Common Misconceptions in Software Development: APIs, Microservices, UX/UI and Agile Practices


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As we navigate the exciting world of software development, it’s common to encounter a few misconceptions that can muddy the waters. These are often borne out of a lack of understanding, confusion, or just plain old misinformation.

We are all humans and sometimes we are afraid of asking when we don’t understand and we all want to be at use. We’ve seen misconceptions being inherited, from one colleague to another, spreading the wrong information in the organization and it doesn’t take long until this new “truth” is the truth all of you are sticking to.

In this post, we aim to debunk some of these misconceptions that we’ve frequently come across in our projects. Grab your mug of coffee, sit back, and let’s untangle these myths together.

Microservices and APIs – They Aren’t The Same!

It’s not uncommon to overhear in the hallways, “We need a microservice for that”, when in reality, what they mean is an API endpoint. While Microservices and APIs may seem like interchangeable terms, they are fundamentally different concepts.

Microservices are a design approach to build a single application as a suite of small services, each running in its own process and communicating with lightweight mechanisms. On the other hand, APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) are the methods and protocols that allow different software applications to communicate with each other. An API could be used by, or even be part of a microservice, but they are not one and the same. So next time you hear someone confuse the two, you know what to tell them!

UI vs UX Designers – More Than Just A Simple Role Swap

It’s quite a regular spectacle to see job postings for a ‘UI/UX designer’, as though it’s one solitary role. But here’s the truth: User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design are distinct specialties that require unique skills.

UX Designers focus on a product’s overall feel and user satisfaction. They look into optimizing the product for a seamless, efficient user experience. Meanwhile, UI Designers are responsible for the product’s look and feel, its presentation, and interactivity. Both roles are crucial and interrelated, but they are certainly not interchangeable. The next time you come across this mix-up, remember, UI is the bridge you see, and UX is the feeling you get when you cross the bridge.

Agile Is Not Just A Backlog-Turned-To-Do List!

Lastly, let’s address the misinterpretation of Agile processes. We often see teams adopt Agile practices and merely focus on maintaining a backlog as their to-do list. But Agile is so much more than that!

Agile methodology is about incremental, iterative work cadences, known as sprints. But more importantly, it’s about learning and adapting. Essential practices such as retrospectives and daily stand-ups are not just checkboxes on the Agile list. They provide valuable opportunities for continuous improvement and learning.

Retrospectives encourage teams to reflect on their process and identify ways to improve their workflow. Daily stand-ups foster communication and highlight issues proactively. If you or your team are skipping these crucial aspects, you’re missing out on the substantial benefits Agile practices can bring.

Why working Agile in the first place?

Agile isn’t just a buzzword, it’s a radical shift in how you approach projects. While a Waterfall project is like constructing a building from a set blueprint, Agile is more like exploring a new city.

In Agile, you’re continuously evolving and adapting. You’re not sticking to a rigid plan, but responding to the real needs of the project as it unfolds. You can change directions, explore new opportunities, and even redefine your goals.

Plus, Agile isn’t about delivering all the value at the end, like the grand reveal of a completed building. Instead, you’re delivering value constantly, at every step of the journey. This constant cycle of delivery means stakeholders start seeing benefits right from the early stages, rather than waiting for a final product.

So, when you’re Agile, you’re not just going through the motions, you’re innovating, learning, and delivering continuously. It’s not just a different way to work – it’s a better way.


As we bust these misconceptions, the takeaway is clear: understanding these concepts fully is crucial to effectively leveraging them. So let’s continue learning, continue questioning, and continue growing. After all, in the vast realm of software development, clarity is king! Have you encountered any other misconceptions in your workspace? We’d love to hear from you and continue this enlightening conversation.

P.S. If you found this post helpful, don’t forget to share it with your colleagues. You never know, you might just save them from their next slip-up!


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