How to Avoid Resource Burnout During Mobile App Development

Jun 28, 2017 5:08:01 PM

Avoid Resource Burnout During Mobile App Development

Mobile app development is more than just tools, techniques, and teamwork. A number of resources implicitly contribute to the entire development cycle, making its deployment possible on time. Sharing ideas, prioritizing tasks, managing time are to name a few. While their importance is never being ignored, a disbalance in them can lead to delay in project delivery. Considering this, it is essential to look out for ways to minimize resource burnout at the time of development. Here, we share a few of them.

a) Avoid Over-Production with SMART Planning

Overproduction is when an output is achieved, which is more than what was needed. In mobile app development, this happens when extra features or functionalities are added in order to overcome a technical or logical gap. It may also be a result of inefficient planning or lack of prioritizing the app functionality.

Indeed, planning is an iterative process in development. Most of the times, it is difficult to plan a project in the beginning. As the project evolves and more details are available, the planning gets detailed. While this may seem to be a disadvantage to many, it can be turned out into an advantage if rolling-wave planning model is followed.

In rolling wave planning, there is a list of tasks that have to be performed in the near term and in the far future. This way, more emphasis are laid on the tasks that are more clear and thus they hold priority while development. Later, when details of the requirement are received, the high-level task development can be scheduled accordingly.

b) Fix the Glitches and Flaws on Time

Mobile app development is a get together of smart logics and sophisticated technologies and efficient planning. While their collaboration is intended to create a magic, a disbalance in them can sometimes result in unexpected results. This not only impacts the project’s pace, but also fritter away time, money, and other resources.

Bugs and glitches are the reality of app development cycle. No team can assure an exemplary product in a single go. However, with using a efficient development methodology, it is possible to figure out the flaws in the product at initial phase, so that it does not affect/halt rest of the development cycle.

Certainly, a lot depends upon the underlying methodology for development. When it comes to code reviewing and bug detection on time, there is no better approach than following Agile development. Since the app evolution happen in small sprints, it is easier to find bugs and fix them so that they do not impact the later stages of development. Timely testing means fewer bugs in the app. This is the reason why Agile is counted as one of the best methodologies for mobile app development.  

c) Minimize Dependencies with a Defined Team

A number of factors halts the development and cause delay in project delivery. This can happen due to wait for a task completion by third-party, internal resource gaps, inefficient planning, or reliance on some information (that has to be received from the app stakeholders). It is important to work around such incompetencies while development in order to achieve on-time project delivery.

To overcome this, the best approach is to have a defined team that works under a project. This way, it would be easy to share know-how, there would be availability of resources to refer, and no third party dependency will make mobile app development, a flawless process.

d) Know-How Migration should be Seamless

In an app development cycle, a number of technologies and skill sets collaborate to deliver an anticipated output. Possibly, the app needs to have native and hybrid development involved to meet the deadline. Or simply, there is a confusion in choosing the right technology for development. For example: Which one to choose between Ionic and React Native for UI development for mobile. Sharing know-how within the team breakdown the possibility of confronting technological halts.

The advantage of intellect sharing is not limited to filling the technological gaps. It also aims at avoiding re-learning, wherein, a code when passed from one developer to another, the later needs to understand the code first before continuing with it.

e) Centralized Teamwork is Important

Thanks to the advances in communication tools (Jira, Redmine, Crocagile), decentralized team have become a possibility. However, communicating through emails, phone calls, or chats have disadvantages. They affect continuity at work, does not convey the idea effectively, and eventually leads to time wastage.

For streamlining the development, it is important for teams to have face to face interactions, transfer knowledge directly, invest their time properly, and ultimately deliver a solution on time. Although, virtual meetings are a great alternative to real-time meetings, they can never be a replacement for the benefits that F2F communication brings in.

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Mobile app development happens in stages. While it is important to pay attention to the technicality and creativity, managing the resources (team, time, knowledge) is equally important. We hope these ideas to avoid resource wastage works out for your future projects.

Kartik Kakar

Written by Kartik Kakar

Lead Marketer at Daffodil Software. Inbound Marketer with a passion for technology and cool stuff.