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Low code and No code platforms are revolutionizing the general approach to application development.

Business needs, use cases, or team acculturation, discover how to effectively implement Low code and No code solutions within your organization.

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The need for swift adaptation and innovation is essential. Traditional software development methods are often too slow, costly, and rigid for current demands, which is why Low code and No code (LCNC) platforms are revolutionizing the field. By simplifying the development process and minimizing the need for detailed coding, these platforms enable businesses to launch applications more quickly than ever before. Predictions indicate a significant surge in software creation, with over 500 million applications expected to be developed using LCNC technologies by 2025. This growth isn't just about quantity but also accessibility. Even though Low code platforms are more “IT developers” oriented, No code platforms allow those without extensive programming skills, often called “Citizen developers”, to build powerful applications.

However, effective implementation of LCNC technologies involves more than just tool knowledge. It requires a strategic approach that includes planning, selecting high-impact use cases, iterating based on feedback, integration with established project management methodologies, and fostering a robust digital culture.

Let’s delve into five Best Practices for deploying Low code and No code solutions within your company.

01. Understanding business needs is key

The success of any Low code and No code (LCNC) deployment is fundamentally tied to a comprehensive understanding of specific business needs and processes. Before thinking about a tool, we should consider the business processes. Once needs are identified, it becomes much easier to evaluate platforms that meet these needs. This critical first step requires engaging with stakeholders from various levels of the organization to identify inefficiencies and articulate clear requirements. Such a collaborative approach brings together the technical expertise of IT professionals with the operational insights of business teams, creating a synergy that ensures the selected LCNC solution not only meets technical standards but also aligns seamlessly with business objectives. Techniques like process mapping allows organizations to visually identify bottlenecks and opportunities for improvement. This thorough initial assessment of business needs is essential, it guides the entire project's trajectory and profoundly influences its ultimate success.

→ Business needs should guide the choice of tools, not the other way around.

02. Choose a first high-value use case

It is important to identify a project that not only significantly influences key business processes but is also understandable by all stakeholders, including the end-users who often possess the deepest insights of the process. Choosing a use case that delivers clear and tangible benefits helps to secure widespread adoption through the organization and demonstrates the practical value of LCNC solutions. This strategy does more than validate the concept. It sets a precedent for future projects, showing how strategic Low code and No code deployments can boost operational efficiency. By prioritizing a high-value use case from the start, businesses can fully leverage their investment in LCNC technology, achieving both immediate benefits and sustained growth. The choice of the first concrete case is crucial, and end-users must be involved in its development.

→ Have a solution that clearly and quickly meets a strategic need of the company.

03. Iterate based on user feedback

Iterative development is key in LCNC methodologies. Start with a basic prototype and gather feedback from users early on. This strategy allows you to gather valuable insights into the application's performance, identifying: * what functions well * what does not * what enhancements are needed to satisfy end-user requirements. Think in iterations, not in defined deliverables. Regularly and systematically integrating feedbacks ensures that the application not only evolves in a manner that is responsive and user-centered but also aligns closely with the users' expectations and needs. These platforms can show an initial visual demo to end-users and have the ability to make changes quickly, keeping the application relevant over time.

→ Gathering user feedback at each stage is essential.

04. Use project methodology

Integrating LCNC development with established Agile project management methodologies such as SCRUM is crucial for maintaining structure throughout the development process. These methodologies enable precise management of LCNC projects by systematically organizing each phase, from planning and design to implementation and review. It promotes iterations. This structured and adaptable approach helps in mitigating risks and ensuring that project outcomes align with business goals. The No code and Low code acceleration factor primarily lies in the development phase.

→ That’s why the implementation of a project management methodology, even in LCNC developments, is essential.

05. Cultivating a strong digital culture

Fostering a strong digital culture is vital for maximizing the potential of Low code and No code platforms in any organization. Such a culture is marked by an openness to innovation, a proactive approach to problem-solving, and a readiness to adopt new technologies. To achieve this, having “champions” is very beneficial, meaning individuals who: * Are convinced by the project. * Are proactive, encouraging initiatives within their team and beyond. * Communicate about what is being undertaken, the progress, and the results. These persons play a crucial role in promoting the adoption of LCNC technologies by showcasing their benefits across other departments. By nurturing a strong digital culture, companies ensure their workforce is not only skilled in using new technologies but also enthusiastic about integrating them into daily operations, fostering innovation.

→ Find new use cases and involve more people continuously. LCNC platforms are more than technological tools. They represent a shift towards a more agile and empowered business environment. By understanding and aligning these best practices, organizations can unlock the full potential of LCNC technologies.