Mobile apps are known to deliver the one on one personalized user experience to your customer. The key to success in today's marketplace is incomparable customer experience. The one who has mastered the art of delivering effortless and simplified user engagement is the king of its industry segment.
However, in-house Mobile App Development is an expensive and lengthy process. You have to recruit and manage a dedicated workforce of an excellent software development team including software developers, business intelligence, UI/UX designers, project manager and many more. Plus there is the long and tedious process of debugging. In the 21st century, the success of your business depends on successful implementation and adoption of digital infrastructure. A small mistake in the planning and executing can cost incredible time and cost. You are in a competitive marketplace and project delivery on time and budget is crucial to stay relevant in the market.
According to a study by Statista, About 48 percent of projects fail on account of poorly documented requirements. Another 40 percent are ended by inadequate funding, and 37 percent die due to poor management. In the effort of avoiding these problems, you should consider outsourcing the project to a vendor. However, you should not expect the project to succeed unless you and your vendor can agree on project requirements and development environment.
In the software development business, there are four strategies that managers traditionally choose from to build their applications. Each of these tactics has their distinct advantages and disadvantages. To succeed, managers should champion documentation and measurable metrics for each step in the mobile app development process with the vendor.
Software Development Models
The critical element of successful mobile app development is the selection of right methodology. The methodology does not only relates to process but to the timeline, goals, milestones and budget management. Every project is different and has unique requirements. Application of the right mobile app development model is crucial to the project delivery on time and budget.
In the Waterfall, model developers follow strict set milestones in the evolution of the software development.
- Software design
Using this model all development begins by establishing the specifications of the product. At this step, the UI designers are responsible for creating the layout and flow of the software. Only after this is done can developers proceed with the coding of the software application. At the completion of coding, the mobile app is beta-tested and deployed at its destination.
The advantage of the Waterfall method is that it is very well validated. It is valuable given that the specifications are well established ahead of coding. The trouble with of the Waterfall method is its inflexibility. Any serious mistakes caught in testing can be costly to fix.
RAD or Rapid Application Development squeezes all of the above steps into a continuous process. It is the goal of the project manager to deliver the smallest functional version at the earliest date. Any deficiencies in the previous release are corrected in the next update. Development then proceeds until all of the original specifications are met.
RAD is very useful for small projects like mobile application development. It offers managers quick feedback on the performance of the project. The drawback of this approach is that it is challenging to implement for complex systems.
In 1988, Barry Boehm proposed combining the Waterfall method with RAD to make the Spiral model. The goal of the Spiral model is implementing the iterative techniques of RAD with the structured Waterfall method. The Spiral is aimed at accelerating the development of large, complicated projects by statistically analyzing the application for the most error-prone elements of the system.
The Spiral is ideally suited for evaluating large systems. It isn’t cost effective to execute on small mobile applications projects.
The Agile technique is a composite of two methods, Extreme Programming, and Scrum. Extreme Programming is just another form of RAD. The distinct difference is with Scrum, which is managed by cross-functional experts. It is their job to coordinate the testing, analysis, and deployment between the diverse teams. It is similar to RAD in that each iteration is known as a sprint. The Scrum terminology originates from the authors Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka, both fans of Rugby.
Scrum is ideally tailored for managing large systems because it permits developers the flexibility to iterate discrete components before they are integrated into the final package.
You should, however, be aware that the adoption of development mythology still won’t guarantee success every time. Jobs can still fail for a variety of reasons. Managers can set unrealistic goals for the application. Specifications can be changed frequently. The technology could be undeveloped, and the list continues.
To succeed you still need a process. Back in the 1980s, Watts Humphrey of Carnegie Mellon University advocated that software developers are necessary to adhere to a process. While I am aware that I just explained the conventional methods, none of these processes include metrics. Watts champions the application of measurable parameters to each step of the process from the establishment of requirements to the testing of the final application. In the conventional approach, software developers begin working when they receive the specifications. This process can be disorderly despite the best intentions of managers.
The alternative is a Managed system, where each step is subject to measurable metrics. Still more advanced Defined systems apply documentation to each step of the process. Defined systems can unlock additional benefits. Once you have documentation on your processes, you can analyze your present performance against your past performance. This is a Quantitatively Managed development system. The pinnacle of development processes is the Optimized system. With the Optimized development, approach managers have clear documentation on the development process and results. This offers management the rare opportunity to apply Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) techniques to your development. For example, if you know that your requirements for data-analytics are challenging to integrate with your mobile application: you could choose to redefine the specification or use another approach.
In the end, the selection of an external developer is as important a decision as the building of the application itself. Sometimes even the most well-planned mobile app development efforts crash because of unrealistic goals, specifications, or poor communication. For a project to succeed; it is vital for the customer to establish clear communication and expectations for the software developer at the start. That still might not guarantee success. Software development is a process, and it is vital that managers adhere to a framework before the first line of code is written. Developers have traditionally used the structured Waterfall method, but it can be too inflexible for some jobs. RAD, Agile, and Spiral are other alternatives. It is also essential for the customer to establish metrics for the process because progress should be measurable.
Konverge Digital is at the vanguard of custom software development and mobile application development with measurable metrics for each milestone of the project. With over 24 years of experience in the mobile application development industry, our team of expert software development and project managers have mastered almost every methodology to take your project from concept to reality. Having worked with some of the biggest names of the industry, we pride ourselves as a customer-centric organization. Whether you are planning to develop a new enterprise software, mobile app solution or want to upgrade and salvage the existing software solution. Konverge is your best partner in enterprise software solution and mobile app development in Toronto, Canada. With over 25 years of software development experience under our belt, we offer the best software solutions services to meet the needs of digital adaptation and technology advancement. Fill out our quick consultation form to get your project quote and estimated price or contact us at 1-866-640-2345.