies for those who need help crafting their onboarding process. Let’s dive right in!
Analyze Your Competitors First
The first step is simple, yet useful. Analyze every part of your competitors’ onboarding flow. Think of it as the necessary preparation stage. What best practices can you learn from them? As our startup is a Slack alternative, we looked at Slack’s onboarding pros and cons.
We have noticed that their onboarding flow had evolved. A few cool improvements include the following
- Now, new Slack users don’t need to create a password during the signup process. It’s a great idea in terms of conversion rate because it shortens the user journey.
- In-app tooltips are brief and informative.
- In 2016, Slack made the account creation flow more dynamic and personalized.
Nevertheless, Slack’s onboarding emails remain spammy and messy. This was the thing we decided to improve: dramatically crafting Chanty’s onboarding process.
Components of a Good Onboarding System
Let’s start from the very beginning: The onboarding process is the ongoing relationship your users have with your product. In other words, using your product should turn into users’ new habits. The bad news is that building habits can be hard (remember how it is difficult to start learning a new language or going to yoga classes consistently).
Here comes the question: how to build the habit and create a truly engaging onboarding? We decided to onboard, educate, and support every new user as much as possible during their initial weeks. What gave us strength? We just knew what we were fighting for:
- We wanted to stop users from dropping off.
- We wanted to understand the reasons why our prospects were struggling with Chanty features.
- We wanted to know the steps where they got frustrated about our team chat.
- We wanted to segment our users based on their behavior.
- We wanted users to upgrade to the paid tier.
- And so forth.
Looking ahead, a single welcome email is not enough for all the above-mentioned goals. Your relationships with users start from the very first step of signing up for the service and … never end.
However, please don’t rush to get everything at once! Speaking of our experience, we have not had enough time and resources to cover all the aspects of onboarding. When you are just starting your journey to the excellent onboarding flow, there is a “minimum onboarding pack.” It carries out two main tasks of onboarding flow: It introduces new users to your product and motivates them to stick around for the long haul:
- Signup and welcome email to greet new users on their first login and encourage them to take the first step in setting up their account.
- The product tour to guide users toward their “aha” moment and showcase high-value features.
- A few transaction and educational emails to turn new users into loyal ones and convert them into paying customers eventually.
- Documentation (it’s optional in the first instance).
In a nutshell, our initial onboarding flow considered true users’ goals. We focused on what they wanted to achieve. In other words, we forgot about highlighting Chanty features and did our best to help users reach outcomes as easily and predictably as possible:
- We offered users a clear and straightforward roadmap.
- We sent consistent reminders.
- We kept useful resources for potential sticking points ready for users.
Let’s take a deeper look at how the user onboarding process has begun for Chanty.
Create Simple Signup That Triggers Emotions
Every onboarding experience starts with signup. During the signup process, you begin the relationships with users and gather useful information about them. With so many tips out there on how to make the perfect signup flow, there is still no “one size fits all” solution. The truth is, a simple 1-click signup doesn’t impress anyone anymore. Now it’s all about creativity that triggers emotions. To create a habit-forming application, you should link your product to the users’ daily routines and emotions.
Have you noticed a short bullet list in the right corner? We complimented the Chanty signup form with the perks the user will get using your tool. That’s positive reinforcement that the user is actually signing up for something great. So don’t hesitate to compliment your signup form with the perks the user will get using your tool.
Also, we were trying to keep signup as simple as possible. So, our signup form did not ask users to leave too much information. In our team chat, we are asking only for:
- Name and Email in the first step (you’ve seen its screen shot above)
- Team name
- Confirmation code sent to the email
It was our initial signup form. It’s hard to get more simple than that. However, over time, we decided to add an additional step to it to gather some marketing information that was absolutely critical for us. It is self-segmenting questions that help us autofill data:
Here you can take a look at a welcome message during the first login:
However, while our simple signup was cool, our main goal was to support users in the long run. And here comes the need to incorporate a product tour into your onboarding workflow. Product tours give your community on-demand lessons on using your app. Let’s dive deeper into the Chanty product tour in the next section.
Guide Users Through Your App With a Product Tour
Too many features. Too little time. What should you show users on a product tour? How and when should you explain the rest of the tool functionality? There are different ways to present product tutorials, from the in-app “Getting Started” checklist to tutorial buttons alongside different features.
The product tour we did for Chanty has taught us a few valuable lessons:
- Your product tour should consist of five tips maximum – New users can’t wait to start benefiting from your app. Make sure that your product tour isn’t overlong in order to respect their time. Less is more—many steps only add friction. So, remove distractions, and guide your users in the most direct way possible. Three to five steps is enough for your onboarding flow.
- Your product tour should take less than 40 seconds to complete – People tend to skip long-tailored product onboarding tours and explore the product on their own.
- Your product tour should be user-driven and skippable – It’s a bad idea to force users to do anything. Instead, let them navigate easily through your app, to the right place, with a ‘Next’ button.
- Allow users to revisit the product tour again when they are ready for it – Again, don’t force users to take the product tour. Chances are they want to explore the product on their own at first. Maybe, they will return to the tour later. Just leave open the possibility to revisit the product tour again.
- Don’t try to show all the features – Resist the urge to show off all of your most advanced features at once. New users will have more chances to recognize the value of your app if you stick with the basic features. The most sophisticated capabilities of your software may not fit the average user’s needs. Explaining every nook and cranny of your app will only lead to annoyed users. Considering that, highlight only the features that represent your product’s core value. Additional features can be introduced later.
Don’t be afraid to be playful: Experiment. Test different user interface elements, shapes, colors, sizes, etc. Here is what our product tour looks like:
When the short product tour is over, how do you seamlessly highlight other important features of your product? Addressing this challenge, we have incorporated gamification into our app because the whopping numbers show that gamification can lead to a 150% increase in engagement metrics. What’s more, adding game-like elements to a training experience engages users and motivates them to continue learning.
As a result, the product tour is “extended” so that users don’t hate it. Exploring the “Tasks” feature, users find the tasks for them. Completing these small tasks, they learn more about Chanty features:
What’s more, we’ve created a dedicated video for every important feature we want to highlight:
Onboard and Educate Users With Emails
Emails are a powerful tool when it comes to customer onboarding. However, there’s a question: how to make truly valuable onboarding email campaigns and avoid flooding your potential customers? The answer is quite simple: The emails you send should really help your users. Period.
