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The process of developing a mobile app is not without its challenges, and every stage of the developmental process has its complications. Ultimately, the most important concern remains how well the mobile app will be received by its target market. However, the technical issues are just as important as the intended customer experience.
All mobile app developers are conscious of the fact that irrespective of how detailed and well thought out the app development process is, some things will not be accounted for. And something could get out of line. It is in these cases that agile methodology comes into play.
Agile Development – What it is.
In the past, the process of developing a mobile app was very straight forward. During this time, a typical mobile app project started with a design of what is to be created and the proposed methodology for achieving it. It was the sole responsibility of the project manager to keep every project member up to tasks even in the face of development challenges. Undoubtedly, this process wasn’t time effective, and lots of resources were needed.
The agile methodology of mobile app development of this present day involves the compartmentalization of tasks in the mobile app development process into minor parts called “sprints.” This methodology enabled tasks to be completed in shorter periods, reduced redundancies as well as project success dependency on a few groups. For the first time in mobile app development history, new features could be implemented rapidly and quality testing could be done with more ease.
The Agile methodology has helped shaped mobile app development to what it is today. Some of the ways by which it disrupted the mobile app development process include:
Every app developer has at one time, or the other had to debug blocks of code. This process can be difficult especially if the codes are much or were written a long time ago. Since agile projects are modular, mobile app developers get to save a great deal of time during debugging. The code snippets (or sprints) can be tested individually.
Although the agile method of product development can be applied to a vast number of products and software platforms, it is most suited for the mobile phone platform. It can be easily adapted to the restrictions of mobile development. For projects that are implemented with an agile framework, the end user experience can be met seamlessly.
In some instances, the need arises for mobile app developers to cut back on some features within the app or reshape the User Interface to create a different user experience. In cases where the apps had been developed with the traditional means, the process becomes burdensome. Agile development, on the other hand, affords developers ease and flexibility as the core design of the app doesn’t need to be changed but easily modified.
The mobile app market is a fast-changing environment. Apps are constantly being developed, and over time they must be improved. Customers give their feedback and criticize various products, and these feedbacks need to be worked on if these customers are to be retained. The agile process makes it easier to update the mobile app design, unlike the traditional approach.