Talking about the latest trend in customized mobile app development, the Fail Fast methodology is the way to be, ensuring that the audience at the end of the line is ultimately happy and content with its mobile experience. As developers, we are hard-wired to believe that failing fast means rendering software fragile (which could be true to some extent) unless we understand the fact that it is better to fail now rather than cause customers the trouble to request for a troubleshoot.
How does it work- Fail Fast and customization?
It is a complex process that involves in-depth planning as any other customization does. First and foremost, it is important to identify the customer’s requirements. The developers get to work to understand if the client has the capability or scope to invest in the SDLC lifecycle for a customized product.
Then comes the decision of whether to stick with a mobile app or a web app. Certain things come into action here. For example, the consideration that the lifespan of mobile devices is shorter than that of a desktop. Accompanied by constant releases of apps and technologies, developers need to follow the agile dynamics of custom mobile app development before starting the app design.
A combination of Fail Fast methodology and Agile Methodology does the trick here, especially because custom mobile app development has to sync with the ever-changing platform dynamics of iOS, Android, and Windows.
How does Fail Fast help?
It helps in debugging. Simple. During the SDLC, when there’s something goes wrong, the application stops and the error message helps to detect, diagnose and correct the error. The Fail Fast, thus helps in building more reliable software, while reducing development and maintenance costs. It also prevents frustrations and catastrophes that could otherwise risk appearing in production mode.
It must be remembered that even if a bug doesn’t lead to a severe failure, it is always best to detect it as soon as possible. This is because the cost of fixing a bug will exponentially rise with every passing day in the development cycle. The consequences of bugs appearing during development mode are generally not harmful because the customer doesn’t complain, and money is not lost. The graph provided below provides a full insight into the relationship that debugging shares with project development.
Fail Fast + Agile Methodology = Robust application
Failing fast is commonly considered good practice in software development, especially when it is accompanied by the agile methodology. How about if the client you are working for has a part to take in all your decisions during the SDLC lifecycle? Right from the designing stage to the debugging stage, keeping the client in the loop is the key factor that makes agile methodology widely popular and important.
The integration and test phases typically identify the Fail Fast methodology used in an agile setup. Every debugging episode brings in the next iteration until the best outcome is achieved.
How design thinking adds a new dimension
A whopping 70% of the projects fail due to the lack of acceptance by the user. But why does that happen in the first place? Lack of client involvement at the prototyping stage, lack of prototypes, the end product is believed to slow the process down, fails to address the problem the client had approached the developer with, or even introduces more issues to the system.
That’s where the traditional approach and a design thinking approach vary. Complex, you might judge, but understand the minuscule level at which clients can see what they are being offered and also test it at an initial stage to reduce the unsatisfactory quotient.
Every prototype helps identify the bugs or loopholes, if any, thus reducing the cost it takes in making the product from scratch if the user does not like it. Additionally, it also helps the product stay in trend given the dynamic environment software functions in. It is not unknown that technology tends to evolve every six months, a prototype gives both the developer and the client/user the scope to fail fast and make the required customizations as per the trend.
Finding the correct software developer company
There is no room for imagination as to who could be your best partner in the entire process of customized software development for mobile applications. All the above-mentioned factors are crucial to decide whom to hire so that money and time does not go to waste while ensuring that the desired outcome is achieved.
How aQb can help?
As one of the pioneers in software development with a legacy reputation in building some of the most robust software across industries, the company has a team of experienced Design Thinkers too. Working in collaboration with an experienced team of developers, they jointly design blueprints to interview and understand the customer pain points before taking up a project.
For aQb, the customers come first and it takes utmost care in saving them precious time and money with a thoughtful process and a planned way to execute the same. It believes in failing fast to regain competence fast and that is how it has been conducting itself.
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