Here’s the welcome email we usually send. In this email, you will find nothing excessive. Only account details and a link to the documentation:
Once we’ve sent the welcome emails, it’s time to move forward to educational ones that explain the value our top features deliver to keep our new users engaged and educated. While crafting the educational emails, we stick to the ground rule “One concept/feature per email.” Too much information or too many features may confuse users. Instead, let them take a single step at a time with a single and persuasive call to action per email. That will dramatically increase user engagement.
There is a list of tested-and-tried tips that have helped us to craft truly engaging educational emails:
- Keep it simple – Onboarding emails don’t have to be super short. However, they should be super easy to digest. Crafting Chanty’s emails, we were asking ourselves constantly “Can our users understand the main message of the emails in two seconds?”
- Introduce just one new concept and CTA per email – That will help you effectively draw new users into deeper engagement with your app.
- Make your onboarding emails personalized by adding behavior-based triggers – In doing so, you’ll create messages that are more relevant than generic time-based emails. Personalizing your emails to user experience, you’ll see up to a 100.95% higher click-through rate and 18x more revenue.
Document Essential Things
Skip this step if you are only at the start of creating the onboarding process. But if you are ready and have enough time and resources, you should know that documentation is an important element of any onboarding experience. If everything goes great, your documentation center won’t be needed at all. Nevertheless, easily accessible and understandable documentation helps you be sure that when users are really stuck, they can get guidance.
Chanty’s Outcome After Incorporating the User Onboarding Flow
The process of tweaking every nook and cranny of customer onboarding leaves you a lot of space for testing and further improvements. The sky’s the limit for testing: You can vary your approach to different user groups; change channels where you deliver your information; make separate onboarding flows for web, desktop, and mobile apps; etc.
There are a few onboarding metrics we managed to improve with the help of onboarding:
- How often users are logging in. This metric was doubled.
- How long they stay logged in. Users stayed logged in an average of 50 minutes longer.
- How many features they are using. The number of features an average user adopts has increased by 35%.
These metrics are critical for every SaaS business. The reason is simple: If users don’t spend enough time in your app and don’t use the features you offer, they won’t understand the value of your app. And eventually, they won’t buy it.
And that’s aside from the rate at which users convert into paying clients. The main guarantee of our success is continuous optimization and thorough in-app analytics. To name a few more inspirational examples, Pinterest saw a huge increase in customer activation and up to a 10% increase in people who come back with the help of user experience personalization. Tweaking the progress indicator clearer that caused user churn earlier, Intercom experienced a 12% increase in people who have passed through one of the most crucial steps in their onboarding process.
Make Our Lessons Learned Work for You
They say you have only one chance to make the first impression. With the help of thought-out customer onboarding, we have not only drawn users’ attention to our team chat but also made them stay with us. But it’s a hard job. Here are the key lessons we’ve learned:
- Deliver value. The main goal is to show the value the product delivers and to encourage the customers to use it.
- Analyze competitors. Research on best practices will give you ideas on where to start and things to avoid.
- Break the onboarding process into separate workflows.
- Focus on what’s important. Don’t try to do everything at once.
- Keep onboarding as simple as possible. The simpler, the better.
- Test, experiment, and optimize. Choose a metric that is crucial for your business, and optimize your onboarding to get better results.
In addition, there are many great how-to articles, whitepapers, and resources on how to make every bit of customer onboarding flow.
You could look at examples of onboarding from the 10 top software companies featured by Groove or look at 50+ reviews of onboarding processes incorporated in different companies. Smartsheet can help you with a checklist for your onboarding, and this CXL article talks about testing your onboarding. There are lists of useful resources and tips in Appcues and Userpilot blog posts.
What’s worked for us can work for you, too. If you follow these best practices, you’ll see more users stick around and become long-term customers.
What are your thoughts on customer onboarding flow? Are there any tips that have worked for you?
Have you ever wanted to write a guest post for Simple Programmer?
Like our website, it is something that can often appear complex, but is actually quite simple.
We even have an entire page dedicated to helping contributors to learn what we are looking for, and how they can pitch us their submissions, including two previous articles I’ve written with the exact details and process for getting guest posts published with Simple Programmer (and, for what it’s worth, many sites beyond our little corner of the internet.)
Even with all this information, the declining state of my submissions queue and inboxes tells me that giving all the how-to’s and approaching this positively still is not working.
So today, I’m going to tell you the top mistakes we see in the Simple Programmer submissions queue, and how you can avoid making them — so your piece gets published!
Simple Programmer’s Submissions Approval Rate
This is something that has never really changed, and can sound a little intimidating.
At Simple Programmer, our editorial team approves less than 35% of the submissions we receive.
That sounds scary, huh?
But it doesn’t have to be!
Because John has invested in his editorial content so much, we are often more than willing to work with a contributor who is inexperienced with writing for other websites, or has an idea but needs some help pulling it together.
There are only a few things we need to see here to take a chance, most of the time:
- You actually want to write for Simple Programmer. I’m not talking about “Yeah, a backlink from a website with high domain authority would be great for my brand” — I’m saying that you have an idea for a piece that you think would really resonate with our readers, and you are excited to work with us to get it published.
- You actually followed the directions. Sending a submission in for us to review is not rocket science. There is a massive orange button at the bottom of the page that says “Submit Your Article Here”, and that’s really where you should submit your article.
- You actually want to work with us at Simple Programmer. Our editorial process is not to get a half-assed draft and publish it without review. Instead, we have a number of editorial rounds your piece may go through. There are guidelines for pieces published on our site. Most of our regular contributors come back to publish multiple pieces because they like this honing of their writing skills — and our editorial team is a delight to work with (though we may be a little biased!)
It’s when people make the mistakes I’m about to share that we start seeing massive red flags, and choose not to move forward on a piece or with a contributor.
This is going to be pretty short and sweet, because I don’t like to dwell on negatives when it comes to a writer putting themselves out there for approval. It is one of the worst feelings a creative person can go through, to lay it out and wait for potential rejection.
No one likes rejection.
