Software development methodology might not sound sexy, but it has massive implications for how mobile-enabled companies do business (which is basically every successful business on earth at this point). How you or your developer operates within the development space impacts everything — time to market, cost of delivery, functionality, features, everything. So let us introduce you to the newest, biggest development in development:
Throughout the past decade, software developers have generally moved away from a waterfall methodology toward agile. Instead of waiting for everything in one stage of development to reach completion before moving onto the next stage, agile prized flexibility, speed and iteration, allowing development shops to organize outstanding work into sprint efforts — short and finite periods of exertion closely tracked and built upon from one sprint to the next.
The mobile landscape definitely lends itself to agile development more so than waterfall. Nimbleness, adaptability, and the ability to pivot? Hallmarks of mobile apps; all better served by agile.
Well mobile lovers, welcome to continuous delivery — agile on speed.
Continuous delivery is the next step in the evolution of mobile development and delivery. Instead of organizing all the work into sprints, developing all the features of the app piecemeal over time, and then eventually setting them all into a live environment all at once, continuous delivery allows next generation solutions providers to push individual new features to a live environment at the push of a button almost anywhere along the project timeline.
Some hallmarks of continuous delivery:
So how does a mobile solutions provider achieve continuous delivery?
First, they have to be in lockstep with every stakeholder involved in delivery. Only through true collaboration can a radical ideal like continuous delivery take flight.
And second, the solutions provider has to automate every possible part of the delivery process.
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