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Podcast Ep. 2: What is a Full-Cycle Developer?

What is a full cycle developer?

Episode Description:

In today’s episode of Agile Coaches’ Corner, host Dan Neumann joins Eric Landes —a colleague of Dan’s and a Scrum.org certified professional Scrum trainer—to talk all about full-cycle development.

Landes, who comes from a DevOps background, originally started out as a developer. Currently, he serves as a Senior DevOps Consultant, ALM Director, and Solutions Architect. In his roles, he helps clients deliver value to customers in their software delivery pipeline, and has extensive experience in leading organizations in adopting agile and lean frameworks, like Scrum and Kanban.

In this episode, Eric explains what a full cycle developer is, what a full cycle development team looks like, who this model is designed for, how to take steps towards this model and improve your team, and where to get started. He also gives a ton of recommendations, valuable resources, and actionable tips and tricks you can begin using today.


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Key Takeaways:

  • What is a full-cycle developer? 
    • Your development team has all the skills needed to build, deploy, etc.
    • Responsible for the full software lifecycle
    • Your team owns it from beginning to end
  • What to keep in mind when transitioning to agile or full-cycle development:
    • The journey takes a long time and the company needs to support the workers through structure and community
    • A good leader is crucial
  • Who does full-cycle development work for?
    • It depends on the context — experiment to find out what works for your team
    • Not everybody; different models for different organizations
    • Identifying the problem you’re trying to solve can indicate which model you should use
  • Steps to take towards improving your DevOps team:
    • Measure to help drive improvement
    • Monitor things in production so you can give feedback to the team on what’s working and what’s not
    • Implement hypothesis-driven development
  • Where to get started on your full-cycle development journey:
    • Start with Agile and XP principles if you haven’t already
    • Check out the Netflix Tech Blog
    • Understand the principles and practices of DevOps
    • Be sure to experiment, experiment, experiment


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