When you start the process of looking for a mobile app development partner, there’s a few things to keep in mind. You want to see a proven track record of successfully developed apps, several references to contact, and a reasonable timeline and budget. What you should be looking for as well, however, is some indication that your potential partner has a progressive mindset and philosophy in their approach to development and operations.
One such indicator is the presence of a DevOps team. This is a very progressive philosophy where members of all teams – especially the development, quality control (QC), and operations teams – are all integrated and connected for the entire process. This presents many advantages that we’ll detail in this post, and is a great indicator that this particular agency is on the cutting edge of innovation. Let’s look at a few ways that DevOps teams have evolved, and how they can make a huge difference for your next mobile app.
How DevOps Has Changed
While the basic concept of DevOps from a decade ago still remains intact in theory, there have been many developments and breakthroughs that have refined and redefined many of the roles and directions. Here’s the original and simplified idea of what DevOps should be:
As you can see, this involves the intersection of all these previously separate entities, and it’s essential to remember that it’s this central spot where every team member has to stay.
There are three core tenets of DevOps, and, while technologies and philosophies have advanced, these basic concepts are still at the center.
Communication: Every member of every team has the platform to be heard, and the ideas expressed are given to everyone to be considered and implemented as agreed upon.
Collaboration: Every member of each team will collaborate in multiple stages for a common goal.
Continuation: No phase or process is done in a vacuum. All completed tasks are placed into a common central repository, where it’s added to existing content to be repeatedly and constantly vetted, tested and integrated as a whole.
The first two tenets above are absolute necessities when working within the DevOps philosophy, and there are plenty of options these days for project management software and platforms. These advanced systems work well for DevOps-style collaboration, and often accommodate both direct and community communication via text, email, or a bulletin board for all to see.
Likewise, repository management software handles the massive automated repository that is central to the continuation phase. It needs to handle incoming information in an open-source fashion, and be compatible with various coding languages and build tools.
Who Are the Devs and Who Are the Ops?
Defining the various roles in a DevOps team is also something that has evolved and grown over the last decade. When DevOps began as a practice, it was merely existing team members from the development, QA, and Operations teams who all learned the philosophy and the various common coding languages needed to work on the central project. Over time, certain positions have emerged as necessary parts of a smoothly running machine that can produce software and mobile apps with maximum quality on an efficient timeline. Let’s see how these important roles have emerged in the world of DevOps.
- DevOps Evangelist – Leader in charge of implementing and organizing the initial DevOps team
- Product Manager/Account Representative – Liason between client and team, who needs to understand the timeline and budget, and communicate with both sides freely
- Software Developer – Manager who coordinates and oversees the vital code writing
- Automation Expert– Responsible for achieving the automation of the central repository and the subsequent arrangement and implementation of build tools
- Quality Assurance Manager – Ensures the quality of the code, UX/UI, and final product
- Release Manager – Releases new features as per the schedule, and ensures post-launch product quality and stability
- Security Engineer – Continuously monitors the end product’s security and various data protections throughout the life cycle of the app
While the basic framework of a DevOps team is equal in nature, there are leadership roles that need to be established, both from a delegation and an accountability space. It’s still a massive cooperative effort, and it’s important that everyone’s voice is heard.
Other roles may be included, such as an expert in Cloud technology. Point is, app development partners that implement a DevOps team should research extensively, start with small projects, and pay close attention to where and how the process ebbs and flows. That’s how the evolution process works.
Why Would It Help a Launch?
Here’s where all the refinement and advances that have been accomplished in the DevOps field will ultimately help you in the end. First of all, if the app development agency you are considering doesn’t have a DevOps team in place already, consider them behind in terms of progressive development. For example, consider how WalMart felt while watching Amazon create the most progressive retail platform ever. There’s not a lot of room to catch up.
So, if your app development partner does have a DevOps team in place, here’s what you should expect:
- Speed: This covers a lot of ground, but it helps everyone. Having IT and QA professionals in on the development phases lets experienced workers point out issues that they’ve experienced on prior occasions before they happen in the current development. Continuous delivery of code, software, updates and features allow for less adjustments, repair and down time through the life cycle of the app, and gives the team more time to innovate without constantly fixing things.
- Quality: Automated testing and quality control of various coding and features has inestimable value. When these processes are truly self-sufficient as projects are continually loaded in, it makes for a streamlined and efficient product that is guaranteed to be incrementally free of glitches and issues at every stage. This helps you get your app to hit the market at the optimal time for that niche.
- Reliability: This is what you’re really looking for, and modern technology makes it all not just possible, but readily accessible. All of the deployments, updates and adjustments.
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