Agile development methodology for some years has been synonymous with efficiency, performance, and professionalism in the application or software development process. Agile practices have already made the traditional waterfall development methodology obsolete. Agility here not only refers to the speed of development but an effective approach to preventing errors with concurrent testing and evaluation.
While in this article we are going to explain the key ways agile methodology is going to transform the future mobile app development for the better, we should begin with a proper definition and key aspects of this methodology.
What is Agile Methodology?
Agile development methodology refers to the practice of carrying out application development and testing concurrently throughout the development lifecycle for a project. Agile methodology facilitates continuous iteration and client collaboration as well as continuous interactions from the team members.
The Key Differences Between Agile And Waterfall Methodologies
Without having a clear understanding of how Agile development really differs from the traditional Waterfall method, we cannot fully ascertain the benefits of this development approach. Let’s look at the key differences below.
● In contrast to the waterfall method, agile development is much more flexible makes room for dynamic changes and continuous iteration.
● Waterfall method works through sequential stages whereas in agile development a project is divided into several sprints.
● In waterfall, the app testing is carried out at the end of building the entire app whereas in agile development testing is done concurrently or at the completion of every sprint.
● The agile methodology allows ha higher scope of collaboration with the client and coordination among team members, while Waterfall method comes with a rigid process with little scope of collaboration during the project.
Benefits of Agile Approach for Mobile App Development
Thanks to the highly iterative structure and unmatched scope of collaboration and coordination among the team members of a project and the clients, Agile has become the most sought-after app approach across mobile app development companies. Let us explain below the key reasons to choose Agile method for any app development project.
- Fast-paced Development
In an agile method, an app project is divided into several smaller sprints and several teams handling them as independent sub-projects work on them concurrently. Without little or no dependencies with each other, such concurrent handling of several smaller projects helps to build the entire app faster. Apart from this, just because everyone remains clear about the assigned responsibilities, the work is more streamlined and ensures a faster and better result.
- Lesser Risks
When undertaking a mobile app project you also need to consider the serious risks involved in terms of market acceptance. At times your app concept validated by some market data can actually be outdated at the time of launch. This is where Agile approach can help by allowing you to intervene during the project with new feedback and suggestions of changes. As Agile methodology facilitate continuous or frequent collaboration and iteration, you never have to risk launching an outdated app based on older market research. You can iterate during the project with the latest findings.
- Uncompromising Quality
The agile methodology allows continuous and concurrent testing instead of leaving the app testing task at the end of the entire project. As every sprint or sub-projects are separately tested just following their development, this minimizes the risk of coding errors or bugs remaining unchecked till the end of the project. With a little scope of finding bugs at the later stage, you can ensure optimum app performance and uncompromising quality.
- Streamlined Project Handling
For app development companies Agile method offers really a transforming effect by streamlining the entire project in a seamless manner. All the worries of the project managers are literally gone with the ease of handling each smaller modules independently while ensuring optimum speed by the concurrent development of several modules by different teams. Such a modular development approach also helps developers concentrate on their assigned tasks and stay clear of dependencies on other teams.
- Improved User Experience
Agile development method as we mentioned earlier makes room for clients to collaborate with the developers. This, in turn, helps clients to vote with suggestions and iterate frequently to ensure improved user experience. The agile method also delivers the project output as segregated sprints for the clients to evaluate and this opens up scopes to make value additions with every aspect. This ensures transparency and better project outcome as per the expectation of the clients.
- You Are in Control of Budget
When you break up a project into smaller modules and know the development and execution challenges, you can give a better and detailed idea of the project budget. This gives the client more control on the cost parameters and at certain times they can opt for doing away with a feature or two of the initial release. With an Agile approach, the development cost of each constituent part remains transparent and helps to make decisions.
- Ideal for MVP
The agile mobile app development approach is also ideal for Minimum Viable Product (MVP) apps that are developed with minimum features and is set to be developed further with subsequent value additions. As most development companies are opting for MVPs, in the beginning, to evaluate the scope and make value additions over time, the modular approach of Agile development gives them more control. Thanks to Agile approach the companies can evaluate their app and come with updates for each module to build the app further.
- Early Marketability
Thanks to faster development and modular approach the marketers of the app have a detailed and comprehensive idea of the product very early and this helps them reach out to the audience more easily. Apart from completing the development within the stipulated timeline, the marketers can also make a better per-launch marketing campaign.
Agile methodology in more ways than one came as the well-equipped approach to boost user engagement and business conversion through mobile app development. From ensuring optimum performance to streamlining development process to taking care of development cost and time, the agile approach is packed with everything that modern app development services look for.
Atman Rathod is the Co-founder at CMARIX TechnoLabs Pvt. Ltd., a leading web and mobile app development company with 13+ years of experience. He loves to write about technology, startups, entrepreneurship and business. His creative abilities, academic track record and leadership skills made him one of the key industry influencers as well.