Once the decision has been made to embrace a No Code platform, personnel needs to be trained in order to get started. Quite often, companies decide to jump-start the development by hiring external No Code experts. This way, no time is lost and personnel can learn by collaborating with the expert. At the same time, this gives management the opportunity to test the platform with limited risk. Furthermore, the company can assess its viability as a strategic tool for the future.
Having worked with and trained many No Code consultants, we compiled a list of 5 watch-outs that you should look out for when hiring a No Code expert.
1. Tech-only focus
When you look for a software developer, you want to be assured the person is tech savvy. A No Code consultant still requires (some) technical skills, or better expressed, a technical mindset. But you run a big risk if the technical acumen is the only strong skill. The person could easily misunderstand the underlying business case. Also, sometimes a simple change in process would bring the same result, without any development, Code or No Code.
2. No backup available
As with traditional development, you cannot afford to be fully dependent on one person. It is much safer to have a trustworthy organisation backing up the person you hire.
3. Poor communicator
No Code development gives the client the opportunity to join the development journey. Communication is key in this process. We try to express in words what we mean, and there is always a loss in communication. What you say is not 100% exactly what you mean and is also not 100% how I understand it. A good communicator is aware of this and will ask the right questions and host a productive and collaborative dialogue.
Some No Code platforms claim that everyone can build applications with their solution. We do not believe so. The development time can easily be reduced by 5-10 times, but the No Coder needs to understand the IT infrastructure, needs to understand the information architecture and needs to be an expert on the platform. If that is not the case, you might end up with a application with the wrong foundation, impossible to change, interconnect or scale.
5. Prefers to work alone
The power of a No Coder lies in the fact that the platform allows the No Coder to assume several roles at the same time, such as: developer, business analyst, tester, functional designer, UX designer. This however does not mean the No Coder can and should work entirely on his or her own. Quite the contrary, The No Code platform helps the No Coder to test assumptions, to prototype and challenge corporate status-quo. It is therefore an excellent collaboration tool to make the the business case tangible.