What is DX? Creating Great Developer Experience: Tips from the Experts | Emily Freeman
My notes & takeaways (8)
Evolution is not a straight line
[In tech], we have a culture that takes pride in being able to do the hard things, instead of making the hard things easy.
Two types of DX: Internal and External (when your users are developers). Internal is focused on productivity. External is focused on Usability.
Joy is the flame of creativity. (…) happy developers are more creative and inventive.
4 key behaviors:
does it do what it is supposed to do?
does it follow standards?
more important then we think
speaks both to the resiliency of the product and frequency of changes
users will hate constant change
if your product becomes the bottleneck, they’ll hate it
optimize to provide the developer the fastest path forward
easy to navigate and search,
expected docs in place
unintuitive interfaces and flows bring annoyances
Great DX is architected and though through from the start
Great DX is Simple - options are useful, but decision fatigue is a problem
Great DX is Beautiful
Great DX is Documented
On Measuring Developer Experience
How quickly is someone able to walk through the path of Success
MTTS : mean time to Success
The strong, happy path / golden path requires you to have an opinion of how work/tasks should be done.
The more impactful changes (…) the changes that take a look at everyday items and experiences and improves them. When it comes to Developer experience, those are the changes that have biggest impact, not just on developer joy but on your bottom line.