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.