Project Management

Common Pitfalls Citizen Developers Should Avoid When Developing Applications


Whether you work in a large, medium or small organization, applications can be built easily and swiftly using a citizen development approach. But there are some pitfalls to avoid as Citizen Developers go about bringing ideas to life.

1. Forgetting to take account of complexity and risk
To choose a suitable software development life cycle (SDLC), Citizen Developers conduct a suitability assessment. as part of the suitability assessment, a risk/technical grid must be completed. It must assess their projects against two variables:

  • Risk categories that are investigated can include: security, operational IT, IT architecture, regulatory, reputational and financial risks.
  • Technical complexity takes into account how difficult it is to build the application, integrate it with the wider IT landscape and create the user interfaces.

A common pitfall when assessing the risks associated with a citizen development project is not considering the probability and severity of each.

  • High probability/low severity risks are easy to identify. If these risks materialize, they may cause minor issues.
  • Low probability/high severity risks can be difficult to identify; however, if this type of risk materializes, it can have a devastating effect on the organization.

Assessing the probability and severity of each risk is important. This information is fed into the …

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