One of the best ways for a company or even an individual to save money when developing an app is to improve their workflow. Not only does it save money, but it also helps to get the project done in time so it can start making money sooner.
In other words, a good workflow system will pay for itself in no time and any developer needs to have it sorted out. For every developer, there is a system that is best suited for that person or company. There is no one size fits all approach.
However, there are some basics that are true across the board. In this article, we will go over what those basic tips are to get you started with creating a workflow that works for you.
1 – Use a virtual machine
When you have multiple teams, multiple products and loads of new team members, organizing a workflow can be a real issue. Lots of time gets wasted and there are almost always delays.
Using a virtual machine makes setting up your process a much faster operation. It can take literally just a few minutes instead of taking days. And with a virtual machine, much of the installation of the tools and software needed is automated making it even easier on the entire team.
Virtual machines like Azure can test your product before the deployment to get rid of any bugs very quickly. Not only that, but you have an increase in security so when it gets uploaded to the cloud, it is much safer.
Check out the Azure VM pricing to see if it is in your budget, but keep in mind that this system will pay for itself many times over.
2 – Go with the Agile methodology
Team organization is essential in any type of developmental project, but even more so when developing an app. It can help teams stay on track and offers flexibility at the same time.
One of the keys is that it is able to break down big projects into more manageable milestones. Making tasks smaller and encouraging frequent goals helps to make a big project much more manageable.
Another thing that can be avoided by using Agile is to underestimate the time it will take to complete. This is very common with developers who overestimate how much can get done over the long haul. Smaller chunks can be more accurately timed so the deadline is more realistic.
3 – Create a style guide
It is one thing to make sure that things get done. It is quite another to make sure things are done the way they are meant to be. This is where a style guide comes in handy. Everybody knows what is expected of them so there is less of a chance of poor decision making coming into play.
You’ll see far more consistency across the board in the code and design so you have less to be on the lookout for afterwards.