App Development Methods Decoded

first_img The project involves uncharted territory for the developers, yet the deadline calls for a quick development cycle Cons Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Software delivered at the end of the cycle, with few changes allowed Methodical, linear Highly structured, reliable The project builds upon existing platforms (e.g., a website or database) Agile The shape of the end product–or end user–is unclear and likely to change. Design, development and implementation occur multiple times. Flexible, simple; working prototype available early in the cycle Delegates tasks to self-directed teams Unpredictability of end product and uncertain delivery time Collaborative; good for products with tight deadlines Success depends on the quality of team members and their ability to collaboratecenter_img Scrum Pros This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Best used if 2 min read Waterfall Process March 8, 2012 Q: I’ve heard software development shops talk about various methods–“waterfall,” “agile” and “scrum”–for building apps. What’s the difference?Choose wisely: Kim Heldman, senior IT director for the state of Colorado, says app-building methods can make or break your project–so do your research.Photo© Jacob PritchardA: Be assured, the developers who use scrum aren’t billing you for a daily rugby match to help brainstorm your product. In this case, the term describes one of more than a half-dozen software development processes used to organize a project’s work flow. And whether you need an e-commerce site for your T-shirt startup or a smartphone app for your pizza delivery business, you should decide on the approach to development that addresses the requirements, design, production, testing and deployment phases of the software in a manner that works best for your management style and, ultimately, your business.According to Kim Heldman, senior IT director for the state of Colorado, choosing the right methodology for a development project can spell the difference between rapid success and drawn-out failure. Heldman suggests focusing on the three most popular development processes: waterfall, agile and scrum.  Continuous, repetitive This story appears in the March 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Enroll Now for Freelast_img

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