Context of the Developer Role
The Developer role is responsible for working with other members of the Team to build potentially releasable features in every iteration.
The Developer role collaborates with technical roles and business roles on the team. Technical roles include (for example) Testers, UX Designers, and Database Developers. Team business role(s) include Product Owner (the ideal), or alternatively Business Lead, Business Subject-Matter Experts or Business Analysts. The Developer may also on occasion work with higher-level technical roles such as Program Architect or System Architect, as needed to ensure the team-level products are compatible with the overall system. More…
Begin by reviewing the resources in the Context of the Developer Role box to understand how the Developer role fits in the context of Lean-Agile. Then work through the Reading Path (guided readings) and library pages that pertain to the Developer role.
The Core Developer Skills Reading Path. An exploration of the essential skills required to be a competent developer including code qualities, essential principles and practices, wisdom, patterns, and disciplines.
The Scrum Reading Path introduces essential concepts for Scrum in a Lean-Agile environment. Scrum is a conceptual framework for undertaking software engineering projects that embraces and promotes evolutionary change throughout the entire life-cycle of the project.
The Decomposing Requirements Reading Path describes the Lean-Agile process of understanding requirements “just in time,” adding “just enough” detail to keep the work progressing but never more than what we need at the time. Developers are involved in decomposing requirements, especially when requirements arrive at the team level: features/stories/tasks. Pay attention to the Activities section, especially Decomposing Features into Stories and Writing Tasks.
Here are additional resources to explore related to the Developer role.
The Disciplines and Practices page describes competencies at the team level to be mastered. Developers should pay special attention the resources in this area: Architecture, ATDD, estimation, iterative development, and understanding requirements.
The Resource Libraries for the Developer page lists the complete set of resources in the Lean-Agile Portal related to the Developer role.
The Lean-Agile Straight Talk podcast features interviews of experts in Lean-Agile. Subscribe to the podcast to receive updates. Here are sessions that apply to the Developer role:
Net Objectives routinely hosts webinar series to explore important topics in Lean-Agile. Here are sessions that apply to the Tester role:
The Technical Resources page offers a set of resources to equip you in learning essential technical practices of Lean-Agile at the team level.
The Developer Role in a Transformation
The transformation to Lean-Agile involves everyone. While the transformation is guided by leadership, everyone on the team routinely must make decisions about how to realize Lean-Agile in their own context. Lean-Agile Thinking guides these decisions so that everyone in the value stream is aligned.