Using a Low Code Development Environment to Teach the Agile Methodology

The Agile development methodology is soaring in popularity in the business world. Companies are turning to Agile to develop products quickly and to achieve digital transformation of their organization. Because of this push, com-panies need employees who understand Agile. Therefore, higher education is obligated to provide an understanding of Agile to students as they enter the workplace. Providing Agile experience to students who are new to program-ming is difficult because they are so worried about the coding aspects of the as-signment, they cannot take time to think about the methodology they are using. The coding crowds out the time needed to get an understanding of how Agile actually works. One remedy for this is to use a low or no-code development platform. With this type of platform students spend less time learning to create apps, freeing them to experience the rituals and roles of Agile. This study exam-ines using the Agile methodology along with the Microsoft Power Apps plat-form to provide an Agile experience to students. Two course sections were sur-veyed to learn if students perceived that they acquired a better understanding of Agile and to learn their perceptions of a no-code platform experience. The stu-dents completed surveys to ascertain their comfort with the Agile methodology and whether the no-code environment increased their comfort level. The results showed students perceived the no-code platform increased their comfort with using the Agile methodology. The implication is that no-code platforms can be used broadly to help students to gain experience with Agile.

Mary Lebens
Session Format