One of the biggest benefits to a low code project isn't the the speed at which work progresses or the low barriers to entry, but instead, it's something far more predictive of a projects overall success. It's collaboration and the ability to continuously refine an application as it's being built.
To anyone unfamiliar with low code applications, there is a stark difference in the way a traditional software project runs when compared to a low code project, especially when Rappid is involved. Traditional applications generally involve a variety of disparate teams working together, often asynchronously, towards the completion of features and ultimately an application. A traditional software project usually involves some mix of the following;
During these projects, tickets are created, groomed, assigned, worked, and tested during one or many sprints across various workgroups. This process can take weeks, months, or even years, which leads to a siloing of teams and an inability to react quickly to changing market conditions.
Low code applications have greatly condensed timelines which enables projects to organize in a more organic and synchronous way. This fosters collaboration across stakeholders and guarantees that everyone involved has the opportunity to lend their expertise in an effort to improve the final outcome. By reserving a short amount of time each week to bring together the entire project team, we make space for ideas and experience to combine so that we can continuously refine the application being built.
Like any software project, we utilize use cases and user stories to organize and direct our work, but the magic of low code is that we are never truly 'locked in'. We remain flexible during our builds to iterate as we learn more about our users, their processes, and the overall landscape of their work environment. Benefits of this approach include;
Requirements and Scoping
In general, requirements do not need to be fully defined before we can start developing. This leads to a more flexible process and the ability to react to changing needs and wants.
Hands On Discovery
It's far easier to understand and improve an application when it can be used from day 1. Not only that, users are able to uncover additional ways to streamline their processes when they are not worried about imagining what their app will be like.
Uncover and Solve Outstanding Business Problems
Uncovering of additional bottlenecks or blockers beyond the original scope of the project. This may seem like a negative at first, but in reality the collaborative nature of a project ensures we have cross team support for solving a business problem and such impediments are able to be given the priority they deserve.
We will explore additional benefits of low code projects in future articles but the ability to collaborate and continuously refine an application throughout the build process is one of the best ways to ensure post-production success. Rappid designs solutions with built-in flexibility that bring together the most important part of your organization, its people.