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Re: [ljc] IT professionals need business skills

From: Laura P.
Sent on: Monday, October 8, 2012 2:11 PM
I think it cuts both ways - devs need to have a degree of understanding about their domain, but at the same time the business needs to have an understanding of tech. I've been a developer in various industries (mostly media/publishing related) for over 13 years and have worked with people in the business who are everything from tech-savvy to completely clueless. Of course I'm not saying that every businessperson should be an expert coder, but it'd be nice not to be told how to do my job, or how much time I should be taking to do something, by someone who hasn't the first clue beyond buying a book on Amazon. That's kinda insulting. 

I actually find standups to be massively helpful in this regard. If you have a mix of devs & product owners (etc) in your standup, it gives the business people more of an idea of *just what is involved* in that "tiny change" (sic) they're requesting. Similarly, if I get the opportunity to work with & talk to web producers / journalists (etc; obviously this is relevant to my industry) on a regular basis, I can see what their job is like and how I can help improve it. 


On 8 October[masked]:31, Trisha <[address removed]> wrote:
"IT workers need to think more broadly about how IT can work for their businesses"

We talk a lot on this list about technologies - what technology stack do I need to learn in order to get into finance, is hibernate still a relevant technology, etc. etc.

What we don't talk about enough (in my opinion) is how important it is to understand the domain of the business you're developing for.  Yes, this is something that can be learnt on the job, but I believe it's going to be harder to care about delivering something good if you don't care about the business you're delivering for.

I think the emphasis placed on coders learning the business changes a lot from company to company.  I'm curious - how important is it in your place to understand the business?


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