Growing the Citizen Developer Community

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Find ways to reach out to other aspiring citizen developers in the company and grow an active community

Growing the Citizen Developer Community

Now that we’ve gone through all the steps of putting together a low-code/no-code appathon, you can see that it’s a challenging project to take on, but one that is worthwhile. In Unit 2 of this course, Axelle talked about ways to foster citizen development, including establishing centers of excellence and reaching out to allies. In this lesson, we’ll take a closer look at community building, and how it’s an essential aspect of becoming a true citizen developer.

Reaching out to other citizen developers

Running a citizen developer hackathon or appathon shouldn’t be viewed as a one-off activity, but rather as a jumping-off point to connect with other aspiring citizen developers. The whole idea behind the low-code/no-code appathons described in this course is to help others kickstart their own journeys as citizen developers.

This is also an opportunity to keep refining your own expertise in low-code/no-code tools, because after all, the best way to master something is to teach it to someone else.

We’ve established that hackathons and even low-code/no-code appathons are a challenge to pull off. If you can’t do one this month, don’t feel limited. There are many other ways to grow a community for citizen developers including:

  • Live building sessions – not to be confused with webinars!
  • Channels and discussion forums
  • Holding dedicated low-code/no-code days for your team

If you look around within your company or local networks, you’ll see that many of these spaces might already exist. It’s just a matter of tapping into them.

Let’s check out another Hear from the Experts clip, and meet some new citizen development experts:

  • Felix Freese, SAP Process Automation - Product Manager
  • Deval Khatri, SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation - Product Manager

Here’s a sneak peek at what they’ll share:

"The most important part is sharing your expertise, things you have established as a citizen developer. You should make it available for others in the organization so they can see what the journey [was like] for you, and what the value is nowadays."

"You can even reach out to certain teams and get yourself a slot in their weekly meetings to present what you’ve built, what its functions are, and how it helps. Identify certain people who are keen and interested in trying something new like this."

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