March 19th is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Joseph, who was a carpenter, was a developer. Developers are naturally thoughtful and patient. They know that tomorrow will always be better than today. For them, everyone is on a path to getting better at something. Developers are relationship builders. They meet people where they are at, invest in them, and then help them to grow. The best developers are able to see and celebrate small improvement rather than waiting for big changes or end results.
Saint Joseph said yes in a way that few men of his time would. Through faith and love, he remained with Mary and raised God’s Son. His devotion as a developer and his recognition of better things to come resulted in our salvation.
Developers are devoted to each learner and their colleagues. They seek improvement and are talented at knowing how to support incremental growth. They encourage others easily and will thrive when they feel encouraged too. Developers do not give up easily. As a result, they might need assistance in learning when it is appropriate to give up and move on. This is not easy for them because they yearn for everyone and every project to be successful.
When forming teams, look for developers. They see potential, they focus on growth and a better future, and they celebrate victories.