Mobile is the hot topic within the IT world. 2013 saw the mainstream press regularly feature stories on smart phones, tablet PCs and application stores, among other things. The ever-changing nature of mobile device technology, and increasing levels of “consumerization” have created a groundswell in workplace demand for mobile solutions. The demands placed on enterprise IT and the corporate infrastructure are among today’s most pressing technology challenges.
The Michigan Council of Women in technology invited Christian Marcillo of Future Help Designs to provide insight on this hot topic, providing questions that ranged from device management and app development to user engagement.
Of particular interest to the Michigan Women in Technology and IT managers globally is the growth of the Global App Economy which is expected to grow to an estimated $36.2B by 2016 in contract work alone for apps development, and $11.9B in App Store sales according to VisionMobile.
In the presentation, Christian shared a high level approach to app development projects for the IT world, as well as best practices on initiating a mobile project for an enterprise or personal project. He shared some insights about the app development process, starting with a methodical approach to formulating your idea, identifying a platform, creating minimum viable products that connect to a roadmap, and building and engaging a delivery team.
Building a mobile app is more than just a team of developers; it is more about creating a culture of mobile development. Because mobile application development is so highly fluid and dynamic, it does not follow the generally accepted principles of project development. This challenge to the IT project development process is highly disruptive, and is a key differentiator of the mobile development approach.
Co-location of the development team and a flat organizational structure encourage the mobile development project to be self-governing, with a strong collective work ethic that gets the optimal output from each project team member. The project manager’s role evolves from one of directing and managing, to one of navigating and removing obstacles to the development project’s progress.
Markedly different are the strategic thought around the process of idea gathering and refinement, and planning iterative growth. Rather than gather and vet requirements at the beginning of the development project, readying them for eventual development, the mobile development environment is an “Agile” one. Shorter, tighter, more iterative development cycles enable the mobile development team to develop, test, and adjust the product in shortened cycles. Add to that the presence of clients and business stakeholders on the project team, who are able to compress review and approval steps, and you have an accelerated development process that is lightweight, flexible, and highly maneuverable.
The steps to creating a mobile development culture would include such things as Mobile Strategy that incorporates:
- Business goals in alignment with technology resources
- How to plan & communicate design & strategy
- Discuss platform & device differences
- Mobile development tools for IT professionals
- Identification of the development team
- Deployment strategies
For further information on assistance with moving your company forward with a mobile app contact Future Help Designs at Futurehelpdesigns.com. If your IT team is ready to conquer mobility and receive training towards certification contact Mobile Comply at Mobilecomply.com.
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