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Why Citizen Developers?

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Citizen development is a disruptive approach to digital transformation and organizational innovation, where teams are empowered to turn ideas into applications using no-code/low-code technology. This blog provides insights, advice and practical knowledge from thought leaders and practitioners in Citizen Development.

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Citizen development is a life skill and mindset. It means a cultural change to embrace technology as an extension of human capabilities. Unfortunately, there is resistance and fear because people see citizen development through the lens of scarcity.


Instead of asking, "how can I leverage citizen development to create even more personal and organizational competitive advantage?" people think, "what will I do when my job disappears?".


The Digital Transformation Fallacy

Digital transformation is a buzzword since the 2010s. Around 2008, the "cloud" became popular, although, in 2020, most organizations and people still do not use the full potential of cloud-native applications. Why?

The Technology Fallacy book, published in 2020, is based on insights from a multi-year collaborative study between MIT Sloan Management Review and Delloite. The research says that digital maturity is about people and organizational change.

Technology is here for a while: machine learning, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and more. It is not used on a large scale because the majority of people do not understand it. The agile and digital-savvy mindset needed to allow organizations to embrace technology and pivot as required is scarce.

Organizational transformation enables the organization to become more customer-centric, data-driven, and adaptable.


Citizen Development is More than Low-Code

Citizen development maturity is your company's process of learning how to respond appropriately to the emerging competitive environment from a broader perspective that includes technology, but it is not limited to that.

Every professional must develop a working knowledge of digital and technology trends to lead their organizations to adapt in the right ways. In other words, citizen development becomes a life skill required at every level.

You don't have to learn how to code and build applications. You have to understand how new technologies make it possible to create different organizational structures, disruptive business models, and innovative work methods and processes.


What's Next

To conclude this article, I wanted to emphasize that technology is already available. You are connected to digital assistants on your mobile phone; artificial intelligence helps me write this article with Word Online, and there is much more. These and other technologies won't replace you. But they will make your current job obsolete. To stay relevant, you have to understand the new game of citizen development.


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Posted by Mario Trentim on: December 11, 2020 08:13 AM | Permalink

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Jean-Claude Greco Sierre, Valais, Switzerland
Thanks for sahring

Rajiv Gupta Project Manager| MothersonSumi Infotech & Designs Ltd Delhi, Delhi, India
Very true! Citizen Development is absolutely essential for everyone and everywhere around the globe.

Kwiyuh Michael Wepngong Financial Management Specialist | US Peace Corps / Cameroon Yaounde, Centre, Cameroon
Thanks for sharing

Mayte Mata-Sivera
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Head of PMO| Confidential Ut, USA
Mario, I fully agree that "every professional must develop a working knowledge of digital and tech"... any tip how to engage no tech people with that?

Jelili Odunayo Kazeem Co-Founder| Convosync Solutions Limited Enugu, En, Nigeria
Interesting insights. Citizen Development is a revolution geared at delivering products or services cheaper and in less time to customers. For me, it is a win-win for the organization, the clients, and the employee.

Aws Shehab Deputy IT Manager & Financial Affairs Support| ATU Duty Free Salalah, Dhofar, Oman
Very Good insights

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