Introduction: Getting Started

The Getting Started Guide offers new customers prescriptive guidance on the most common questions and activities as you prepare to build and launch your first applications using Appian’s powerful low-code platform. Each guide provides access to step-by-step instructions, peer guidance, checklists, templates and access to related resources.

Companies adopting low-code technology have looked to agile delivery methods in order to take full advantage of the benefits the platform provides. The agile way of working promises faster, better quality results than traditional methods. By simplifying the development process, low-code makes it easier to adopt these methods and realize their benefits. Here’s how:

Smaller, Independent Teams Move Faster

Because low-code development is faster, Appian teams can be smaller. And its visual development tools simplify software development, requiring fewer specialist skill sets. Therefore, Appian teams are often small, independent teams with all the skills needed to take an idea from origination to production. With the ability to communicate directly, they can quickly hand work between themselves as they build the application in short development cycles.

Modular Components Increase Agility

Instead of releasing every feature of an application at once, agile teams favor an approach where useful subsets of features are released incrementally. This allows the business to realize value faster. Appian applications, assembled from pre-built, modular components, are built for change. This makes it easy for teams to adapt to user feedback and drive better adoption.

Visual Tools Enable Better Teamwork

The business has traditionally communicated with IT through a document-driven process where complete requirements are handed “over the wall” to IT. IT then develops an application independently, operating with the information at hand, often leading to false assumptions. As a result, the finished product does not meet business needs. Following agile methods, teams break down this barrier, allowing the business to work closely with the development team throughout the process in order to steer the design of the application together. Low-code’s visual modeling tools makes it easier for developers and business team members to collaborate. Developers are able to quickly show interfaces and demonstrate application behavior in order to get fast feedback and make real-time adjustments.

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