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Why Low-Code Doesn't Mean Low-Talent: The Makings Of A Citizen Developer

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The ‘Great Resignation’ is a term that still haunts the business landscape. It is a pervasive movement, and many businesses are continuing to see higher than average attrition.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for software developers – along with quality insurance analysts and testers – is expected to jump 22% by 2030. While this might be a great opportunity for developers seeking new horizons, organizations are left with difficult questions when it comes to acquiring and retaining IT talent. Should they hire skilled (and costly) developers, acquire expensive off-the shelf-software, or try to upskill their employees?

Low-code – and citizen developers – might be the answer organizations are looking for.

Low-Code: High potential

Low-code and no-code development platforms are essentially an economic way of equipping employees with accessible yet potent technology. These development platforms often have shallow learning curves and can be implemented quickly. Where off-the-shelf software can be expensive and time-consuming to set up, low-code offers a budget-conscious way to engage far more of your employees in the development process.

By replacing lines of code with visual design elements, software and applications can be created by those without an in-depth coding knowledge. Namely, citizen developers. These technically minded business users (perhaps with some developer assistance) can quickly build their own applications. 

One important question remains though: which of these employees do you choose to become citizen developers?

Choosing a citizen developer team

Thanks to low-code’s accessibility, it’s possible for a range of employees to get stuck into a low-code platform. Trial and error is not only permitted, but encouraged.

With that being said, some employees may be better suited than others when it comes to making the most of low-code platforms. The technical skill threshold may be lowered, but this does not make talent redundant. 

The following qualities are therefore worth looking out for when assembling a high-impact team of citizen developers.

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