In the tech world, mistakes often correspond with an economic cost. However, mistakes that aren’t shared can be just as costly because other team members may repeat them, and they take more time to correct.
A continuous learning culture allows teams to learn from each other’s mistakes. It’s an easy practice that turns negatives into positives. But communicating and admitting mistakes can be intimidating, especially for junior developers.
Dan advises that senior developers lead the charge when it comes to sharing blunders. He says, “If your top people, if your most skilled people, aren’t afraid to admit their mistakes, nobody is going to be afraid, because they know that that’s not what they’re being measured on.”
Additionally, senior developers can help create stronger developers by giving them time to fix their mistakes. It can be a healthy challenge! A culture of admitting mistakes will also help senior team members know when to mobilize additional resources to correct issues before it’s too late. This results in better communication efforts—everyone is in sync to solve problems and succeed together.