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Become a Senior Developer

A concise guide to succeeding as a Senior Software Developer

About the Book

Written by an Engineering lead who hires and trains Senior Developers, this concise guide walks you through what success looks like for the role of Senior Developer, and how you can upskill to get there!


While technical excellence is a must to become a Senior Developer, there are several other aspects of the role, such as **Leadership**, **Communication** and **Task Management** that often are overlooked. An inability to demonstrate these skills in your work and profile can mean either:

  • not getting promoted to Senior Level, or
  • not excelling in the role, if you do manage to obtain it

We'll explore these essential skills and the mindset required to succeed in this role. Through a series of short modules, we'll jump into these topics and also cover other essential pieces of the role; such as navigating conflict, communication with non-technical stakeholders, and how to stay current with new technology.

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Philip Gannon
Philip Gannon

Philip Gannon has been working as a Software Engineer since 2010, with his experience primarily based in Marketing Automation SaaS Platforms. 

He is accomplished in Cross-functional Team Management, Hiring, Leadership and Mentoring for Developers of all levels, as well as Full-stack Development, Technical R&D and System Design.

He runs the SpeakingSoftware podcast and blog, where he educates about SoftSkills for Developers. His first book, "Your Dream Developer Job" is a 5-Star guide for how Software Engineers can position themselves as the ideal candidate for the roles that they apply for.

With his background being the perfect blend of Technical, SoftSkills and Business Knowledge; he looks forward to helping you upskill and advance in your career!

Table of Contents

    • 1:About the Guide and Author
    • 2:Responsibilities of a Senior Developer
    • 3:Characteristics of a Successful Senior Developer
    • 4:Task Delivery
    • 5:Leading Small Teams
    • 6:Communication
    • 7:Staying Current with Technology
    • 8:Outro / Wrapping Up

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