Cultivate software developer heroes

During 2020, many organizations were forced to implement their five-year digital transformation plans in a matter of months.

Nearly all (95%) of the 450 senior IT decision makers in the US, UK, France and Germany surveyed in a Couchbase study described software developers as “heroes.” Almost two-thirds (63%) said that the flexibility to change their goals when needed has been helpful or even indispensable in reaching their digital transformation goals.

The survey found that software development teams grew an average of 20%, from 51 to 61 members.

But nearly half (49%) reported that developers were being asked to do too much in too little time, a situation that could easily end in stress, fatigue, and burnout.

According to Couchbase, most organizations cannot get the best out of their developers. The survey reported that 86% of respondents experienced challenges with their development teams, while 40% said they have difficulty setting clear and measurable goals for the development team. Another 40% admit that they find it difficult to ensure that teams always have the right technology.

Couchbase believes that part of the problem is poor communications. Almost one-third (31%) of IT decision makers surveyed admit that they are struggling to ensure that development teams clearly understand the organization’s strategic goals and objectives. Some said that even solving problems is a struggle in itself, with 31% reporting that they had a hard time identifying and solving the challenges they face.

The company urged senior IT leaders to ensure their software development teams have no problem trying to create innovative services with legacy technology that are not suited to the task, nor should they be expected to immediately adapt to new technology that requires a whole new skill set.

Commenting on the findings, Steve Yen, co-founder of Couchbase, said: “Even in the current crisis, organizations are investing in developers; in fact, our survey revealed that development teams have grown by 20% on average in 2020.

“To get the most out of this important investment, you need to invest not only in people, but also in the technology, management and communication that will help people succeed.

“Ultimately, if companies can help their developers be more agile and flexible, it will be easier for them to ensure they are focused in the right direction. In an increasingly challenging world, developers have a vital role to play. Investing in them in the right way will help them play to win.

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