The Role of Frontend Developers in Agile Scrum Teams

by Jason Gardner (ed.)

In traditional software development, teams are usually divided into two groups: the backend developers and the frontend developers. Both are essential to the success of a project, and they have different responsibilities. backend developers are tasked with creating the software’s logic, working with databases, and writing code, while frontend developers work on the software’s user interface and design.

But how do these two groups work together in a Scrum team? Do they work from the same user story? Do they belong to the same team? In this blog post, we’ll explore the role of frontend developers in Scrum teams and understand how they work alongside backend developers.

Frontend developers usually work with the backend developers to bring the software’s design to life. They are responsible for creating the user interface that the backend developers have developed. frontend developers must work closely with backend developers to achieve the design and aesthetics expected from the software.

As to whether they work off the same user story, the answer is yes. frontend developers, just like backend developers, work off the same user stories. These user stories will dictate what the team needs to build and design, and the frontend developers will tailor and design the user interface and, sometimes, add some functionalities to improve the user experience.

Frontend developers typically belong to the same Scrum team as the backend developers. The rationale is that both groups work off the same user stories, and they need to collaborate and communicate regularly to ensure that their work aligns. A cohesive team is necessary for a successful and timely delivery of the software and, essentially, the success of the project. 

Having both functional and design work together in the same team also reduces context switching and delays in communication.  When separated, the feedback loop between design and implementation is slow, leading to slower decision-making.  This slow decision-making can lead to context switching, as people move on to other tasks while waiting for a response.  By being on the same team, collaboration is real-time and both groups are focused on the same items at the same time.


In summary, frontend developers and backend developers work together in Scrum teams. They work off the same user stories and contribute their skills to achieve the project’s objectives. It is essential to understand the importance of frontend developers in Scrum teams, contributing to software functionality and the software’s look and feel. By working collaboratively, Scrum teams can achieve quality and timely delivery of software projects.


We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our website.

You can find out more about which cookies we are using here.