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The Renaissance Developer: Skills Guidance for Modern Application Programmers

Published: 29 August 2014

ID: G00264710

Analyst(s): Danny Brian


Application developers are the craftspeople of the digital business era. They are ready for the opportunities and challenges of the nexus of social, cloud, information and mobile forces. Entrenched contributors operating in functional role silos must evolve their skills to build great software.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Technical Skills: "The Coder"
    • Shift From Specialization to Cross-Functionality
    • Learn New Languages, Frameworks and Patterns
    • Espouse Iterative or Agile Development Methodologies
  • Interpersonal Skills
    • Improve Communication and Collaboration
    • Persuade and Influence for Organizational Progress
    • Champion the Cause for Renaissance Skills
  • Business Skills
    • Learn to Recognize Business Value
    • Actively Interact With Business Unit Peers
    • Develop UX Skills

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Organizations Don't Respect Developer Choices
  • Organizational Disruption
  • Business Units Work Around IT
  • Organizations See Only Tools as the Means to Solve Problems
  • Lack of Budget Doesn't Allow for Training
  • Developers Refuse to Evolve


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