As promising mobile app development methodologies (Agile and Waterfall) foster delivery of mobile applications; unclear requirements, poor planning, incapable resources, unrealistic deadlines and unattained risk factors increase the number of failed IT projects throughout the industry. According to Innotas research, more than half of the IT projects fail every year mostly due to poor planning and execution.
The problem is not necessarily that there is shortage of project management professionals or relevant tools to overcome project failures. Primarily, the problem is with the resource allocations and aligning those resources with business goals.
The rapidly evolving digital era around us, demand businesses to be quick with the implementation and deployment of the latest technologies and innovations.
Having said this, for emerging apps to acquire the centre stage, it must walk on a tight-rope.
Leaders coming up with app ideas (game, enterprise or utility), often find themselves at the crossroads when it comes to banking on a mobile app development company.
Cygnet has been dealing with clients who have fallen prey to over ambitious and futile planning. The financial impact of these failed IT projects is significant. Needless to mention, its competitive impact on their businesses.
There is no secret to our track record of delivering more than 83% projects successfully. Our base is Agile Principles combined with Scrum and related engineering practices.
- We respect fundamentals
- Coordinate with talents
- Point them to a central goal
Here is how we nurture a win-win relationship.
Step 1 – Value addition
Our Business Development Manager tries to understand the client’s idea, and then brings on board a technology expert that further adds value to the client’s idea.
They identify whether native or cross platform mobile apps would suffice the client’s need. Based on this clarity, we share previous experiences to successfully anchor the project right from the outset. (e.g. we recently developed an end-to-end eCommerce solution that increased sales by 67%),
Features are mostly shared by the client, but, there are projects in which we further add value to the features of the app.
“Tentative feature listing is sent to the client within 24 hours.”
Step 2 – Risk Analysis
On understanding requirements and the desired outcomes, we perform technical analysis and risk analysis (especially projects involving API integration with third party applications), and formulate a risk mitigation strategy around the project. Also, we create a bench around every project to accelerate project execution as and when required.
Step 3 – The Project Kick-off
On laying foundation of the project, (does not take more than 3 days), commercials, timelines, pre-requisites and deliverables are planned and agreed. The Business Development Manager introduces client to the key stakeholders of the project that include - project’s point of contact (POC), technical lead, pre-sales and the development team members for effective and transparent communication.
“Our mobile app development approach promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery, a time-boxed iterative approach, and encourages rapid and flexible response to change.”
Step - 4 (Option 1) – Agile app development methodology
A high-level roadmap of the product is defined at the beginning considering the;
- Business solution
- Target audience
- Revenue model
- Business decisions
The functional requirements are broken-down in to user stories, which then become the foundation of the mobile app development schedule. While planning sprints, ‘The Definition of Done’ is defined and agreed with the client.
“Each sprint cycle comprises of developers, designers and testers for quick and interim releases.”
After every sprint, ‘Sprint Retrospective Meeting’ is conducted to analyse achievements, failures, techniques that worked and how risks (if any) can be minimized in the coming sprints.
- Prior to beginning the second sprint, product backlog (if any) is communicated by the scrum master to the team and corrective actions are taken
- Product owner – the client, prioritizes the work
This is how the sprint cycles are managed.
Project health check – a parallel process during development
After the project kick-off, health check-up of the project is performed (weekly or bi-weekly) based on the size of the project.
In agile app development approach,
- Weekly or bi-weekly retrospective meetings are conducted
- Sprint status and risks are assessed
“Agile app development methodology is recommended if change in the features are expected on the fly.”
Step - 4 (Option -2) Waterfall Development Methodology
Based on the requirements captured during the initial rounds of meeting with the client, our Business Analyst readies wireframes considering the;
- User experience
- Business logic
- Market trends
- Target audience
Bringing wireframes to life
On approval of the wireframes, designers work on the design around the business theme and pass-on three non-functional prototype options to the client for approval. This phase has room for three rounds of iteration.
On approval of the designs, PSDs are sent to the developers to start integrating the functionalities.
Once the development kick starts, developers write unit test cases and gets them approved by the client.
In between, if there is any change request raised, the developer creates a change request document with its impact and timelines.
During the testing phase, functional test cases are written by the tester, and non-functional test cases by the QA.
The application is tested on the staging server (replica of the production server), beta testing and load testing are performed parallelly.
Once the testing is complete, the app is then deployed (on-premise / cloud) to production and tested again rigorously.
“In case, other associated applications are going to be affected during deployment, the downtime is calculated and reported at the beginning.”
In waterfall application development methodology,
- The completed work is mapped against the masterplan
- Based on the requirement, resources are increased or decreased
“Waterfall project development methodology is recommended only if the requirements are very clear and concrete from the beginning.”
At Cygnet, our teams are committed to staying abreast with the rapidly evolving technology trends and development approaches in the Window, Android and iPhone mobile app development space.
Based on different parameters, we tune our processes that complement the development of mobile application enabling interim releases to track deliverables and rethink change or addition in features if need arises.
The primary objective of our development approach as a dependable technology partner is to focus on delivering cutting-edge mobile applications facilitating a strong market presence for businesses.
We facilitate mobile app development services with a rich library of components and smart frameworks that help to accelerate the development and delivery. To experience our rapid application development services, drop in your inquiries at – firstname.lastname@example.org.