And honestly, I don’t like doling out rejections. It is one of the suckiest parts of being a Managing Editor.
Before I jump into these mistakes that people make again and again in our submissions queue, let me make one point very clear: I’m always looking for a reason to say yes.
Unfortunately, there are some things that instead give me a reason to say no.
Mistake #1 – You Didn’t Read the Guidelines and Process
You could say that this one makes me the angriest.
The editor’s internal struggle:
Want: WOULD YOU READ THE FUCKING DIRECTIONS & GUIDELINES I SENT YOU BEFORE REPLYING W MORE CANNED AND TEMPLATED SHIT?!
Actual: Thanks for this. I suggest reading the directions and guidelines I sent carefully before submitting again.#amediting
— Elisa Doucette (@elisadoucette) May 20, 2019
We make it stupidly simple to follow a process, which is pretty inline with our core value of making the complex simple.
Read the guidelines, follow the directions, email us with actual legitimate questions.
Which brings me to Mistake #2…
Mistake #2 – Not Wanting to Waste Your Time
You might be surprised to learn how many emails I get on a daily basis that include some variation of the question “What can I write about?” (after I’ve sent our guidelines for submission.)
Which is frustrating since the middle of our Write for Us page has a section that literally says, in large Heading 2 font, “What Can You Write About?” This section has 5 general topics, with explanation and examples, of the specific content we are looking for.
Now, if you have a thorough and well-thought out idea for a piece, and would like to know if you are going in the right direction or should adjust, then I’m happy to help suss that out for your final submission.
And I get it. You are probably trying to get as many backlinks and pieces posted as you can, so it is a real waste of your time to have to put in much effort on a pitch before you get approved to write and/or publish it.
Shockingly, it is a real waste of my time to go back and forth with someone who isn’t willing to put any effort into a piece as well.
Mistake #3 – A Title is Not A Pitch
There is not much to say beyond this one simple statement, that might just change your entire pitching process.
I cannot make a serious offer of approval on a piece based on a title.
There are so many ways an article could go based on one statement, and what I envision versus what you are going to write could go down vastly divergent paths through the woods.
Tell me, in 2-3 short sentences, what your piece will be about, and what information you will share.
Again, give me a reason to say yes.
Mistake #4 – Not Tailoring Your Pitch to Our Audience
Though I get a lot of pitches about topics so completely unrelated to Simple Programmer’s general content that it is laughable at best (and a scathing commentary on the state of guest posts and backlink building in this day and age at worst), I’m not talking about irrelevant submissions.
Those get declined without a second glance.
I’m instead talking about content that is adjacent to, but not directly for, our readers.
Broad career and tech topics, that could be found on any website about…well…career and tech topics.
Our readers come to Simple Programmer to learn how to improve their lives and careers as programmers and developers.
Tailor your content to that objective, and we can talk.
Mistake #5 – Not Reading or Following the Directions
I mentioned this above, but it is so often not done that it bears repeating.
For cold emails and queries we get about writing for us, we send a canned response directing them to our Write for Us page.
Still, we’ll get emails back asking questions that are clearly answered on the page.
Or sending the full piece or pitch, even though there is a huge orange button at the bottom of the page that says “Submit Your Article Here.”
Here is why this is such a problem.
Occasionally, I will get a reply saying something to the effect of “Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t see that in the page. I’ll go back and reread to follow your process more carefully.”
In which case, cool beans. When the submission pops up in our queue, I have no harsh feelings or ill-will toward the contributor.
We all make mistakes.
But when I get 4-5 questions in an email thread, asking me to do the work for you, then I can tell that is exactly what is going to happen in this publication process.
You expect our editorial team to do your work for you.
And that isn’t going to happen.
The Secret to Getting Published on Simple Programmer (or Anywhere, Really!)
Editors and content managers have a lot going on.
But one of their most important tasks is making sure that there is content published on schedule.
To do that…they need content to publish.
So they are looking for a reason to say yes.
Follow their guidelines and submission process. Pitch them a well-thought out piece of content that is tailored to and a win for their readers. Make their job easy by showing them that you are an expert and professional that will be a delight to work with. Have some frickin’ pride in what you are doing, rather than playing a numbers game.
I cannot think of more than a half-dozen situations across all the websites and publications I manage where someone put serious consideration into a pitch, and we weren’t willing to work on it with them (or work with them on a different angle/topic if the pitch was simply something we weren’t interested in.)
We want to say yes to your submission to Simple Programmer.
Give us a reason.
Have you found your programming career stuck in a loop during the coronavirus pandemic?
I understand your worries but rest assured, you are not alone.
COVID-19 has had a negative impact on most businesses out there, and tech is by no means an exception. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that the computer programming market was going to drop by 9% in the next decade, and that was even before the coronavirus crisis. The situation is even worse now.
Does it mean you should give up on your career dreams and goals?
The answer is: Definitely not!
There are so many ways to kickstart your programming career as a beginner, or breathe new life into it as a more experienced professional.
Take Part in Online Courses to Strengthen Your Skills
The first thing you should do before going out there and looking for new job opportunities is to strengthen your skills. This is important, because you will be competing with lots of other candidates, so being as confident as possible in your abilities means better chances to get the job.
For instance, if you search for “Python programming” on Khan, it will show you over 100 different learning resources that can help you solidify your knowledge.
Focus on One or Two Programs and Become an Expert
If you want to become the jack-of-all-trades, then you should prepare to miss a lot of job opportunities. Programming is often about specialization, as modern companies are looking for genuine experts in their respective niches.
You should try and focus on one or two languages to start. Identify your favorite niches such as game development or cybersecurity, and then concentrate on programs that dominate this specific area of work.
Be Active on Social Networks
Tip number three is a no-brainer, because modern recruiters rely heavily on social networks when analyzing job candidates.
I am not talking about platforms like Instagram or TikTok, but rather about professional networking platforms like LinkedIn and Indeed. This is where HR managers are searching for new programmers, so make sure to stay active on these networks.
Write a Great Resume
If you want recruiters to take you seriously, you have to write a standout resume that showcases your skills and professional experience. Keep in mind, however, that your CV needs to be concise.
According to this report, recruiters spend only six seconds scanning a resume. If you need to write a paper, you can probably do it long-form and use as many words as you want, but resume writing is totally different. In this case, you need to be concise and prove your worth on a single page.
