Low-code development is redefining how the development of software and applications is today. With the rise of low-code development has also come the popularity of the term ‘citizen developers. Citizen developers are individuals who are originally non-programmers but create applications on low-code development platforms.
Low code development does not require individuals to have coding skills. It uses an intuitive graphical interface to guide developers in their quest to achieve their software development goals.
However, there are several other skills that could be of added advantage to citizen developers as they explore the now simplified world of Software development. Some of these skills are highlighted below.
Information architecture is concerned with organizing, structuring, and labeling content in an effective way that helps users find information and complete tasks efficiently. Information architects work closely with User Experience designers to determine User needs and how to position solutions.
Project management is the application of knowledge, processes, skills, and experience to achieve specific project objectives according to the project acceptance criteria within agreed parameters. Project management has final deliverables constrained to a finite timescale and budget.
Wireframing & Prototyping
Wireframing is a process where designers draw overviews of interactive products to establish the structure and flow of possible design solutions. While Prototyping is a process of creating an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a concept or process.
Empathy is a design skill that requires the designer to consider the experiences, needs, wants, and objectives of the people he is designing for. It requires the designer to have an ability to see through the eyes of the users of his products.
Collaboration is an essential skill in Low-Code Development as low-code development creates opportunities for users (citizen developers) to harness their knowledge with the expertise of professional developers and, as a result, enables them to make vital inputs
These skills are not prerequisites for citizen developers, but they remain very relevant to software development regardless of whether it is Low-code or traditional software development. Therefore, having them can be a plus for individuals looking to land opportunities in software development.
You can also acquire these skills by participating in our Product UX Design Bootcamp this fall. Click here to get started.