Why Agile Methodology Is a Need for Mobile Development

By CIOReview | Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Capturing the attention of millions of fans, game developers watched in astonishment as Pokemon Go, by Nintendo, became an instant hit. The game brings together the two cool features: Augmented Reality (AR), and Geolocation. With more than 21 million daily active users in the U.S. alone, the game has hit no. 1 in the iOS App Store (on both the Free and Top Grossing Top Charts). In a surprise take, Nintendo has suggested to customize the in-game PokéStop and explore its popularity. It is known that ‘The Big Turn’ lies in the concept of an application but, holds true only after defining organization’s niche for development with better understanding of what lies next.

In a recent survey ‘Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms’ by Gartner, Adobe has been recognized as one of the leadersfor its cross-platform development and management during the full life-cycle of the application. Apart from Adobe there are tons of mobile applications available which are used to perform user’s desired tasks. It has been observed that countless smartphone users utilize mobile applications, and the flip side is most users uninstall their mobile app after completing their desired task which includes social media applications and personalization apps. Listed are some reasons for why users choose other mobile applications and bin the existing:

• Usefulness and User-Friendly: Users are not willing to waste their phone memory on applications which are not useful. So before developing mobile applications make sure about the audience who will use it. Applications keep on getting heavier as long as they are used—consuming endless amount of data. This factor might affect the performance of the application. For instance, Google Maps is a heavy application consuming high data but is seen on every user’s mobile device; most users do not uninstall this type of useful application.

A good UX (User Experience) is a result of ease-of-use UI (User Interface). Nobody wants to waste their time in searching for options to get their work done rather they need fewer efforts to achieve the objectives. A simple UI application can fetch better UX as it reduces the time taken by the user to find application functions which are necessary to complete a desired task.

• Security and privacy: Feeling unsafe with the applications installed is suspected to be a host for malware, and users are also worried about their data being breached and stolen. Users do not prefer applications which ask for too much permission during authentication. And this leads to a huge discrepancy between the download numbers and the actual number of people who have retained the applications.       

• Performance: Performance tops the list when it comes to being the reason for uninstallation. It happens to be the hygiene factor—when users do not notice any problem (crash and freeze) then usage goes well when noticed users uninstall the applications. And none of the users likes to have a slow application on their mobile device. To empower the performance of mobile applications, ‘Agile’ methods are used as a new approach in software development.

Why Agile methodology?

Agile development practice simplifies the mobile application development process so that the resulting mobile apps are adaptable after the release.The process of agile development involves simple design which is the architecture of extensive team co-operation. The process also involves the release of the application within a short period of time by modifying the change and using it as an advantage.

• HighBusiness engagement: Agile development practice provides multiple opportunities for stakeholders and user representatives in every stage of the development process which improves the transparency and collaboration between the project team and clients. This co-operation enhances the flexibility to change whenever needed, creating a high-quality software.

• Quality Oriented application: The key factor in agile development is testing which is involved throughout the life-cycle of the software application. This offers a clear insight of necessary adjustments to be made during the development process. Also, agile practices incorporate changes by addressing feedbacks from the demos, customer, and usability testing.

• Allows for change: Even after the project delivery the project team refines and reprioritizes the overall product backlog. The new approach to software development allows new and changed backlogs to be incorporated within a short span of time or in the next iteration. This flexibility in practice attracts more users and also improves the business value of the software applications.

• Cost and Price: The agile development methodology improves business value, so is the cost benefit.The development team develops software, focusing on what is important for the business.The scope of product and features are variable, rather than the cost. Also, the costs are predictable as each sprint in during the development period are fixed and planned. This helps the clients to understand the approximate cost of each feature, helping them in making quick decisions about the features and additional iterations.

• Faster Delivery: Agile methodology is well-known for its fast delivery of software applications to its clients and customers. It leverages time-boxed, fixed schedule sprints of 1-4 weeks. Since the sprints are predictable, new features are delivered swiftly and frequently. Further, the release or beta test software applications are provided early than planned, thanks to the Agile practice.

Today, agile has become a powerful software development tool, while providing benefits to the business and clients alongside assisting developing teams to bypass certain project pitfalls in a controlled manner. It helps in reorganizing and re-envisioning the undertakings involved in custom software development.