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Empowering Citizen Developers: Overcoming 5 Common Challenges Together

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In today's tech-savvy world, citizen development has become a buzzword, allowing employees to build applications and contribute to their organization's growth. However, like any journey, citizen developers face challenges that might seem overwhelming.

Challenges to Adopting Citizen Development

Let's explore the top 5 challenges they encounter and discover practical solutions to conquer them, ensuring their success in this exciting endeavor.

1. The Learning Adventure

Challenge: As an average Jane or Joe, starting with app development might feel like embarking on a complex puzzle. The fear of not understanding coding languages or intricate software platforms can be discouraging.

Solution: Citizen developers can explore user-friendly platforms, allowing them to build applications through intuitive drag-and-drop interfaces. For instance, say, a sales executive, Sarah, wants to streamline her team's lead tracking process. With Quixy, she can create a custom lead management app without writing a single line of code, making her a citizen developer hero!

2. Time Management Tightrope

Challenge: Many citizen developers have regular job responsibilities, leaving them with limited time to focus on application development.

Solution: Carve out dedicated time slots organizations can promote a culture that values citizen development by allocating dedicated time slots for project work. This way, employees like John, a marketing specialist, can focus on building a dynamic event registration app for his team without distractions.

3. Navigating the Security Labyrinth

Challenge: Ensuring data security and compliance might seem insurmountable for citizen developers.

Solution: Secure your applications with confidence by choosing platforms with built-in security features, citizen developers can rest assured that their applications are safeguarded. For example, Lisa, an HR executive, can create an employee onboarding app on a platform that automatically encrypts sensitive data, keeping confidential information safe.

4. Bridging the Gap with Legacy Systems

Challenge: Integrating new applications with existing legacy systems could feel like fitting a square peg in a round hole.

Solution: Embrace the power of integrations with the help of IT teams, citizen developers like Mike, an operations specialist, can utilize pre-built API connectors to integrate their applications with legacy systems seamlessly. This allows data to flow effortlessly between the old and the new, creating a cohesive workflow.

5. Sustaining the Momentum

Challenge: After successfully deploying an application, maintaining and updating it can be an ongoing challenge for citizen developers.

Solution: Empowering citizen developers to collaborate with IT teams ensures continuous support for their applications. For instance, a finance analyst, Emily, can collaborate with IT experts to ensure her financial tracking app stays updated with the latest regulations.


Citizen development is not just a fancy term; it's a transformative journey that empowers everyday employees to be innovation catalysts. Organizations can nurture a thriving community of citizen developers by providing easy-to-use platforms, time, and support. Overcoming challenges together unlocks the true potential of these developers, enabling them to create powerful applications and contribute significantly to the organization's growth.

In this blog, we have explored the top 5 challenges citizen developers face and provided practical solutions with real-world examples. Embracing citizen development as a team effort sets the stage for a culture of creativity and collaboration, ensuring a successful and fulfilling journey for all citizen developers.

Posted by Vivek Goel on: August 09, 2023 07:17 AM | Permalink

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Zohaib Qadir System Administrator Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)| Peshawar Institute of Cardiology Peshawar, Kpk, Pakistan
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