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New book by DEJ's editor on citizen development and domain expertise

Monday, September 6, 2021

DEJ's editor has published a book on how to support domain experts in companies to become citizen developers, partly targeted at younger professionals.

The book explores the idea that people with specialist needs for software can have more of a role in developing it, which is known as "citizen development".

This book explains why this is a good idea, why it is an important idea, and how to make it happen.

It shows what the obstacles are and provide some 'mental' tools which can help overcome them - themes, abstraction and scripted thinking. We'll give some examples about how it can work, and where it can lead to.

The book uses the term 'domain expert' for someone who has specialist expertise which is relevant to a certain area of an organisation's activities. That is an enormous range of people - examples can be senior management, people who operate and fix equipment, people who plan cleaning rosters, people who diagnose patients or make marketing plans.

This book is about these domain experts becoming citizen developers, developing and improving the software that they use.




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