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3D Chart of Software Development Roles: Visualising Skill Attributes

This 3D scatter plot visualises various software development roles based on three key skill attributes:

  • Project Timeline (x-axis): Representing the spectrum from project start to project end.
  • Focus Orientation (y-axis): Spanning from people focused to technology focused roles.
  • Thinking Style (z-axis): Differentiating between operational thinking and strategic thinking.

Each marker represents a distinct role, with its position indicating the relative emphasis on each of these attributes. Use the chart to explore how different roles balance these skills. How one person in a 3D space could assume another role nearby in the space.

Click the "Reset Chart View" button to reset the chart to its default view.

Click the "Set Y and X Front View" button to set the chart to see Y on the left and X on the bottom.

Interacting with the 3D Scatter Plot:


  • Mouse Scroll: Scroll the mouse wheel up and down to zoom in and out.


  • Click and Drag: Click and drag on the plot to rotate it in any direction.
  • Right Click and Drag: Right-click and drag on the plot to pan it left, right, up, or down.

Reset Chart View:

  • Reset Button: Click the "Reset Chart View" button below the plot to reset the view to its default position (Y axis left, X axis bottom and Z axis depth).


  • Hover: Hover over a data point to see additional information about the role it represents.

"B" for Business Analyst (BA)

As a Business Analyst, they bridge the gap between business needs and technology. They specialise in translating complex business processes into clear, concise requirements, ensuring projects achieve their goals on track.

Their responsibilities span identifying and analysing requirements, mapping existing processes, interpreting data, and collaborating across teams for project success.

Personal Story: Doing the role as a Business Analyst, I have been leveraging artificial intelligence for efficient business analysis. For instance, when exploring requirements for a potential gin distillery, I utilised AI-powered Natural Language Processing to interpret liquor licensing laws and understand key business requirements.

Did You Know? The role of the Business Analyst originated in the 1970s, evolving alongside structured methodologies in software development over the past half-century.

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