Domain Modeling - Benefits for a Scrum Team


I want to stir more interest in DDD and modeling at REWE Digital, not only from developers. In preparation for an Open Space I'm writing a short memo about what Domain Modeling is and what people can get out of it. This is what I came up with...comments are welcome!

In a nutshell, Domain Modeling is about finding a common language and contextual abstraction for a given business problem, before writing any code.

I'm interested if/how other teams are employing Domain Modeling, and share my experiences. I believe it is a discipline that can help form a stronger tie between domain experts and a Scrum team. It can also help identify bounded contexts and enhance collaboration with architects.

What are the benefits for a Scrum team doing Domain Modeling? By creating a domain model,

  • Domain experts and Product Owners make sure that their intention is captured and understood (and even improved) by developers.
  • Scrum Masters can help Domain Experts and developers to truly collaborate (and not just do meetings), using a set of agile methods like Event Storming or Domain Storytelling.
  • Developers can create microservices that align with bounded contexts, and write code that seperates core domain logic from infrastructural code, and make sure that the deployed code actually uses the common language and reflects the intention of the Domain experts.

I can also give a short overview about popular Domain Modeling techniques. If there is enough interest in the topic, a Community of Practice could be started where we could collaboratively learn and explore Domain Modeling techniques.