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The Renaissance Developer: Skills Guidance for Modern Application Programmers

Published: 31 March 2016

ID: G00300861

Analyst(s): Danny Brian


Application developers! You are the craftspeople of the digital business era. With "zero fear" of new technologies, you can become trusted consultants and valuable contributors. To build great software, you must step out of your functional silos and evolve your skills.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

  • What Makes a Great Application Developer?

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

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

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Organizations Don't Respect Developer Choices
  • Change Causes Organizational Disruption
  • 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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