The Roles of A Successful Web Development Team

James Little

October 5, 2023


In a successful development team.

There are a lot of different complementing roles.

When I started off in the industry, I was guilty of biting off more than I could chew.

Now that I look back, it’s crazy to think I thought could handle the role of an entire IT department!

To build a successful development team, these are the key people you need:

Developer: Writing code for the front-end and back-end of the application, or both.

Quality Assurance: Creates automated or manual testing systems to ensure everything is looking and functioning as expected.

SysAdmin: Managing servers, scalability and security.

Project Manager: Keep the development roadmap on track and all stakeholders up to date (e.g. clients, clients of clients, development team, etc)

UI/UX Designer: Ensuring the visuals and natural, compelling and intuitive.

DevOps: Managing version controlling of the software, automated testing, deployment and integration.

Depending on the scale of the project, there are also roles necessary for effective software development such as graphic designers, business analysts, tech lead/solution architect,

If you want the next project you work on to be a success, make sure you have all the roles listed above.

Video Transcript:

Hey guys, James Little here in this video, I’m gonna be talking about the various roles of a development team. So when you’re getting started, it can be sufficient just to have one developer in place. So when you grow though, there’s gonna be an issue where there’s only so many things. One person can do. They’ll start to spin a lot of different plates, like the networking, the security, the testing, but in reality, the roles there require separate people there. Once you hit a certain threshold. So this video’s just gonna be going through a few of those roles that I believe are necessary from our experience, and I’ll just jump straight in. So first thing is having a QA in place. So QA is responsible for the testing. Next would be making sure there’s a CIS admin in place. That’s really for the scalability, the networking and the security, having a DevOps person in place as well, that is responsible for making sure that code is properly deployed.

That new changes aren’t gonna break existing functionality on the website. From there having a project manager, once you start to grow that team, you’re gonna either be requiring to manage that full team yourself, or have a project manager that is responsible for communicating with all the dev team and understanding the roadmap to make sure everyone’s working on right priorities at the right time. And from there, it’s just gonna be scaling out and adding additional developer resources as necessary. So it can be things like front end, backend, or full stack developers, and then more relating to say the design side of things. When your are your project starts to hit that point, then you bring on UI UX designers and also graphic designers to make sure that new features and functionality look on brand and as expected. So one of the benefits of working with an agency is that they generally have all of those roles in place. So you don’t have to hire each of those individually, go through that vetting process and trying to understand whether they know what they’re talking about without just doing a test hire and hoping for the best. So, anyway, I’d love to hear from you in the comments, if you’ve had any experience with hiring these roles, as your app started to scale, and thank you for watching.

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