Introduction

Appian’s low-code platform not only accelerates the conversion of ideas into applications, but also catalyzes a cultural shift in the way organizations can approach software development. By embracing this new way of working, teams can realize:

Faster time to value and greater responsiveness to changing business needs.
Better teamwork and collaboration between development teams and their stakeholders.
Higher adoption through more compelling solutions.

Why a new way?
The Appian platform is built to enable speed and power. But to unlock the full benefits, teams should approach the development process differently. This is true because the Appian platform reduces or eliminates many constraints imposed by ‘high-code’ development approaches. In particular:

  • Reduced development complexity allows for deeper engagement of less technical stakeholders.
  • Reduced time and cost for each development cycle allows you to ‘test and learn’ much more rapidly.
  • Visual development tools allow you to have smaller, cross-functional teams with less specialization and more ability to collaborate.

These innovations allow you to reduce the time of certain development steps or eliminate others entirely. The Methodology outlined in this guide captures the best way to do this. It is built on the foundations of agile development practices, and enriched by our experience delivering solutions for customers of various sizes and industries. By adopting these methods, you’ll be able to take full advantage of Appian’s low-code technology and realize the benefits of this new way of working.


Introduction to this Guide
In the pages that follow, you will find a rich repository of best practice guidance, tools, templates and other resources to help you apply the core principles of the Appian Delivery Methodology to your own organization. We begin by reviewing the key principles, outline the implications for the skills and roles you need on your delivery teams and then walk you through, step by step, the stages of the delivery cycle.
Note: we assume the reader has general familiarity with agile terminology and specifically Scrum practices.

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