Releasing the Product for Developers

In Agile software development, the developer role is undeniably important. Developers are the driving process behind new content creation. After creating software, they are also in charge of fixing problems with the product. Throughout the process, developers also contribute estimates for task complexity and size.

Developer responsibility does not end after the software has been created and fixed, however. Even in the product release stage, developers play an important role. The Product Owner is usually seen as the main role during the product release, but they rely heavily on developers for a number of parts.

Deployment Methods

After all the hard work of creating and debugging a product, the software must be deployed to stakeholders. The means of distribution can vary based on three components. Most noticeable for stakeholders is how convenient the method is for them. Beyond convenience for stakeholders, the cost of a deployment method and convenience for the Scrum team also matter in the decision. The chosen deployment method needs to be a good balance of all three.

Developers have a large role in choosing the deployment method, even if they are already finished with product creation. Product Owners handle determining what method is most convenient for stakeholders. Convenience for the Scrum team and cost analysis benefit from the developer role. While developers rarely see an organization’s budget, they do have an intuition for what deployment methods are more or less expensive. Given the scope of a release, developers usually know the lowest cost option. In addition to cost, developers know the steps involved with most possible deployment methods. They can shed insight on what will be simple or complex, and compare that with the option costs. The Product Owner may be best for interfacing with customers, but developers are equipped to find the best option for the team and the product.

Release Communication Plan

As the name implies, the release communication plan involves communicating with stakeholders. As a general rule, developers are rarely in charge of communication outside of the Scrum Team. However, this does not mean that developers are not useful in the process. Developers have the best understanding of how a software product works. Therefore, they are more equipped to answer stakeholder questions about releases. For more complicated releases, developers can give step by step instructions. Since developers wrote the code, they usually know exactly how to make it work.

Deliverables Agreement

The agreement of working deliverables is a decision made by the Product Owner as a representative of the Scrum team, and the stakeholders. However, the Product Owner does not always know everything about the deliverables. Since developers are in charge of writing code, they may often know more about the deliverables than the Product Owner. As such, developers are important in the agreement decision.

Developers most frequently play a part in how deliverables will be broken up or grouped for sprints. If one deliverable is particularly large, it may need to be broken up into multiple pieces. Developers know best where the division should be made. A knowledgeable developer can break apart a single deliverable into pieces that each give value. Instead of waiting for multiple sprints without added value to the total software, customers get small chunks and features over time.

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This ‘Master of Agile – Agile Scrum Developer With 59 Seconds Agile (Video Training Course)’ provides an in-depth understanding of the Agile Scrum Developer roles and responsibilities

You will explore the Agile Scrum project life-cycle, including how an Agile User Story is created, to how we know when it is ‘done’

This course is aimed at those with or without prior knowledge and experience of the Agile values and principles

During this course you will learn the tools needed to succeed as an Agile Scrum Developer

What will you learn?

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the Agile Scrum Developer roles and responsibilities, and you will be able to

  • Fully understand the role of the Agile Scrum Developer
  • Understand the roles involved in an Agile project
  • Create an effective Product Backlog
  • Effectively participate in Scrum Meetings such as the Daily Stand-up, Sprint Review and Retrospective
  • Identify the roles involves in the Scrum Team

What topics are covered within this course

You will cover the following topics during this course:

  1. An Introduction to Agile Project Management (Developer)
  2. The 12 Agile Principles (Developer)
  3. Introduction to Scrum (Developer)
  4. Scrum Project Roles (Developer)
  5. The Agile Project Life-cycle (Developer)
  6. Acceptance Criteria and the Prioritised Product Backlog (Developer)
  7. Initiating an Agile Project (Developer)
  8. Forming the Scrum Team (Developer)
  9. Epics and Personas (Developer)
  10. User Stories and Tasks (Developer)
  11. Implementation of Scrum (Developer)
  12. The Daily Scrum (Developer)
  13. The Product Backlog (Developer)
  14. Scrum Charts (Developer)
  15. Review and Retrospective (Developer)
  16. Validating a Sprint (Developer)
  17. Retrospective Sprint (Developer)
  18. Releasing the Product (Developer)
  19. The Communication Plan (Developer)
  20. Formal Business Sign-off (Developer)
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