The approaches, tools, and capabilities shaping modern product development continue to rapidly evolve. As we look ahead, some key trends are poised to further transform engineering.
Cloud-native development is sure to accelerate. Serverless, containers and microservices architectures will become the norm to handle scale. Managing complexity will be crucial.
Greater automation across the entire development lifecycle also seems certain. Intelligent assistants will aid planning and testing while ops will be increasingly automated.
Expect even tighter integration of data analytics into the engineering process. Usage metrics will drive business logic, feature iteration and performance optimizations.
AI-assisted coding looks primed for mainstream adoption. Imagine intelligent autocomplete on steroids to boost engineers’ abilities and efficiencies.
Virtual collaboration within distributed engineering teams will likely become more seamless through AR/VR. Reduced friction should enhance speed.
Of course, emergent technologies like blockchain, quantum computing, and new programming paradigms could certainly disrupt development in unforeseen ways too.
While hard to predict specifics, the overarching trend is the radical empowerment of the engineering function through compounding layers of abstraction and automation. Exciting times ahead!