Effective Mobile DevOps Strategy and Typical Goals

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Dear Testdroiders,

Last week we deep dived into Mobile DevOps and defined some terms used within DevOps practices when it comes to mobile app testing. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the most important goals as well as attributes contributing the effective mobile DevOps strategy and its creation. The goals and metrics naturally varies across companies and are very different for many organizations, but in general there are four characteristics that by maximized can deliver the best outcome for Mobile DevOps approach and yield as a significantly improved results in your mobile app quality.

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“The highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.” — Agile Manifesto – Principle #1

There are four main goals for Mobile DevOps adopters that should be strived to be gained. At the same time, these goals are the cornerstones in creation of Mobile DevOps strategy and a culture that helps achieving the expected quality and faster turnaround to market. Download our free ebook to adopt DevOps approach to reach your strategic goals.

Maximize the Delivered Value

The trend – and perhaps motivation towards DevOps adoption for many companies has been in more efficient way to get things done. This is typically seen as cost savings and enabling people to get things done faster (and more efficiently). Today, for large enterprises, the DevOps, mobility and mobile apps used by its employees are the value drivers as they boost productivity, make the daily-work more efficient and drive the business value.

For many enterprises maximizing the value from technology investments has changed the way they spend money on services. As proposed in the article, spending smart but quickly to deliver results is yet more efficient than just keep spending big and not measure return-on-investment.

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For enterprise IT, mobility and mobile apps in general hold the potential to boost their productivity and drive business value of the entire organization. And to make the most of mobile apps, enterprises need to put in place a comprehensive mobility strategy that can work as a holistic approach, encompassing all aspects from mobile app development to security and connectivity.

Maximize the Effectiveness, Efficiency and Productivity

Comparing and measuring productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness equals with the faster time-to-market, speed of actual delivery, deployment and turnaround with testing. And all this cumulates as higher quality of mobile apps which is the most crucial quality factor.

The Mobile DevOps effectiveness, which can be seen as doing the right things, means that there is a great chance to achieve expected results. But doing the right things doesn’t mean products will be successful. Doing the right things alone aren’t enough. DevOps strategy needs to consider efficiency side of things as well to complement the overall outcome.

The Mobile DevOps efficiency, which will be seen as doing things right, is the end-result of the effort with minimal costs, time and overall contribution. From the business perspective DevOps efficiency can mean the use of minimalist resources to accomplish the goal.

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The effort of maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness can improve the overall productivity. What this means in mobile DevOps strategy is that test automation must be included in the testing of each build of the application. Test automation can provide tons of benefits from making sure the device compatibility is met, defects/bugs are instantly spotted out, and those get – with great details of why failures happened – in hands of capable developers in order to get fixed. This itself can push the costs down as earlier fixed problem doesn’t drag on with the build by build, but also it will cumulate as higher quality. Finally, as problems are solved earlier and verified against real devices, the overall efficiency is improved and individual productivity will be higher.

That being said, efficiency without effectiveness doesn’t guarantee the best results. “If ain’t broken, don’t fix it” means that the DevOps must focus on the right items; if the problem with a mobile app is in general compatibility across device variants, OS versions and other characteristics, it really doesn’t matter what sort of features are built in. The distinction between the best app and average app are typically the general compatibility, great performance, and fully exploited hardware.

To maximize the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity starts with the full adoption of mobile test automation, with automated, continuous integration, deployment and testing, that is exercised with the every application regression coming out from the development pipeline.

Maximize the Quality and Robustness of Apps

The most critical thing for companies building a mobile app is the quality. Indeed, the process, approach or used methodologies are all secondary if the quality isn’t up-to-snuff and product cannot be showcased for its excellence and robustness. To meet and exceed this requirement many enterprises have adopted DevOps culture and many of those that did it early have been very pleased with the results. Clearly, a well-established and well-executed DevOps strategy has been the key to the successful adoption.

What are the key tasks or things to focus in the Mobile DevOps approach or Mobile DevOps tools? First of all, all used DevOps tools must be collaborative that enable the seamless automation and are technically possible to be integrated with each others. Non-collaborative DevOps tools can make the entire process and flow challenging and make the effort of building better quality and more robust apps difficult.

The Mobile DevOps approach itself creates a culture that helps in achieving those strategy goals by employing the following aspects:

Collaborative Process, Development, Testing and Release – and Support. The Mobile DevOps approach requires continuous collaboration between all teams involved, from developers to testers and support (post-release).

Continuous Integration and Continuous Testing. Regardless of if agile methodology adopted continuous integration and testing are must to have for any organization building mobile apps. Using these standard DevOps tools efficiently will have an impact on quality, robustness and app compatibility across devices.

Continuous Deployment and Continuous Release. The quality process should start as soon as the first line of code has been written. After each regression and stage until the final product, the quality concerns should be the most highest priority for Mobile DevOps to ensure application quality criteria is met and product is deployable and ready for the release. Furthermore, testing effort should continue even application is published as post-release issues come up quickly – and developers needs to jump on them.

Continuous Monitoring. Performance of mobile application is important in every step of the product development lifecycle. Getting a comprehensive understanding of how well application does on different devices, what are the bottlenecks and how application can be adjusted/optimized to provide better user experience for its users.

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Maximize the Support, Service & The Delivery

In agile methodology, support, service or product, and deployment are highly important to determine whether the delivery can be successful. The Mobile DevOps is constant alignment and collaboration between different teams, all focusing and aiming for better quality, and yes – continuously enhancing the process.

For instance, continuous testing as part of the development flow aims to deliver customer-facing, ready, high-quality applications. While starting to do this when application is still under development and continue it for all different stages of the product development the quality criteria can be met. This also has an implication on support and how the product is treated after by support after it has been published. Including unit testing, UI functional testing, API testing and all possible integration testing with different entities can ensure that there will be less surprises while the mobile gets mature.

Finally, effective testing and quality process as part of the Mobile DevOps thinking can enable must faster turnarounds, ensure that developers and QA folks can do constant releases with confidence, and minimize risks related to quality concerns.

Now, is your organization fully Mobile DevOps ready, practicing mentioned , and aiming for the non-compromised quality? Let us know in the comment section below!

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