Create a Portfolio
The next step is a portfolio. Your resume alone may not be enough to impress recruiters, and they will be looking for examples of your work.
As a programmer, you should create a portfolio and perhaps even build a personal website showcasing your best examples of code. For instance, a mobile app developer might show links to their products, so the recruiters can judge their skills.
Prepare for the Job Interview
Programmers who follow the steps above should be receiving invitations for job interviews. That means you ought to prepare well and get ready to answer the questions every recruiter is asking.
Here are some of the frequently asked soft skill questions, aside from the information you’ll need to know in a technical or coding interview:
- Why do you think you’d be a good fit for this role?
- Tell us something about yourself.
- What is your greatest professional achievement?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Why did you leave your previous employer?
Don’t Neglect Soft Skills
Many programmers make this mistake, but you shouldn’t. Soft skills are extremely important because few would enjoy working with people who don’t know how to express their thoughts and communicate clearly.
After all, programming is not only about writing lines of code – it is also about explaining the peculiarities of the product, and making sure that your code showcases (or hides away!) those differences.
Difficult Times Require Innovative Thinking
The time is difficult for programmers because many startups and other companies are shutting down their projects due to COVID-19 and its negative business implications.
However, there is no reason to panic, since you can undertake a plethora of activities to stay in top form and find a new job relatively quickly.
In this post, I analyzed some of the best things you can do to identify open opportunities and find a job during the coronavirus pandemic as a programmer. Do you think these tips can help you find that much-needed new position? Do you have any other suggestions to share with your peers?
I feel like software developers are very analytical and very skeptical in nature. And I want to talk about why a healthy sense of skepticism is good.
And because you are a software developer you may actually be limiting yourself by being too analytical which is preventing you from actually achieving the success that you want in life, ironically.
Transcript Of The Video
John Sonmez: I feel like software developers are very analytical and very skeptical in nature. And I want to talk about why a healthy sense of skepticism is good, but why, because you are a software developer, because you’re a programmer, you may actually be limiting yourself by being too analytical, to having too much of an engineering-focused mind, and being too skeptical, which is preventing you from actually achieving the success that you want in life, ironically.
If you guys are just joining me for the first time, I’m John from simpleprogrammer.com. Yes, I am not your typical programmer. But this is not your typical programming channel because I teach you soft skills for software developers here, as I talk about in my book here, Soft Skills, Software Developer’s Life Manual. You should check it out. It’s available on Kindle now. I just republished this on my own here.
Anyway, go ahead and click the subscribe button if you haven’t already, you will enjoy the content on this channel I believe, and the bell to get notifications of course. And yeah, let’s get started here. Smash the like if you don’t mind. I would appreciate that. That will really help me out with the YouTube algorithm because we got to do some things to feed the YouTube algorithm.
All right, here’s what I want to talk about, and why I’m making this video. I hate to, Coffeezilla. But Coffeezilla, the dude drives me nuts. He really drives me nuts. And I tell you why he drives me nuts. Not because a lot of what he says isn’t true. Some of the stuff that he exposes on that channel, I don’t know if you’ve seen Coffeezilla, you can check it out.
I want to like him, but I also dislike very much the approach and the mindset that he has. But anyway, he’s gotten very popular by basically exposing people, and showing how all these things are scams, and really promoting this sense of skepticism. It’s gotten a lot of traction, especially among software developers. If you’re a software developer, if you’re watching this show, you probably know who Coffeezilla is because you’re probably subscribed to his channel. Because, ooh, bad, the marketing gurus, and all these guys that are promising the secret, and the law of attraction, all this stuff.
Okay, now the reason I know this, and I say this is because look at me. I was a software developer for so many years, and I thought the same way. Coffeezilla just did a video on Think and Grow Rich. When I first picked up the book Think and Grow Rich, I literally read like the first three chapters of the book and then chucked it in the trash can. I was like, yeah, this is some drivel.
I had this sort of, oh gosh, how could you call it, a skeptical viewpoint. But not just skepticism, it borders on the line of one of the worst kind of human emotions I think, which is this cringe type of… I’m not thinking of what the word is. It’s like I think I’m better than you. And it’s sort of a feeling of superiority, of intellectual superiority.
Now this is very unhealthy. And I was part of this, as a software developer, it is rampant in this community. And it affects a lot of smart people, and it hurts smart people in a lot of ways. I’m in Mensa. And when I got into Mensa, at first I got the membership and whatever. I don’t have the membership anymore, and I’ll you why. I don’t go to any meetings.
Because I went to a couple Mensa meetings, and it was some really genius-level people, who knew they were geniuses, and they spent their time playing Scrabble and chess, and talking about how dumb other people are, and showing how smart they are amongst each other, doing trivial logic puzzles and stuff that didn’t actually make them money or make them successful in life.
So it’s really interesting to watch the most smartest people. In fact, I do a lot of coaching. I coach a lot of guys. I coach a lot of guys that are really smart, that are software developers. And almost all of them have trouble with women, horrible trouble. Most of them really have horrible sex lives. They’re just not able to be attractive to women or to handle these social situations.
And it’s because they’re smart. It’s because they’re analytical. And I don’t want to go in the wrong direction with this video, but what I’m saying is this. This is the key thing that I’m trying to convey to you guys here. This is really, really important. What I learned about life is that it’s more important to have effective beliefs than true beliefs.
If you’re a cynic, if you’re skeptical all the time, if you think that all this woo-woo BS is bullcrap, and people who believe this are… You are going to be like those Mensa people, who are so concerned with the truth, and how smart they are, and how much smarter they are than everyone else that they’re not actually practically applying things to life. Because life is not all logic.
So for instance, again, going back to the dating thing. One of the reasons why you’re not having success with dating is because you’re trying to apply a logical analytical approach instead of just letting loose, and having fun, and being free. And you’re judging people, and you’re judging statements.
You have to let go of a lot of that and start to embrace some of the stuff that is outside of your comfort zone, that doesn’t fit neatly into logic and [inaudible 00:05:07]. And believe me, as a programmer, I structure a lot of my life. I was just talking to one of my coaching [inaudible 00:05:13], a couple of them, about systems. System, system, systems.
