Agile for mobile apps – why is it important?
Speed and agility are fundamental when developing mobile apps. The world has shifted from desktop to mobile and agile has finally come of age. Agile is important because it enables enterprises to dissect mobile projects into smaller, thin-sliced chunks. It facilitates the integration of quality assurance, documentation and continuous review into each bite-sized element of the project. Agile fits together beautifully with mobile.
1.) Mobile app teams using agile are more likely to succeed
The mobile app development environment is lighting quick, uncertain and susceptible to rapid change. The entry costs of mobile development are low and the demands of such projects are dynamic and highly unpredictable. Start-up companies appear everyday and develop apps faster than you’re able to create the accompanying project documentation. Running a successful mobile app development team is all about how quickly you’re able to respond to user feedback. Without a suitable project management framework for your mobile app, that enables rapid iterations based on real world data, your project will be prone to failure.
2.) Agile enables you to launch your app quickly
It’s very difficult to launch a successful mobile app. It’s essential that your app is pushed into the market as quickly as possible. Once your app is launched, you can think about incrementally developing the user experience based on user feedback. If you want your app to be successful, your team need to consider how to implement agile practices. You need to think about creating a minimum viable product, continuous deployment and iteration of your app, split testing and creating a series actionable metrics.
3.) Agile enables you to increase the lifespan of your app
One of the biggest obstacles in developing a mobile app is optimising it’s lifespan. Mobile app infrastructure and hardware evolves very quickly which gives the average app a useful lifespan of roughly 12 months. In order to launch a functional and useful mobile app, developers need to work fast to create a solution. Agile development provides a framework that will maximise the lifecycle of your app. Nobody expects your app to be perfect when it launches and using agile facilitates an iterative and incremental approach that fits perfectly with the rapidly evolving requirements of mobile projects. Agile helps mobile projects adapt to changing consumer needs whilst being responsive to the changing needs of businesses who commission mobile projects.
Here at Waracle, we love agile, we’ve been using it for years. You could even say it’s been the secret of our success in mobile and working with such amazing customers. Our developers love it and our customers love it too. We recently developed a mobile app for WorkPlace Systems. WorkPlace Systems have offices in the UK, USA and Australia and provide mobile software for workplace employee scheduling. Ronan O’Dulaing, Chief Product Officer at WorkPlace Systems had this to say about the Waracle mobile development team: