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What is DevEx and why it matters?

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Every software development project is complex and difficult – when undertaking it, there are so many important things to consider. One of them is DevEx, also known as developer experience. What is it and why it matters? Let’s find out.

What is DevEx?

DevEx (developer experience or DX) refers to the overall quality of the experience that developers get when using technical products: a software development platform, framework, or toolset. It encompasses all aspects of the developer’s interaction with this product, from its setup and installation to the quality of documentation, ease of use, and its effectiveness. 

In simpler words, DevEx can be described as a developer’s UX. 

What is DevEx important? 

DevEx is of paramount importance in all software development projects as it has a significant impact on developers’ productivity, satisfaction, and retention, which in the long term means better products and more satisfied customers. Developers who have a positive DevEx are more likely to be productive, efficient and always engaged in what they do, while those with poor DX may become frustrated, disengaged – and less productive – explain Beata Oleszczuk, People Business Manager in New Digital Street.

DevEx’s benefits

Introducing DevEx or focusing on improving it has several benefits for software development teams and organizations. Some of the most important ones include: 

  • Increased productivity: When developers have access to a well-designed and efficient toolset, they can complete tasks more quickly and efficiently. This can help increase productivity and reduce the time and cost required to complete software development projects.
  • Better code quality: A good developer experience can help reduce the number of errors and bugs in code, leading to better-quality software. Developers are more likely to write high-quality code when they have access to effective testing and debugging tools and can easily collaborate with their peers.
  • Faster time to market: By reducing the time required to complete development tasks and improving code quality, a good developer experience can help accelerate the time to market software products and services.
  • Better employee retention: Developers who have a positive experience using a certain toolset are more likely to stay engaged, satisfied, and productive. This can help reduce employee turnover and retain top talent in the organization.
  • Competitive advantage: In today’s fast-paced software development environment, organizations that can deliver high-quality software quickly and efficiently gain a competitive advantage. By investing in DevEx and creating a positive developer experience, organizations are more likely to attract more customers.

How to improve DevEx?

To keep up with the ever-growing competition and constantly deliver the best products for their clients, companies must focus on introducing DevEx culture to their organizations. To do so, they should focus on several key areas related to the technical products they use, including:

1.     Onboarding and setup

Developers should be able to quickly and easily set up and configure the development environment they are working on, including installing the necessary tools, dependencies, and libraries.

2.     Documentation

Developers should have access to clear, concise, and up-to-date documentation that explains how to use the platform, framework, or toolset, together with some clear examples.

3.     User interface

The platform used by developers should have an intuitive and user-friendly user interface, making it easier to navigate and use it.

4.     Performance

The toolset used by developers should be fast and responsive, providing quick feedback and reducing the time required to complete tasks.

5.     Error handling

The platform should provide clear and effective error messages that help developers quickly identify and fix problems.

6.     Testing and debugging

The toolset should have robust testing and debugging capabilities that make it easy for developers to test and debug their code. 

7.     Community support and collaboration

The platform or framework should provide collaboration tools, such as version control and chat, and a supportive community of users who can help answer questions, provide guidance, and offer feedback.

8.     Continuous improvement

Work needs to be put into continuous monitoring and improving DevEx through user feedback and testing.

By focusing on these areas, companies can improve the quality of the developers’ experience and create a more productive, efficient, and engaging working environment. 

Conclusion

Investing in DevEx can help increase productivity, improve code quality, accelerate time to market, retain top talent, and gain a competitive advantage. All those benefits can have a significant impact on the success of software development projects and the overall performance of the organization.

What’s more, good developer experience with your software means the products you are working on are functional, easy to use, and well-designed – all aspects you need if you want them to become a success. A mature DevEx culture also means your team feels the power to always improve what they are working on, striving for the best results for the whole company and providing you with more value. To sum up, DevEx is there for your benefit –  grab it now and reap the fruits of your labour soon! 



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