Creating web-based products like websites and applications consists of many steps, sources, possibilities, and choices. Wide knowledge, flexible thinking and an open-mind – all of these go hand in hand towards achieving a common goal known as – “the golden mean” which is user satisfaction from the final product.
Imagine a situation where you start your work without any prior consultations with other collaborators or if your mindset is not open to new solutions. If you go ahead in this way you will meet a lot of obstacles, hard to prevent in a product development cycle. In this post, you will read about the process of working on a product and examples of collaborations with the most common roles, as perceived by one Front-end Developer.
The first kind of role is “Graphic Designer”. We always trust that their solutions are pleasing, simple, and easy to use, but sometimes it is like a trap for us – developers. Of course, the design is not a stable statement that we cannot modify. It is a formal proposition about how a product should look. Sometimes, we forget about this principle and we try to implement impossible things. It’s like over-engineering because we can always find another easier way.
Don’t wait for the complete design but rather co-create with a graphic designer and discuss solutions with the phrase “User is the king” in the back of your mind. The results will be far better and easier to implement, I can guarantee. The earlier common analysis allows avoiding any misunderstanding.
The second standard role for building moderate or more advanced products is “Back-end Developer”. Sometimes, if work between these two roles is completely separate, you can hear the words “This should be created by your side …” and vice versa. Yes, we know these well, we clearly understand these problems and we know how to remedy them. Mostly, one thing depends on the other, so it is nice to see mutual cooperation here. In continuous symbiosis, it is possible to create more efficient products; the engine in the car should be suitably matched for users – should not be too weak or too powerful. Therefore, the most important thing between these two roles is communication and analysis – split responsibilities at the very beginning. Without this, both sides cannot cooperate well, products will not be as good as can be, and processes take years.
People who like being at the top of searches – “SEO specialists” are the third kind of role. Clients often do not pay attention to this specific role, but during the creating of websites, we also need to think how our work will affect the position in search engines. Appropriate content, semantic structure, and server-side rendering are just some of the examples of the most important things here. Following SEO guidance from the beginning can save time before deployment – you won’t have to change the HTML structure, minify files, and add meta tags hours before deployment.
To sum up briefly, it happens that one change triggers other changes. Creating the best product requires collaboration in all roles. It is not easy to keep one consistent vision, additionally compatible with all the requirements of the client, but it will result in a quicker development process, without back end forward loops and ultimately, a more coherent product.
There are no perfect solutions which resolve all issues in a project, but cooperation, teamwork, and constant communication between all roles allows achieving balance, great results for products, and most of all, the satisfaction of the user.