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Rapid Development: 5 Steps to Agile Workflow App

The world is evolving so as the technology age is with the introduction of rapid development. Improved ways of doing things, ideas are being brought up every day.

When building software, there are factors that developers consider such as design, functionality and integrating other features that will essentially present it to its users with a refreshing look. That is one of the reasons why building software needs good development models from the design, which people will attest in the appraisal or criticize with feedbacks. That is where Rapid Development comes into play. There are two of the best and most popular Rapid Development, the Agile and the RAD. We shall be discussing briefly what this rapid development means in essence.


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What is RAD?

Rapid App Development also known as RAD comes in to develop business models (prototypes) for testing features and functionality of such products even without affecting the eventual outcomes of such app. It is a development model that focuses on using prototypes to introduce a product, make and adjust changes even while it is finished. Rapid Development is one of the best approaches for writing software and with these prototypes; alterations are easily made while the workflow app is being tested by the developers and expert team. Unlike the traditional waterfall that finds it extremely difficult to adjust to some changes due to its stock algorithm, the Rapid Development make it so convenient that the testing and corrections are made quickly by their team of experts who assemble to ensure they get an error-free application.

What is agile development?

Agile software development is another approach to Web application development software in which solutions, testing, and requirements evolve through the joint efforts of self-organizing expert teams which include the users themselves to bring the best of products. Through its development, rapid and flexible changes are made until the desired products are met.

It is vital to make sure that workflow app development software you choose is user-friendly enough to support both rapid app design and on-the-fly update. We are proud to note that Comindware Tracker does. Here is how user interface of its workflow app designer looks like:

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The agile development describes a set of framework, practices, and exhibits based on values and principles as inscribed on the agile software manifesto. Agile development ensures large projects are broken down into bits (iteration), ensuring that the focus of the team is brought in for the progress of the project.

One of the reasons why Agile development is considered one of the best out there is its method of software management. It is not molded into a one-time thing like the waterfall but instead, embraces improvements upon improvements in its features through the collaborative efforts of the team into providing a demo app which the user can see and feel what the finished product would look like. The customers are as active as the developers themselves and have a say in the development of the app by suggesting things that can be added and changed.

Five Steps to Agile Workflow App

In executing any project, careful planning is needed to achieve a goal, whether long term or short term. Sometimes, it managers, developers have difficulty in breaking complex projects down, customizing workflow, etc. We are looking at five steps to take to create an Agile workflow app.

  1. Start By Analyzing Previous Workflow
Analyzing the previous workflow is like having a road map of where you headed next. Have a full team session, engage them in one on one interviews so as yourself. Know where their stance is on a particular decision taken, know their mindset and if you can work together as a team.

  1. Analyzing Existing Workflow App Management Tools
Now that you have a workflow team, its next to analyze workflow management tools on the ground. What and what is present? Can we work with them? Make a list, organize each tool under a category and then make an estimate of what you have so far. Omit unimportant ones or retain.

  1. Create and Organize Work Process
Workflow optimization is necessary. Knowing your team’s inconveniences and conveniences before performing a task is necessary. Find out who does what, when and length of time used in taken before everything is to be done and then document. Each team member should be professional and take responsibility if mistakes do occur.

  1. Choose the Important Workflow Management Software
Several questions come to your mind as to what is the right tool for this job! What are the features of such a tool? How familiar are you with it? It’s pretty simple to answer these questions as a team when considering the right workflow software. You need to categorize each tool according to priority, vital tools needed etc.

  1. Implementation
There is a reason why this step is the last on the list. Implementation simply means keeping track and record of your teams participation and productivity as time goes by. It is keeping in check whether the team’s goal and objective is still intact and not jeopardized.

Conclusion

Setting up an agile workflow may be difficult but essential in propelling and executing the objectives of a team. Every software development needs a team behind it to succeed, a team that has all its goals aligned.

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Elena Haidukova is an Online Marketing Manager at Comindware Inc., and a passionate advocate for empowering executive managers onward to workflow automation and running their businesses effectively.

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