Front-end developers are getting the short end of the stick: they're either considered not technical enough to be a developer or too technical to be considered a designer/engineer. This conflict resonates further into the organization and stakeholders aren't in agreement on where front-end developers should sit---with the BT organization or within the business. Both sides make compelling arguments as to why front-end devs should sit within their respective parts of the organization. Our recent developer survey tells us that 47% of developers sit within a single centralized BT organization.
The main reasons BT organization argues three reasons front-end developers should sit within BT:
- To make sure that development standards are consistent.
- It ensures that they work in sync with the back-end team.
- Front-end devs work with code and BT should have ownership of anything related to code.
On the other hand, marketing argues that front-end developers (also referred to as designers/web developers) are better suited for marketing since:
- Front-end devs can create rapid prototypes for customers to see their ideas conceptualized, but it’s not intended to be production-ready at all.
- BT organization moves too slowly and is unable to deliver the changes needed to enhance the customer journey at the speed it requires.