Agile Enthusiasts: How Do You Stay Productive?
Our second annual State of the Developer survey is open. Take this 5-minute survey to help us better understand the productivity hurdles that Agile developers face.
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If you like to read articles in the Agile Zone, then you have an interest in how to best maximize time spent on projects. It’s in an Agile disciple’s DNA.
So if you’ve got a minute, we’d like to pick your brain. Our second annual State of the Developer survey is now open. Take this 5-minute survey to help us better understand how you like to learn, what your hurdles are to productivity and what dev-focused companies can do to make the experience better.
Here are some of the interesting things we learned from our 2019 survey of more than 800 developers about what they believe hinders productivity:
- Two-thirds (66%) suggest that the maintenance of legacy systems and technical debt is the issue.
- Half the group (49%) point to leadership’s prioritization of projects and tasks.
- Forty percent cite a lack of skilled talent.
- And 24% mention “building custom technology.”
- The majority of developers (60%) read blogs for this information. The chart below shares some of the other ways developers like to receive information designed to help them learn about a new feature.
Here are a few other things we learned last year:
- The vast majority of developers like tutorials for learning new skills. But it isn’t the only content form that wins them over. Blog posts (74%), short articles (66%), videos (61%), and books (57%) are popular.
- Many developers also look to white papers and ebooks (46%), Q&A (41%), SDKs (35%), and case studies (30%).
- Our surveyees weren’t as enthusiastic about podcasts (18%), infographics (16%), or social channels (10%). Save those channels for other marketing efforts.
We also discovered what we kind of expected. When you have a technical problem, you like to research and solve it yourself. Three-fourths of those surveyed (77%) say they are self-reliant. Twenty percent seek out developer colleagues whether from their own organization or a developer community. Only 3% turn to technical support at the software vendor.
What trends will we uncover this year?
Help us serve Agile developers better in 2020.
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