The non-technical knowledge and skills required to be a good programmer

Whenever you think of a software developer, an image of someone who has sound experience of coding comes to mind. An Android App developer is thought of as someone who has exceptional knowledge of Java programming language. Although programming skills are the prerequisite for an app developer but there are some nontechnical skills which are crucial to the success of an app development project. If you wish to hire Android apps programmer for your mobile app, you must seek these nontechnical skills in your developers.

Agile Methodology

Agile methodology is a project management technique which involves self-organizing and crosses-functional teams. It’s a software development life-cycle model which is a combination of iterative and incremental process centered on customer satisfaction. Agile development requires continuous interaction and feedback from the customer. An Android developer must have experience of working in an agile development environment to be able effectively to cater to the requirements of the client.


A good Android developer must have good verbal and written communication skills. It’s important for an Android developer to communicate the understanding, challenges and approach related to the project internally as well as with the client. It becomes all the more important for the app developer to prepare technical documentation for nontechnical co-workers and clients.


An Android app developer must be a team player to synergize working in a collaborative environment. A developer will have to cooperate and coordinate with other developers as well as designers. Being a team player aids the swift and effective development of the project. A team player will help and motivate other team members to perform at the benchmark levels.

Business Knowledge

An App developer must have sound knowledge of the business environment of the industry for which the app is developed. If an app is being developed for the hospitality industry and the app developer is unaware of the fact that the industry demands premium customer experience, he would not be able to cater to the needs of mobile app users. Having updated information of the business aspects of a mobile app will help an app developer to consult the customer on which features to include in the app for a sustainable revenue stream.


Passion towards work motivates the app developer to go extra mile for customer satisfaction. A passionate individual would take ownership of the work and perform at exceeding expectations level. Passion is the key differentiator between just another app developer and an exception app developer.

Also read: 10 must have Tech skills to hire Android Google Application Programmers

Originally published at on November 15, 2016.

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