I make rules. I use systems. I use the algorithms to define my day, and how I work on things, and all kinds of stuff like that. But I’m also this crazy guy who believes all this ridiculous nonsense. I believe a ton of ridiculous nonsense. I love Tony Robbins, a lot of what he says, not everything, but a lot of it. I read Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now. I teach all kinds of spiritual guru, nonsense BS.
But it’s not. From a logical standpoint it is. But from actually transforming and practically living your life, it’s not. And I’ll tell you that again, going back to that book, Think and Grow Rich. When I chucked it in the trashcan… The reason why I picked up the book in the first place was because a bunch of successful people that were way more successful than me, multimillionaires, had recommended that book as one of the top books.
And I read it, or I started to try and read it. And I was just like, no. These guys must be idiots. And then I talked to more and more people as I started to become successful. And I realized that more and more of them will tell me about this book. So finally, I just said, you know what, maybe I’m the ignorant one.
And the thing about ignorance is that, when you’re ignorant, you can’t detect your own ignorance by virtue of it. When you’re ignorant, wisdom seems like foolishness. When you’re ignorant, there’s no way of knowing that you’re ignorant. There’s no way you can detect it. Because it seems like other people are foolish when you’re the one who’s ignorant.
So I sort of developed this assumption in life where I said, if people are more successful than me, I’m going to assume that I’m the one who’s ignorant, and they’re not. It’s a good place to start as opposed to assuming that they’re ignorant. Because if you’re ignorant, you can’t detect it.
So by doing that, it opened me up to a bunch of different things. I went to a Tony Robbins’ seminar, and I laughed. Oh gosh, when I got there, oh man, people dancing, and singing, and hugging each other. And like all of this. And I almost left. But one of the persons there that was on the staff, one of the coaches there, was like, “Just stick it out, just play full in, all in,” is what they call it. Play full out, or whatever they call it.
And he said, “You paid the money already. You can get a refund if you want. This money doesn’t mean much. You’re a successful guy. Just see. Just see what happens if you play full out.” And I did. And you know what? It changed my life. It dramatically changed my life. The personality, the guy that you see now, is in many ways a result of that. And a lot of the success that I’ve had in life and a lot of the happiness and fulfillment that I’ve enjoyed in life is because I did that.
What I’m saying is this. And I’ve got to run because I got to jump on another coaching call here. But look. I know that you’re a software developer, I know you’re analytical, and that’s good. And having that engineering mind is great. You’re maybe smarter than 90% of the people on earth. That’s great.
But sometimes that can get in your way. Because when you think about things too analytically, when you’re too skeptical, when you’re so focused on what’s true versus what’s effective… I have a thing, I say have effective beliefs, not true beliefs. I know that sounds a little crazy. But you have to really think about what serves you in life. And when you start to make that shift, you’re going to see a lot more success.
What I’m just trying to say to you is don’t barricade, don’t block yourself in, by making everything fit into your little analytical logical mind. Because I did that for a long time, and it didn’t work out for me. It wouldn’t allow me to get to the level that I’ve been able to get to now.
Now I’ve made millions of dollars, successful businesses, great relationships, a great life. I have been able to achieve a lot of things in life because I let go of that. I stopped requiring everything to fit into the logic that I developed in, and I stopped being so skeptical.
That’s all I got to say about that. If you haven’t already, check out, like I said, my book, Soft Skills, Software Developer’s Life Manual. You can get it on Amazon, and I’ll talk to you guys next time.
The Python programming language is one of the most popular programming languages among developers. It consistently ranks in the top 10 programming languages on the TIOBE index—a widely recognized ranking of programming language popularity—and has been No. 3 on multiple occasions in recent years.
Many Python developers admire this language for its simplicity and power, and it has useful applications in many different domains, as we will see later in the post.
Looking at its rise to popularity over the last two decades, we can find many good reasons. In this post I’ll share the five most important with you. If you’re not yet a Python programmer, this will highlight what you’re missing. But even if you are, you could still get some new ideas on how to use Python to create amazing things. Let’s get started!
Multiple Programming Paradigms
Python is a versatile language. It supports multiple paradigms, namely procedural programming, object-oriented programming, and functional programming. Each of these programming paradigms has several pros and cons. The great thing about Python is that a developer can choose the approach that is the most advantageous for a given project.
Python’s paradigm versatility is one of several features that set it apart from other programming languages.
For example, its dynamic type system allows Python developers to create complicated software systems. In addition, Python employs automatic memory management, which makes the programmer’s job much easier and quicker. Older programming languages require programmers to take extra time for memory allocation.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science
Python is the ideal language for both data science and artificial intelligence.
Though the R programming language has long been popular for analyzing and manipulating data, Python has a vast arsenal of indispensable libraries and tools for data science. The reason it has so many libraries and tools is simply because Python was designed to be easy to create tools for.
There is a huge community of developers who make and improve libraries for Python, and there is a huge demand for data science tools.
The popular SciPy library contains everything scientists need for statistical analysis. SciPy has been around since 2001 and is continually updated to keep up with the needs of modern data scientists.
In addition, Python has extremely powerful tools for machine learning, such as PyBrain. This tool is used extensively for both supervised and unsupervised learning, which are crucial techniques in modern artificial technology development.
Machine learning is of growing importance in many industries, including banking, marketing, and medicine. As a result, these industries will find Python to be an invaluable asset in the coming years.
Readable and Maintainable Code
One of Python’s biggest advantages over other languages is its readability. Its keywords are very intuitive compared to those in other programming languages. They resemble English, which makes them easier to understand, and Python has fewer of the pesky punctuation requirements that make other programming languages challenging.
In addition, due to Python’s powerful built-in functions, Python Developers can create programs that accomplish more with fewer lines. Python has a lot of built-in functions that are designed to shorten code. It is also simple to reuse code again and again. This conciseness means that the code is easier to maintain, edit, and read.
These have been important components of Python since it was created in the 1980s. Its design philosophy emphasizes simplicity, explicitness, and clarity.
Readability and maintainability in code translate to better efficiency. It takes less time and energy for developers to fix bugs and update code. Programmers spend even more time reading code than writing it, so it is essential for code to be as clean, clear, and concise as possible.
