You have no idea how much I agree with the post. I wrote a post about this (“Six Reasons Why the Shortage of UI Engineers is Going to Get Worse“) a while back.
Here’s a few excerpts:
When they report into User Experience, they'll optimize for the user experience, but if they report into Engineering, they'll optimize their code to meet Engineering's goals. It's that simple. Of course, we believe in forming deep partnerships with our peers in Engineering, and there are some companies where having front-end developers report into Engineering makes sense. However, this is the exception and is the case only in companies whose UX practice is in the top 10% of the industry in terms of UX maturity.
That’s a key point — engineering culture actually has different goals than User Experience, and in result, different goals than the business. That seems kind of backwards, right?
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