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Discussion on: Frontend, UX, and Embracing your Span

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Cory Tanner

I relate to this! At my current company we have spans (as you describe them) that let individuals focus on the aspects of Front End Development that they are elite at. Not to say you can't venture outside of your span but it's not expected that you master all aspects of front end development.

Over my 5 years of doing this I have seen the results of this approach, you get an app that has high levels of expertise across the board and the best results is that the spans collaborate with each other and you learn about another span from an expert in that field. You gain depth into a particular aspect of development that you might not have had exposure to before.

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Evan Payne Author

That's so cool Cory! I love the collaboration part in particular.

One side effect of our badge system is a thing we call Badge Boosters, which are off-the-cuff sessions, maybe 5 people max, where a group can ask targeted questions of a high-level-badge holder. When the badge in question is outside your Pathway, it really can make for interesting learnings on both sides.

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Cory Tanner

I love that idea, one topic where this happened on our side was localization, localization tends to have endless talking points for a wide range of what would be badge holders.