Four key characteristics

Am I a Citizen Developer?

More and more companies are turning to Citizen Development to speed up development processes and relieve the burden on their own IT department. But what actually makes a citizen developer?

Definition

What exactly is a Citizen Developer?

A Citizen Developer creates specialized software applications for a wide range of business areas and use cases.

What makes them special: They are not traditional software developers. A typical Citizen Developer has no developer background, no corresponding degree and no extensive programming skills. Instead, he or she brings specialist knowledge from a specific area of the company, such as manufacturing, logistics or administration.

By having applications developed by citizen developers, companies not only benefit from an end-user focus, but also relieve the burden on their own IT department.

In this article, we present four typical features that characterize a Citizen Developer: Their education, tools, core skills and the applications they develop.

You can find detailed information on the topic of Citizen Development on our page “What is a Citizen Developer?”.

Education

Education requirements for a Citizen Developer

Unlike traditional developers, Citizen Developers often have no formal training in software development. Instead, they can come from a variety of backgrounds, be it marketing, sales, human resources or logistics.

One of the biggest advantages of citizen development is the development of software applications by the end users themselves. For example, an employee from logistics can usually assess the requirements of a warehouse management application better than a traditional development department.

Even though Citizen Development does not require any special professional training, Citizen Developers should be willing to flexibly undergo further training and familiarize themselves with new tools.

Citizen Development tools

Use of low-code and no-code platforms

As citizen developers generally do not have extensive programming skills, they use so-called low-code and no-code platforms for application development.

These are special development environments that require little to no code input. Instead, graphical tools, simple dialogs and ready-made modules are available.

For example, many low-code and no-code platforms offer the option of creating automated workflows from existing components using a drag-and-drop editor.

Our cloud platform manubes is an example of such a no-code platform. With the manubes design tools, citizen developers can easily develop a wide range of applications for industrial production.

Do you regularly use low-code or no-code development environments to develop specialized solutions? Then you can most likely call yourself a Citizen Developer.

No-code platform for industrial production

Our cloud platform manubes enables the development of specialized applications for industrial production.

With the help of intuitive no-code design tools, production processes can be systematically automated and visualized in real-time.

Skills

Core skills for a Citizen Developer

Citizen developers develop specialized software solutions, usually for their own department. They are in close contact with other end users and the IT department, as well as project managers, executives and data protection experts.

To identify the requirements of an application and implement them effectively, citizen developers should have certain core skills:

  • Problem-solving ability
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Technological proficiency

Extensive programming skills and in-depth technical knowledge, on the other hand, are not required.

Applications

Developed Applications

Applications built by a Citizen Developer can fulfill a wide variety of functions: From internal tools for process automation to customer applications to improve the user experience.

The focus is not on the complexity of an application, but rather on the ability of the Citizen Developer to create real added value and implement problem-oriented solutions.

Many of the applications developed by Citizen Developers fall into one of the following areas:

Process automation: Automation of recurring tasks (time recording, employee management, resource planning, …)

Customer-focused applications: Improving the customer experience (apps, chatbots, information services, …)

Internal collaboration: Creating opportunities for interaction and collaboration within a company (social networks, shared workspaces, educational platforms, …)

Data visualization: Aggregation, visualization and analysis of data from different sources

 

No-code platform for industrial production

Our cloud platform manubes enables the development of specialized applications for industrial production.

With the help of intuitive no-code design tools, production processes can be systematically automated and visualized in real-time.

Conclusion

Conclusion: Am I a Citizen Developer?

The term Citizen Developer is not a clearly defined job title, but a role-based designation. If you regularly use low-code or no-code development environments to develop business applications, you can undoubtedly call yourself a citizen developer.

Unlike traditional developers, citizen developers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and do not require in-depth coding and IT knowledge. At the same time, they benefit greatly from general technology expertise and various soft skills, including problem-solving, communication skills and creativity.

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