Balancing Overall Quality Against Development Speed in Mobile Apps

Balancing Overall Quality Against Development Speed in Mobile Apps
Building a mobile app is a delicate balancing act: how can you ensure that you retain the quality while keeping the speed needed to get to market?

How to balance overall quality against rapid development in any mobile app project: a thread ⬇️

(also useful if you build in public)

Project managers and their teams regularly struggle to meet three critical criteria in any initiative: quality, speed, and cost 1️⃣2️⃣3️⃣

The best PMs know how to balance all three; ensuring the fast delivery of an excellent software product with a minimal outlay of expenses.

When a mobile app development team enjoys a copious amount of resources – like those part of a successful digital agency builder – balancing quality with the speed of development becomes the focus.

When it comes to mobile app development, time is of the essence.

Why? 🤔

Because the strong demand for captivating mobile apps requires faster development cycles to quickly meet this need. ✅

Adopting concepts like continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) provide mobile app shops with the process maturity necessary to craft high-quality software with dispatch.

Any shop needs to consider CI, CD, and DevOps for a mature and fast approach to crafting best-of-breed mobile apps. 👟👟

Simply stated, CI automates some of the more time-consuming aspects of any software development process, most notably application testing and builds.

It also usually leverages a cloud-based architecture and virtualization for development, QA, and production environments, a DevOps approach making it suitable for automation 🤖

A CI environment quickly detects if any checked-in code changes break the build, informing the development team in an almost instantaneous fashion.

Shops with a non-automated process must wait until a build happens before discovering any integration problems. In the end, this approach became obsolete once automated building and testing tools became available 👎

CD takes a similar automated approach as CI, but this time involving a mobile app’s release process.

In the case of a mobile app, CD effectively becomes the last step before an app gets submitted to the App Store and Google Play where Apple’s or Alphabet’s internal teams vets the app before making it available for purchase and download.

It also plays a key role in engendering the trust of the user, with mobile apps generally enjoying regular updates for fixes and new features. CD and CI remain critical components of any mature software development process.

The key benefit of CI, CD, and DevOps simply relates to automation making certain tasks faster and less prone to errors ❌


⏺️ Craft wireframes for the UI and UX

⏺️ Build a minimum viable product (MVP)

⏺️ Partner with a digital agency well-versed in mobile app development

⏺️ Leverage existing programming libraries and SDKs when possible

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Andrew Amann
Andrew Amann
Building a NineTwoThree Studio
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