Simplify Complex Software Development
Python can be used to do a huge variety of tasks. It is equally suitable for desktop and web development. Comprehensive frameworks simplify the Python development process for both desktop applications and web applications.
Building apps with Python for desktop is simple. There are a variety of user-friendly frameworks for Python, like Tkinter to help developers create user interfaces for their apps. These frameworks have excellent, comprehensive documentation. That way, developers do not have to spend time hunting down solutions to problems they run into when creating their apps.
Building websites with Python is a simple and streamlined process as well. Python has several well-established web frameworks, like Flask, that developers use to quickly and efficiently set up complex web applications. Web development tasks done in Python are completed in a fraction of the time it takes to do the same tasks in PHP.
Because of its usefulness in web development, Python is used for many well-known, successful websites such as Reddit.
Adopt Test Driven Development
Python is ideal for test-driven development (TDD). TDD means being able to test the software before the software product is finished. In other words, Python allows developers to test the product as they are developing.
This helps the developers to know whether they are on the right track while they create a product, which saves time down the road. TDD also helps developers improve the design of a program along the way.
TDD is significant because some programming languages do not allow for easy testing before a product is finished. If they work with those languages, developers must wait quite a while before they can test their programs and discover issues that they must then go back and fix. TDD reduces software bugs by a lot and helps developers to be more confident in their programs.
Moreover, Python even allows automated testing, which makes the process easier and saves time.
Python: Popular for Good Reason
In conclusion, Python is an extremely useful programming language. It is one of the most popular programming languages used today, and there are good reasons for this, as we saw.
Among these are its versatility, its user-friendliness, and its usefulness in a variety of domains. Python’s popularity is likely to continue growing over the next few years. This will be particularly true in industries where machine learning is of growing importance, such as banking, marketing, and medicine.
In such industries, Python will be an invaluable asset—and so will be a Python programmer!
The sudden hit of the pandemic has changed the routine of people, specifically those going to office. From being switched from meeting your colleagues daily to being isolated for long durations, the impacts of remote working have been concerning for many.
While talking about software developers in particular, the Global workplace Analytics survey narrated that the trend of remote work has increased 103% since 2005. A 6.5 % hike in this trend was seen in 2014 alone. It was also expected that 50 % of the workforce will work remotely by 2020 which can be seen clearly on how true it is.
In the present times, some companies have been allowing their employees to work from home while some have called their employees to office. Challenges prevail for everyone but remote work has put up some new problems in limelight that need to be discussed in detail.
The same goes for the Software developers.
A software developer on remote work may face many challenges given to the lack of resources and other things as compared to that offered at the office. But, where there’s a will there’s a way. For all the challenges a software developer can face remotely, we have provided practical solutions for you to try and fight them like a pro.
So, let’s get started!
It is the most haunting thing that a software developer may fear while working remotely. An internet outage or a computer malfunction, or other things can be one of the biggest challenges that can interrupt their hard work.
Even with decent Wi-Fi at home, video conferencing and virtual meetings can be frustrating due to internet glitch.
Solution: Always have a backup ready to avoid getting mini heart attacks in between work. Always have two options for internet connection and a laptop for backup if your computer malfunctions. It can prove to be a lifesaver.
Reduced Human Interaction
Working in your own space may seem great at first, but with days of obsolete human interaction, one can feel isolated. One can experience it more if they are living alone or away from their family.
It also affects work and increases fatigue, thus reducing your efficiency and productiveness.
Solution: There are three ways you can fix the challenge of isolation: Change your work environment and take breaks, plus make sure you get interaction outside work hours.
Work in another location. A changed environment… You might work in a co-working space (if it’s safe to do so where you are) for the vibe of a second office, or just pick a different spot to work in.
Timely breaks. Take short breaks every… You might chat with a coworker over Slack or text a friend. It’s a good mood-booster…
or if can also try out various break methods like
90 Break Method
Work for 90 minutes and take a 20 min break and so on.
The above image depicts how you can distribute your work time frame with consecutive 90 minutes work and 20 minutes break. It has been known that a person can work productively for straight 90 minutes. Thus, this practice will help you get more work done with the right amount of break time to rest and refresh.
The 52-17 Method
Work for 52 minutes and take a break for 17 minutes.
This method helps to bring out the best in a person in terms of focus and productivity.
Virtual Meetings can create communication issues and can create misunderstanding at work. It not only affects the work but also the relationship with your colleagues at work.
An interrupted internet can be problematic if you miss out on an important point, the work deadline or other.
Solution: You should take the first step of contacting the people you want to clear things with. Share your phone number or a Google Voice number so that anyone can communicate easily with you.
In a video meeting, turn on your cameras and pay attention during the meetings. When you keep your camera turned off, your attention automatically reduces for a moment.
Distractions come in different ways. Working remotely has no one checking up on you to see if you are working or not so you tend to divert your attention to other things. You may overuse social media or take naps overtime in the middle of work.
No one is that perfect to remain unaffected by distractions, especially when they’re at home they are most comfortable. So, to keep your focus on work, try these solutions.
- Set up work schedules to avoid getting distracted while working as a software developer on a remote basis. Make your working environment clear of the gadgets that are of no use in your work.
- A change of work environment can also help you stay focussed on work. You can try the co-working spaces as your second office to work dedicatedly during the working hours. If you don’t have one, try to separate your working space at your home from your personal space. It will help you get a vibe of working at the office and be more productive.
With a myth that people who work remotely do less work, the pandemic has proved that people tend to work more remotely.
The CNBC survey has reported that 72% of technology executives’ team workloads had increased more.
With so much pressure of work, remote working software developers forget when they have to stop. The possibility of working overtime rises and eventually increases the stress.
It can also create a feeling of mental breakdown and burnout that would make you feel exhausted and tired all the time.
- Set Alarms
- To avoid working excessively, set reminders to take breaks and to get on and off from work. There are many apps such as Standapp that will even guide you to do some exercise in that break time to enhance your productivity in work.
- This way you will never lose all your time to work and can make time for yourself too.
- Separate space for work
- With a physical boundary between your working and personal space, you can save yourself from working overtime.Dedicate a separate room or corner in your house for your office work with your laptop, organisers and other things all organised on the table.
- Start by setting up a home office.
