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Like Athletes, Software Developers Need Skills to Thrive

IoT. DevOps. Agile. AI. The brave new world of technology has brought us a plethora of new innovations that has transformed the way we work and our view of what is possible. It has also completely reshaped the landscape of software development, including our approach to development and the critical resources that help shepherd products from idea to release. The professionals who drive this process are discovering that development teams are required to have even more agility, transparency, and nimbleness in order to deliver new solutions to their customers and clients.

Where software development previously relied on siloed roles with discrete skills to effectively develop new products, methodologies such as Agile and DevOps rely on the experience and skills of the entire team throughout the process. By continuously learning new skills and increasing their knowledge base, professionals within the industry are able to meet the needs of their organizations’ embrace of emerging technologies and methodologies to speed time to market and enhance performance.

Nowhere is that more critical in the development process than in QA. With the advent of automation technologies in the industry, the need to gain valuable new skills is even more important. With technologies such as continuous testing, issues can be identified and resolved at any point in the process, underlying the need for team members to each hold competency in various areas. Many QA professionals are now versed in programming language and scripting so they can better communicate with their developer counterparts, creating a seamless line of communication within the entire team and a cohesive flow. As such, roles such as quality engineering have become integral roles that combine a variety of overlapping skills and serve as a conduit between testers and developers.

Many developers have recognized that changes such as running regression tests in every build and testing more frequently has helped speed the development process and resulted in less bottlenecks. To that end, solution providers, like us with Cycle, have recognized the need to provide test automation solutions that facilitate easier communication between groups in the software development process and allow users (both technical and non-technical) to operate from the same platform seamlessly. Sharpening one’s skills and embracing new technologies are key to constantly striving to improve and enhance the software development process.

This post was written by:

Josh Owen
VP of Product Development

With more than a decade of software engineering and deployment experience, Josh leads Cycle’s Product Development team, determining strategic vision and priorities for Cycle’s software offerings. In this role, he oversees Cycle’s roadmap, team development, product vision, user experience, and product culture.

Additionally, in 2009, Josh co-founded Tryon Solutions to meet the growing demand for customized, client-centered supply chain consulting. Josh brings more than a decade of experience successfully deploying enterprise-level supply chain software which was the catalyst for developing Cycle.