Twelve and a half years ago, I was a no-code developer wanna-be. Quick Base was a mystical, magical tool that I wanted to get to know so much better.
Today, I own Team707, which provides process assessment, debugging and enhancement, full-service Quick Base native and custom development, and support for organizational administrators and developers on their own Quick Base journeys.
My journey to no-code development
I graduated college with a business administration degree. Having caught the educator bug while working in student services, I immediately shifted gears and followed a path toward public and private education organizations. Over many subsequent years, I held roles as an educator and/or organization operations manager, serving populations as diverse as fifth graders in an urban school; college students in a Midwestern agriculture setting; new city motorcyclists; and schools across western United States.
In 2004, I was introduced to Quick Base as part of a new operations position, where my focus was on developing and streamlining organizational workflow. As an aficionado of details, it was love at first sight. Quick Base had the potential to reduce the challenges related to Excel and paper processes while increasing efficiency and effectiveness.
My enthusiasm for Quick Base led to my involvement in a company taskforce that defined a re-design of our Quick Base application for use in the field. This turned out to be a transformational occasion for me. I generated long lists of requirements and hopes for the new app—even though the magic of defining relationships, a full array of fields, and structure was not a language I spoke yet.
My Quick Base use and understanding continued to grow and in 2006, I jumped into Quick Base work as a consulting solutions provider. My work involved building Quick Base apps to solve problems and provide support for administrators and users. As a coach and trainer who seeks the thrill of others’ “ah-ha” learning moments, coupled with my ability to comprehend big goals to structure and debug workflow, this work was a perfect match.
Eleven years of process assessment and problem solving for different sized companies and industries provided me with deep insight into the realities of organizational functioning. It also showed me how Quick Base technology could set organizations up for transformational success.
Pathways to transformation
Organizations that leverage the Quick Base platform understand that the most intense knowledge acquisition happens at the beginning of the journey, but learning is an ever-present opportunity as organizational needs and desires evolve.
As was true when I started in Quick Base in 2004, there is an amazing Quick Base community of folks who have experienced/solved/considered most challenges that come along. Quick Base resources are tremendous. They include online help, knowledge base, community resources, webinars, training, customer support, partners, organic meet-up groups, and unofficial online communities, to name a few. And because it is customized to the administrator/developer’s specific learning style and apps, working with a coach is another option that provides a one-on-one approach for quickly elevating know-how.
Make the most of your app building approach
Quick Base has the potential to dramatically transform any company and raise the bar of achievement for us all. My own Quick Base journey illustrates the change potential, and there are so many inspirational stories of transformation in the Quick Base community. I’d like to leave you with some best practices that have served me well over the years.
Be curious—When building new apps or structure, actively investigate. Talk to all categories of users who could be impacted, and uncover all potential needs. Even if information gained does not apply to the immediate problem to solve, it may unearth possible future phases of work. In turn, this helps determine the optimal structural approach for the current project to support this potential future work.
Be a formula master—Two primary suggestions for formula building:
- If spending more than ten minutes debugging a formula, stop. Return to the problem the next morning or a few hours later with a fresh brain. It almost always resolves quickly the second time around.
- For more complex formulas with multiple conditions and related actions, add one line at a time, then save and check that the formula is properly populating as you build the layers.
Be a conduit—The role of a Quick Base developer allows insight into organizational functionality and process that very few people get access to. Share the gift of this connection and understanding across your organization. Celebrate successes publicly.
Come join us and see for yourself the difference that Quick Base can make.
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