3 Superpowers for building better apps, faster

Elliott King
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on 07 November 2018

 

 

Designing and developing mobile apps is a challenging business. The process of getting a digital product into the hands of users quickly is never a walk in the park. There are always barriers to be overcome: strategic, technological, delivery orientated or otherwise. Organisations have to tackle everything from conception to delivery in order to create a product with purpose.

That being said, the potential for organisations to activate mobile-first strategies and realise enterprise mobility has never been greater. So we wanted to share 3 superpowers for building better apps, faster.

Start with a design sprint

Since the publication of Jake Knapp’s Sprint, organisations have been using the infamous process as a means of rapidly solving problems and answering critical business questions through design, prototyping and testing ideas with customers.

At Dootrix, we use our innovation sprint to help our customers get from their concept of a great product, through to a customer-validated prototype in a 5-day process.

Working collaboratively in a sprint, you can shortcut unstructured discussion and ideation and compress months of work into a single working week. Instead of waiting to launch an MVP to market to understand if your concept is effective, you’ll get detailed user feedback from a high fidelity prototype.

Superpower #1: you can fast-forward into the future to see how your customers engage with your final product, before making any commercial commitments.

Cross-platform development with Xamarin

Cross-platform development is an engineering strategy that allows our software developers to target multiple platforms from a single base. A key challenge when building an app is building common functionality across platforms. The seemingly subtle differences (to non Dev’s) in code language often produce different results or specific programmatic features simply don’t exist, meaning that developing apps that mirror each other across platforms can be problematic and time-consuming.

Xamarin gives a developer a single, intelligent development platform to work in, using a single coding language and one code base platform. It supports multiple mobile device platforms, including iOS and Android; allowing software developers to cross the boundaries between platforms that customers expect.

Superpower #2: you can hugely expedite the engineering process, decreasing your build time and helping you get your product to market faster than ever before.

Better delivery with agile

At Dootrix, we are experts in agile methodologies, working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams and our client’s stakeholders to develop software that helps us build outstanding applications. As a methodology it encourages flexible and positive response to change, leaning on adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery and continuous improvement to deliver results.

We recently discussed the importance of agile ceremonies and the all-important planning meeting. Essentially this meeting enables you to ensure that the software you deliver meets your client expectations and that your team are all on the same page. One of the many benefits of moving away from traditional waterfall-style development is being able to embed these practices and positive behaviours day to day which can make a real difference to the software you deliver.

Superpower #3:  you can focus on delivering high-quality working software frequently and consistently, whilst reducing project overheads and increasing the value you deliver from end to end.

 

 

Want to understand how an application from Dootrix could help transform your organisation? Ask us how at hello@dootrix.com

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