Being able to confidently offer simple solutions that solve a problem is a hallmark of experience. Before even committing your fingers to a keyboard, experience will (hopefully) allow you to:
- Question requirements. Is something truly necessary?
- Get to the root business goal. People don’t just blindly ask for stuff without a reason – but getting to that real reason can take some digging.
- Redefine success. Get others to see that simplicity and reliability trumps whiz-bang.
Maturity as a developer can mean that you generally are better informed about a problem’s context, and can possibly help clarify or redefine that context.
A conversation can save you days of development time, especially when redefining the problem allows you to offer a much simpler solution.