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5 Ways You Can Boost Your Agile Development Using Low-Code

September 16, 2020
6 minute read

The ‘normal’ ways of doing things are no longer relevant in the current situation. Every part of the business has been impacted, and the decisions we take now will stick around for a longer-term.

Instead of employing a traditional coding approach to developing applications, we should focus on low-code tools that allow organizations to develop applications faster, engage business teams or ‘citizen developers’ in writing application components and broadening the talent pool from which to recruit.

According to Forrester Research, the low-code market is growing at nearly 40% to help organizations achieve this often elusive goal by reducing the time to build, test, and deploy valuable software.

What is Low-Code development?

Low-Code refers to the visual development approach to application development. Low-Code application development platform allows you to build mobile and web applications using drag-and-drop components and model-driven logic through a graphic user interface. The Low-Code approach can solve your common development problems like IT struggle, massive application backlogs, legacy debt, slow development and deployment and undeveloped talent.

Maximizing the Power of Low-Code

Agile teams should constantly look for opportunities to adapt and improve their agile processes in five key areas to maximize the increased quality with the speed that comes from developing with low-code platforms.

1. Laser Focus on Backlog

Having a strong product owner is an essential function that will significantly help you succeed; especially when developing with Low-Code—success starts with having a high-performing product owner who is engaged, empowered, and responsive. For example, if you are used to refining the backlog once a week or once per sprint, you need to increase your rhythm. Maintaining a well-groomed backlog of stories and meeting the definition of ready require daily attention and a fast decision-making process about the priority, content, and acceptance criteria of your user stories.

2. Increase Collaboration

Low-Code platforms make it simple for technical and non-technical team members and stakeholders to collaborate in real-time and reduce the development cycle. When building new functionality, developers and business analysts should collaborate from the start of the development cycle, especially for complex user stories. The analyst can provide feedback, the developer can make changes and the change can be tested in real-time significantly reducing defects, missed requirements and costly feedback cycles.

3. Eliminate Dependencies Early

Today, almost all products have some type of dependency on integration points, data dependencies, security requirements, or other issues. If your team is working with Low-Code and the other team is not, you will need to change your approach to identify and mitigate those dependencies much earlier than in the past. No one-size-fits-all approach can fix this problem; however, you can consider the following options:

  • Pay more attention to identifying potential dependencies

  • Flag even low-risk dependencies and track them regularly

  • Negotiate shorter SLAs with the dependent team

  • Eliminate the dependencies by building it in Low-Code

4. Increase Ceremony Efficiency

Search for ways to streamline the agile ceremonies without losing their value or intent. A Low-Code development project is an ideal opportunity to experiment with and implement those changes. Agile teams using Low-Code should consider shortening their sprint durations to enable them to deliver valuable software to users faster than traditional platforms.

5. Effective Retrospectives

Taking the leap to develop with Low-Code requires a commitment to accelerating your pace of continuous improvement. If you don’t constantly identify areas to improve and implement new approaches, you will not benefit from the speed and value from Low-Code.

How to get started?

Start by analysing your backlog and how to manage it. Ensure that you have strong product ownership, strong relationships with stakeholders, and a culture that makes decisions fast. Foster and demand collaboration among all stakeholders, especially your project team. Actively anticipate, identify and resolve potential dependencies, especially with teams working in traditional development platforms. Lastly, challenge your team to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of agile ceremonies to achieve maximum performance with Low-Code.




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