- It will help you become more productive while working as a software developer from your home.
Remote challenges don’t have to be challenging
These are some of the challenges faced by every software developer working remotely. With each challenge, practice the solutions to become more productive and make the most out of working in the new normal.
Remember to work dedicatedly through the working hours with short breaks in between. Eat healthy food as much as you can. Communicate well with your colleagues and make most out of the time you save while working from home.
Working as a software developer and that too remotely can be very challenging. One may see only the perks, but the number of challenges one faces may surpass the perks. So, beat the challenges and enjoy your work remotely!
The year 2020 witnessed a significant change in the software testing industry. The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations to move to digital. The buzzword “digital transformation” rapidly geared up in 2020 and accelerated digital transformation, leading everyone to shift everything over to either an app or software to interact with their users. Therefore, the amount of software that needs to be tested has increased.
Today, organizations realize why quality control is important. Quality control is not just about identifying bugs and failures; it is a deep technical methodology that involves product planning, behavioral forecasts, profit and vulnerability analysis, etc.
Many enterprises are shifting from manual testing to automated testing to lower their manual testing efforts and save their resources. But what is the future of the software testing industry? Will it grow in the way it has in recent decades, or will it have high inflation?
Well, to take the software testing game to a new level, check out these seven exciting software testing trends that I expect will be big in 2021.
1. Artificial Intelligence for Test Automation
The adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to rise in just about every innovative technology area due to the rising number of applications we use in the digital world.
Software development teams can integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) to refine their automation techniques and keep track of regular releases—monitoring and analysis.
For instance, the Quality Assurance (QA) team may use AI algorithms to define and allocate the scope of further test automation. AI and ML will transform the way we utilize test data to improve the recognition of bug algorithms. Numerous manual testing activities are likely to be picked up by automation to make the distribution of QA assets more productive.
AI tools can help QA teams build test suites from zero with no manual intervention, and they will help to upgrade current test suites, eliminating obsolete test cases.
Sophisticated innovative technologies in software testing and data analytics can also help QA teams develop and select appropriate keywords for the requirement traceability matrix.
AI tools will also help in expanding test coverage and in doing predictive analytics— forecasting core criteria and requirements for end-user behavior and exploring the application fields to work on.
2. Codeless Automation Testing
Test automation is rising with the rapid growth of the web development industry. Manual testing isn’t enough to satisfy existing requirements for software development. Leading tech enterprises are implementing a new trend in codeless test automation to improve their tests’ usability.
By leveraging codeless automation tools, testers can develop test case scenarios without having any coding experience and reduce the time spent in redundant test cases. Codeless automation tools will be one of the software testing approaches you need to aim for in 2021.
Since these test cases are developed with no code, they are clear and readable to people who don’t have any prior coding knowledge. Codeless test cases can be tested effortlessly by even nontechnical members of the project.
The test cases can be developed quickly, as they do not require any complex coding. Overall, automated testing enhances the entire automation process.
The codeless automation process is cost-effective. It doesn’t require you to learn to code, and the QA engineers don’t need to hire any coding professionals, thereby saving cost and resources.
3. Increasing Demand for IoT Testing
The Internet of Things (IoT) is on the rise with new technological advancements. IoT testing utilizes sophisticated technologies as the software is integrated into IoT tools. It is important to ensure IoT devices are protected by evaluating risk, testing for hardware issues, and testing data integrity and access management.
A successful IoT testing approach will contribute to the smooth and efficient functioning of products. Only a few organizations are adopting the Internet of Things testing strategies. However, this development is expected to rise in the coming years.
4. Incorporation of Agile and DevOps
The concepts of DevOps and Agile have evolved as the most favored by a number of organizations. These methodologies are perfectly built to promote rapid deployment and good coordination between developers and QA engineers.
Agile is a continuous process of development and testing, while DevOps is a set of practices for optimizing and automating the overall software development life cycle (SDLC).
Agile and DevOps promote high-quality products at an incredible pace, boost go-to-market delivery, increase productivity and performance, find bugs at the initial stages of the SDLC, and contribute to the development of quality products.
Software development processes have evolved over time, and the task of QA or software tester is not confined to testing only. Testers are engaged in every aspect of the development of software.
QAOps is a technique that puts together engineers, testers, and functional teams. QAOps plays an integral role in ensuring that products are of higher quality when quicker delivery is required.
DevOps is integrated with continuous testing to ensure that software enhancements are quickly passed to the CI/CD pipeline’s development process.
6. Robotic Process Automation
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) tools have a considerable role in quality control and software testing domains, as companies can create a robust testing infrastructure.
RPA-based tools have become popular, spanning various aspects in the QA and software testing fields.
RPA greatly reduces the time-lapse of software testing and cuts down costs instantly. As a result, companies can consider conducting more detailed test ecosystems to allow organizations to reach and sustain high stability. RPA is inevitably going to be something you need to follow in 2021.
7. Mobile First Testing
The expansion of tablets and smartphones has contributed to comprehensive mobile web testing. When the sophistication of mobile technology grows, so do the requirements of users with respect to their experience. This makes it more important than ever to optimize a mobile website. You need to keep testing the website regularly across various operating system mobile devices.
Cross browser testing platforms such as LambdaTest offer manual and automated testing over a range of devices, browsers, and browser versions.
For manual testing, whether it is Android or iPhone, you can test your website over 2000+ real browser and browser versions.
For mobile automation testing, you can leverage LambdaTest Appium Web Automation Grid and generate the desired capabilities from LambdaTest Desired Capabilities Generator.
You can also leverage a dev-friendly tool called LT Browser, offered by LambdaTest, that will help you test the responsiveness of your websites and web applications across 45+ pre-installed devices. Whether you want to test an iPhone, iPad, Samsung, or MacBook, you will get all the resolutions in the LT Browser.
The 2021 Software Testing Trends You Need To Know
Knowing the recent trends in software testing is highly important for both businesses and enterprises.
Whether you are a testing company or a QA specialist, you need to keep up with these new developments in software testing to stay ahead in the long run.
Today we’re finally going to talk about the top programming languages for 2021.
I’m going to base this on a lot of the data that I’ve seen from people that I’m working with, what I’ve seen happening in the industry, and some of them my own personal biases here.
