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26. Novice Professionals: Recent Graduat... > Misconceptions That Hinder Learning

Misconceptions That Hinder Learning

Many times during our observations, we noticed some misconceptions among novices that affected their actions and interactions with their colleagues:

I must do everything myself so that I look good to my manager.

This misconception is particularly dangerous, especially in large, complex development environments. We saw it mostly in new hires from outside the U.S. The perceived need to “perform” and not “reveal deficiencies” makes for much wasted time. It also seems to contribute to poor communication and a longer acclimatization. Communication suffered both by waiting too long to seek help and by trying to cover up issues that the novice perhaps felt he “should know.” Additionally, novice developers were occasionally seen to continue to work on issues deemed (by teammates) either not worth solving or someone else’s problem. Though our ....


  

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