Visibility and Clarity - How Notionmind Approaches Resource Allocation

Written By: Manthan Desai
February 7, 2024
3 min read

This guest post is from Manthan Desai, Technology Leader at Notionmind®. Manthan manages low-code application development projects, using Quickbase to build business-critical applications.

At Notionmind®, we focus on assigning and managing resources to make sure that our projects are not just well-resourced, but also poised for excellence. Here’s a step-by-step guide to how we take on low-code application development, and some tips on what you can do:

Step 1: Project Scoping and Requirement Analysis

We start with a comprehensive understanding of project scopes and requirements. A well-documented Project scope document really helped us in the past while working with clients where his/her native language is not English. So, project scoping is taken at the beginning to kick off the process.

Step 2: Skill Mapping for Low-Code Proficiency

Once we sign-off on the Project Scope Document, we move to skill mapping. Given the unique skill set which is required for low-code development, we conduct a meticulous analysis of our team's proficiency. Mapping their skills to the specific capabilities of the low-code platform ensures that tasks are assigned to individuals who can take advantage of the full potential of the technology.

Step 3: Capacity Planning - with Rapid Development in Mind

The rapid development behind low-code requires a nuanced approach to capacity planning. We assess the adaptability and learning curve of our team. That way, we can capitalize on the platform's speed without overwhelming our resources. This guarantees a balanced workload and efficient project progression. 

Step 4: Utilizing Low-Code Development Accelerators

We identify ways to jumpstart the process as we allocate resources. These could be pre-built templates, reusable components, or modules that expedite the development process. By strategically incorporating these accelerators, we can optimize our resources and make our projects more efficient.

Step 5: Flexibility in Resource Allocation

As project requirements evolve, our resource allocation strategy evolves with it. Whether it's scaling up or down, low-code's flexibility enables us to adjust on the fly without compromising project timelines. Detailed project scoping makes this less common at Notionmind®, but we’re always ready when things change.

Step 6: Collaboration and Cross-Training

Collaboration is at the core of our resource allocation philosophy. We encourage cross-training within the team, ensuring that members are proficient not only in their specialized areas but also possess a broad understanding of the entire low-code development process. This cross-functional approach helped us tremendously as it enhances flexibility in resource allocation.

Step 7: Continuous Monitoring and Iterative Feedback

Continuously monitoring project progress is something I recommend for all. Feedback throughout the process will proactively identify areas for improvement. This ensures that our projects remain on track and aligned with client needs.

Step 8: Proactive Risk Mitigation

While low-code development makes projects quicker and more efficient, it's not immune to risks. Proactive risk management is integrated into our resource allocation strategy. This includes preparing for potential bottlenecks, ensuring data security compliance, and having contingency plans for unforeseen challenges.

Embracing the Low-Code Learning Curve

Acknowledging that low-code development may be a shift for some team members, we encourage continuous learning at Notionmind®. Training programs and workshops keep our team learning and ensure that we’re well-equipped to tackle our projects with low-code.

In conclusion, resource allocation in low-code application development is a dynamic and collaborative process. By aligning our strategies with the agility and efficiency offered by low-code platforms, we not only ensure well-resourced projects but also set the stage for innovation and client satisfaction.

Manthan Desai, Notionmind
Written By: Manthan Desai

Manthan Desai is a Technology Leader at Notionmind®.