Today’s business executives are quickly moving towards incorporating mobile devices as invaluable tools to manage and operate their departments’ operations. If this is a step you are considering taking, a little research on the topic will probably convince you that the ROI on introducing mobile devices as a means to increase productivity is quite significant.
However, most business executives are sometimes under huge pressure from their superiors to not only add additional features to the software as the project progresses, but to also unravel the project in an incredibly tight deadline: as a result, the testing phase is often quickly run and shelved as complete— leaving you, the executive, with a product about which you know little, that still has bugs, and which might not satisfy the end user after all.
When you want to deploy a mobile device project quickly and efficiently, you must have the appropriate methodology. In today’s IT world, the most advanced and reputable methodology available for mobile device testing and other software development is AGILE.
The AGILE software development philosophy is centered on a series of short development cycles called “Sprints”, which take one feature of your project and brings it to completion in a short period of time, ready to be deployed. Sprints are variable in duration and can range from an estimate of one hour to one month.
Of course, many Sprints comprise the software development or mobile device testing phase of any given project. So which Sprint will your developers be working on first?23
This is an essential question in the AGILE methodology, and it is answered with the help of the User Story Backlog, which is the technical term for the list of features and requirements needed or simply requested by the end-user of the software or mobile device application.
As the client, the AGILE methodology enables you to access your product as each Sprint is completed, so you can see, test and evaluate the functionality of your new product. This is a proven way to effectively facilitate mobile device testing throughout your organization.
The AGILE workflow process also perfects the art of communicating effectively and consistently with the help of a facilitator (known as the Scrum Master). AGILE team members meet every day for a 10 minute stand-up meeting in order to account for their work the day prior, to plan their work that day, and to voice any obstacles that were encountered.
The role of the Scum Master is to ensure the project is being deployed on budget and on schedule, and to ensure each team member has every tool they need to succeed in the Sprint.
Are you considering deploying a mobile application or are you ready to explore how mobile devices can increase your bottom line or service delivery? If so, make sure it will be deployed with AGILE!