3 Ways to Help Engineers Collaborate and Own Their Code | Lucidchart Blog
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Software engineers are experts at developing bug-free code, but there are three nagging process design bugs that frequently slow dev teams down and compromise the quality of their work.  

These problem areas include 1) getting buy-in from stakeholders and decision makers, 2) collaborating with one another, and 3) creating appropriate levels of ongoing documentation.

1. Getting buy-in

Explaining a development plan to non-technical stakeholders can be a challenging task. So it’s understandable when engineers struggle to communicate their ideas to business leaders--and even UI/UX designers and QA testers. One of the easiest ways to get buy-in is to use visual diagrams to create shared understanding and align expectations.

Lucidchart’s intuitive workflows streamline the development approval process by sharing diagrams with stakeholders and decision makers that are:

  • Compatible with all major operating systems: both Mac and PC users can access and respond to development workflows.
  • Affordable: multiple licenses allow team members to provide direct feedback. Colleagues who don’t have a license can make comments, too.

Teams that use Lucidchart achieve:

  • More meaningful input from non-technical decision makers.
  • Faster project approvals.
  • Better communication and understanding across departments.

2. Team collaboration

None of your developers writes code as an island. Collaboration doesn’t work if each team member can’t see how their part fits into the overall project. Nobody wants to have to modify or rewrite code before it can be rolled up into the master build. It’s expensive, slow, and discouraging. Engineering teams that use Lucidchart report increased collaboration and productivity resulting from several unique product features:

  • Lucidchart is hosted in the cloud allowing multiple participants to edit documents in real-time. This feature, combined with Lucidchart’s inclusive commenting capability and @mentions chat function, allows every team members who has a computer or mobile device to brainstorm and contribute ideas , even when they are separated by location.
  • When a team member changes an existing chart, those changes are automatically accessible to anyone who has viewing access. Instead of having to email new iterations of a project as a PDF, Lucidchart serves as a central repository for all project information, revisions and updates.

With Lucidchart, product development teams can enjoy the benefits of collaboration and alignment from project inception to rollout.

3. Documentation

Most engineers hate documenting their work. However, documentation is an essential aspect of the product development process. Without appropriate documentation, onboarding newcomers is difficult, engineers can lose track of their work, compliance becomes an issue, and important project deliverables may fall through the cracks. Lucidchart is designed to reduce the friction of project documentation in the following ways:

  • An extensive library of shapes for UML, ERD, network diagrams, and more make it easy for engineers to quickly drag and drop their ideas onto an expandable canvas.
  • Lucidchart integrates with project management tools, like JIRA and Confluence, so that any changes made to the parent document are instantly available in your project management toolbox without having to repeatedly upload diagrams.
  • With an enterprise account, documents produced by any team member remain accessible to administrators--even after an employee has left. This means that your company will never lose proprietary information as developers come and go.

With Lucidchart, engineers may discover that documentation doesn’t have to be miserable.

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