By Markus Sprunck; Revision: 1.0; Status: final; Last Content Change: Jun 7, 2013;
This article describes how to pretend working hard as a software engineer. You may have two completely different motivations to pretend to work hard:
First, you are just a lazy bastard – trying to get money for nothing. If you are in this category, you are out of respect for your co-workers. Please, stop reading now. All this is not for your ears!
Quite often they are of the opinion that you should spend all your office time with hard work. We are humans and we need room to follow own ideas, lean something new, recreate or just getting better developers.
If you are in this second category, you may read the following tips to prevent you from too much work.
The better this subjective judgment is the more freedom you may get in the following months or years. Working hard in the beginning, showing excellent technical and analytic skills is definitely a good investment. The best is to save sometimes the asses of your boss and some peers.
This would be counter productive in respect to your goal: "You like to have more free time to do the important things." Also your peers will not be amused to be seen as stupid and slow idiots. So, don't be too fast, but try to be reliable and always on time.
Don't forget that: "Every hour spend with errors is a wasted hour!" In cases you get slower and slower in the implementation of new functionality, you will get more pressure. Good design and some basic documentation may also save you time. Automate the routine jobs and write test automation.
processes will just work in easy cases.
When it gets tough, you need people which are willing to help you. If the others don't like to work with you, they will not help you. So, it is also important to regularly let others look good.
The most important rule is: "Work hard, be clever and fast if you work - then allow yourself to do what you like to do in the remaining time."
Never forget, the more you know the better you can solve problems and/or create value. We are brain workers. Invest in your personal capabilities and the company will have a good and decent benefit.