The Founder’s Guide to Low-Code No-Code Terminology

The Founder’s Guide to Low-Code No-Code Terminology

Simon Jenner

Monday, 11 January 2021

A Must Learn New Dictionary of Terms For No-Code

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The early stages of establishing your first startup can be tricky. From validating your business idea to building an MVP for the startup, there is an entirely new dictionary of terms that you must learn, especially when utilising low-code no-code for the first time.
We understand how exhausting it can be as a new, non-technical founder to quickly turn to a Google search every time you hear a foreign no-code startup term you’ve not heard before. After all, you have more important things to spend your time and energy accomplishing. To make your life just a bit easier, we’ve compiled this useful glossary of low-code no-code terms for you so you can learn now and conversate like a professional founder later.

Agile Software Practices: Agile practices in no-code software development are focused on establishing the requirements that cross-functional teams require to support collaboration. Once these requirements have been identified, solutions are developed to benefit both the team and end-user.
aPaaS: aPaaS, or Application Platform as a Service, is the low-code no-code term for cloud-based software services that are used for developing, running, and managing applications through a subscription or recurring fee.
Business Process Automation (BPA): BPA refers to the automation of manual repetitive tasks in business processes. As a result, employees within a business show higher productivity and efficiency, as well as a decrease in human error.
Citizen Developer: Citizen developers are born from using low-code no-code technologies. This term refers to any individual, with or without any technical training, who develops an application, website, or business platform. Once you begin building your MVP with no-code, you will become a citizen developer.
Cloud Deployment: If your startup utilises cloud deployment, this means that your MVP app and data is stored in the cloud versus on-site or on a physical drive. This includes SaaS (Software as a Service) technology and allows your consumers to access your product on-demand.
Digitization: Perhaps your startup is founded on the idea of turning something that is analogue into a digital format - this is digitization.
Document Generation Software: Similar to digitization and with the help of low-code no-code, document generation software allows for digital users to design document templates with placeholders to be later populated with information. Within your startup’s business processes, this may include any invoices, contracts, proposals, orders, and quotes that you need to generate and share.
Low-Code Development: Low-code development is a great option for building your startup’s MVP app, though this process requires a touch of coding knowledge and is not very non-technical founder-friendly. Low-code development allows coders and developers to build applications quickly, without the need to hand-code, through dragging and dropping pre-established blocks of code into a workflow.
Lean Startup Methodology: The Lean Startup methodology was created by Eric Ries as a feedback loop of Build-Measure-Learn. Throughout this process, you first build your startup's MVP based on the market research you’ve conducted. Second, you measure your MVP by testing it among early-adopters in your target audience. Once you’ve gathered their feedback, you will learn from it by applying your findings into a new iteration. This cycle continues until you have developed an app for your startup that you are proud of - and even long after.
MVC: MVC, your Minimum Viable Campaign, is essentially your MVP for your marketing. Your MVC is the minimal amount of crafted marketing that will enable your startup to gain traction among your target consumer group. 
MVP: Your MVP, or Minimum Viable Product, is not some perfect version of your final app that is equipped with all of the bells and whistles you plan to offer consumers. Instead, the MVP is the bare minimum product that represents your business model and offerings, allowing you to gather key feedback from your target audience. We assure you, building a great MVP for your startup does not need to be an intimidating process.
No-Code Development: To put a definition to our favourite term, no-code development is democratizing the development process by offering non-technical founders the opportunity to build an app or website, no coding knowledge required. No-code tools often offer drag-and-drop functionalities, widgets, and pre-made templates, allowing any startup founder the opportunity to quickly build their startup's MVP without the extraneous time and financial costs associated with hiring a professional developer.
Omnichannel Application Development: This form of development involves creating an application for multiple channels, all at the same time. For example, if you would like your startup’s app to be available for both mobile and desktop users, omnichannel application development is a brilliant way to effectively and efficiently accomplish this.

As a new founder in the tech startup industry, you’ll likely encounter a few challenges - but learning low-code no-code terminology does not need to be one of them.
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