4 Keys to Accelerating App Deployment and Development

Even if your teams are working like a well-oiled machine, there is always room for improvement. Though there is no one-size-fits-all solution that works for every app development project, there are some general rules that you can follow to streamline the general process. Here are 4 tips to accelerating your app development and deployment process.

1. Make a list of goals, roles, and features.
This might seem like an obvious thing to do at the beginning of a project, but it’s important to do this step well, as the three are integrated together. Once you have your goalposts and specify your audience, it’s going to be much easier for you to figure out the basic categories of interaction and what to prioritize.

2. Build your process and prioritize around the needs of your stakeholders.
When creating your stories, don’t focus on small differences in story complexity and exact estimates. Think of new features as value-tests by determining what your stakeholders are looking for by answering the following questions for your application: who is it for, what problem it solves, what benefit it provides, and how you can measure whether your feature meets those goals.

3. Use vertical slices to structure your stories.
It can be a challenge to approach problem decomposition with a vertical slice, especially when your project is complex, but doing so can add a lot of value. If you include every software layer involved in a specific feature in your story, your developers will be able to deliver a finished story that can actually go through the value-test process. Visit this post by Adobe on tips for splitting your stories into small, vertical slices.

4. Make use of rapid application development (RAD) tools.
RAD tools can help you expedite your application development and improve the agility of your change management, which can be extremely useful when you are working to build both web and desktop applications at the same time. They also emphasize an iterative approach, and can involve the end user in the development process. For more information, check out this IT World post on RAD tools that can help your process.

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