Transcript Of The Video
John Sonmez: Today, we’re finally going to talk about the top programming languages for 2021. So, this is my opinion on what languages are the best ones for you to learn or for you to start, if you’re starting your programming career for this year.
Let’s get into it, and we’re going to talk about the top 10 programming languages for 2021. So, the first one that I’m going to say is, it’s sort of at the bottom of this list, I guess you could say, which is Rust, okay? Now, the reason why I’m going to say Rust here is because Rust has been voted as one of the most loved languages, okay, and there’s a lot of opportunity I see here. I think there’s a lot of opportunity, because it’s not gotten so big yet, but it is a very useful language, okay, it’s really good for systems programming without having to learn the hardcore C and C++ that so many programmers have had to learn in the past in order to do that kind of system programming. If you’ve ever done that before, it’s also being used for web development now, and it’s just a really nice language that sort of has some of the good stuff from C++ and C, and a lot of the bad stuff is taken out of the language, so it’s a really good place to be.
And, there’s some good opportunities there that I’m seeing, not as many jobs there, but if you specialize in Rust, there’s not as many people doing it, it has a really vibrant community, and people love it, so it’s a good language, okay?
Another language I’m going to put here that is similar, next up is going to be the programming language Go. Go is also similar, in the sense that it has a very, very vibrant community. A lot of developers really love Go. It’s a really elegant language. I actually taught a course on Go, one of the first courses that existed when I was doing online courses. And, that was an extremely popular course, because it is a very popular language. When I used Go, I really enjoyed it. I felt like the language designers of Go, what they did was they really took a lot of the best parts of a lot of different programming languages and they made it into a really succinct, almost elegant, language that’s a lot of fun to program in.
So, these two, Rust and Go, they’re sort of… I’m approaching this from the angle of it’s more fun, right? But, Go definitely has grown dramatically. There’s a lot of opportunities. Companies like Stack Overflow, Uber, Google, they’re obviously using Go, and so there’s a lot of opportunities there. Still, not as many people know it, so because of that, it is a great opportunity for you.
All right? So, the next one I’m going to put here is actually C#. Okay, now C# has probably fallen on my list. I don’t know how high had it before. C# is still a remarkable language, it’s a great language, but it hasn’t done a lot in the last year or so, or last couple years, I would say. It still is probably the most platform-wide language. So, if you want to program on any platform, you can use C# to do it now, and that’s pretty fantastic, right? I mean, you can program in Mac, you can program on Android, on iOS, on Windows, obviously, Web, anything with C# now, because of the .net being cross-platform at this point, that runtime.
C# is one of my favorite languages of all time, because I feel like it’s such an elegant language and it has its roots in the C, C++, Java, but I will say this, is that it is not as succinct as some other languages, right, there’s a lot of verbosity to it compared to some of the newer, more succinct languages like Go and Rust, but it is used all across the board. Now, if you want to get into corporate development, right, a lot of companies still they’re Microsoft shops, right? Enterprise development, a lot of it is done in Microsoft, knowing C# is going to be able to get you those jobs.
And, like I said, it’s one of the more fun languages I think to program in. There’s a lot of information about it, especially because Microsoft is putting it out. So, you have no problem learning that language. And, if you want to get a job, having C# on your resume and understand C# is certainly going to make it easy for you to do that. All right?
The next one I’m going to say here is actually Java. And I put Java still a little bit higher than C# in this case, and the reason why is because Java is still more ubiquitous, there’s still more Java out there. Java and C# are almost the same thing at this point, really.
But, there’s still a lot more companies using Java, especially when you look at the world, instead of just the United States. And, Java is going to be, again, very cross-platform, it’s an easy to use language, it’s become a lot more like C#, they’ve kind of traded features back and forth. And so, they’re very close to the same thing, but Java is always going to be a very popular, all-around language. I don’t think that’s ever going to change. And, the reason why I put on this list, even though it’s not so interesting and C# is not so interesting anymore compared to some of these other languages, is mostly because of just how many corporate jobs you could get in one of these languages, right? It’s not cutting-edge. It’s not something that a programming language that you would necessarily want to learn if you want to work on cutting-edge type of technologies and things like that.
So, number one, I’m going to give you here is Python. Now, this is weird, because I never thought that Python would be the number one programming language I’d recommend, but I’m going to give you a couple of reasons for it. Okay, one, it is very elegant, okay, it’s a very cleanly-designed language. I like the use of white space for the formatting. So, the formatting is always going to be pretty much uniform in Python. So, it’s really easy to look at some Python code and understand what it does. To me, it’s kind of artistic in that way. So, I liked that.
The other thing about Python is, it seems to be the biggest growing language, right, as far as, every year, I see more and more Python information out there, more and more people joining Python as their primary language. And, I see more and more tutorials and videos, and all that stuff. And so, more and more people are adopting Python, more companies are adopting Python. And, there’s just a lot of information, right? If you’re starting out, especially, and you want to learn a programming language, chances are that people will be teaching it in Python, because that is really become sort of the beginner language for most of the internet these days. That’s just how it’s kind of worked out. Java used to be that, actually, at some point, it’s kind of interesting. You used to go to school and you’d learn Java, and Python has certainly taken that place.
Also, the other really awesome thing about Python is that it’s used in AI and machine learning so much, and Computer Vision, all that kind of stuff, which is really where we’re going in the future, right? So, if you learn Python now and you started becoming a Python developer, it’s going to help you to move into that, because eventually, you’re going to have to move into that, for the most part. I mean, obviously, there will always be utility programming jobs and pieces here, but I see more and more of a base skill being understanding of machine learning, right? It’s kind of interesting that things have moved that direction. Whereas, at one point in history, we would have said, “Oh, object oriented programming, that’s a base skill.” Right? And, that was for some time, but now really… And then, after that, I would say integrating frameworks and learning frameworks, and being able to enter out between them, that is a skill.
And now, the biggest skill is really going to probably be machine learning, artificial intelligence, right, that type of thing. So, Python, I think, is the best for you to learn. Number one for 2021. What do you think? What did I leave off the list that you think should have been on the list? And, what is your number one language? Click the subscribe button to subscribe to the channel, if you haven’t already, and give me a thumbs up if you liked this video…