16 Common Missteps from the Expert Panel®
Forbes Technology Council
These days, a career in technology seems full of excitement and boundless opportunity—and in many cases, it is. Still, even in an in-demand industry like tech, it’s possible for a professional to make the wrong moves or bad decisions that hurt their career. If that happens, you may end up stuck in an unfulfilling, underpaid or dead-end role.
While there are some unique mistakes that can damage a promising tech career, many of the poor decisions tech leaders see among their colleagues are common to professionals across industries. Either way, these errors are usually avoidable. Here, 16 members of Forbes Technology Council share common missteps that can limit upward momentum in a tech career, and what ambitious tech professionals should do instead.
10. Overpromising And Underdelivering
One sure misfire is to overpromise and underdeliver. Tech rollouts have timelines. If you know a new feature will take longer to build than promised and you don’t speak up and make that clear to your CTO or direct team lead, it can have a serious impact on your career when you can’t deliver. This is particularly true in startupland, where tech teams who deliver late can kill runway and credibility.
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