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How to Plan for the Future, Even if You’re Using Agile Development

How to Plan for Future Even if You're Using Agile

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight David Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower—American President, five-star general in the US Army…and an agile development expert ahead of his time?

Well, that last one might be a bit of a stretch, but his quote definitely describes a trademark of the agile methodology—a more value driven development approach, as opposed to the traditional plan driven approach. 

Why Scalability Matters for Your App

Why Scalability Matters for your App

Building an app is an extensive process. From a fresh idea to a marketable product, the journey is filled with ups and downs. So, when you (hopefully) build that successful app, the last thing you want is for it to hit a dead end.

But all too often, that’s exactly what happens. It may seem like a good problem to have—so much growth, you can barely handle it. After all, that means there is a ton of demand for your app. But if your app isn’t built to handle that demand, then it’s doomed from the outset.

Can your app serve thousands…or even hundreds of thousands of users? When will it start to break? This is the importance of scalability.

Is a Scrum Agile Development Process Right for You?

Koombea-Is a Scrum Agile Process Right for you?

A Brief History of Scrum Agile Development:  

The year is 1986. Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka, two of the most influential business thought leaders in the world, walk into a bar. Within minutes, they’re engaged in a high-level business conversation. But the conversation keeps getting drowned out by the loud cheers of the bar patrons. Annoyed, they look to the TV screen to discover the source of the commotion.

Rugby.

How to Make Your App Irresistible Through User Testing

Irresistible Apps with User Testing

Guessing is a part of life—and it’s necessary. Without it, we’d never get anything done. And college exams would be excruciating.

You feel great when your guess is right. You narrow down the possibilities, do some research, infer based on your assumptions, and voila: the perfect guess (or, you just fill out the “C” bubble on a multiple choice exam!).

But for some things in life, you should minimize guesswork as much as possible. When it comes to your business—and, even more specifically, what your customers want—you shouldn’t depend on guesswork. And luckily, you don’t have to.

This is the beauty of user testing. Well-timed user testing helps you get the product right early, so you can move on faster and build something that people actually want—instead of what you guess they want.

Why Should You Test?

Testing helps you identify real issues with your application—navigation and presentation errors, control usage problems, unnecessary features, etc. It gives you the information you need to remove stumbling blocks from the user’s path through the application.

5 Product Manager MUSTS for Creating a Successful App

5 Product Manager Musts

Product management is a tough job. You must tread the intersection between business, technology, and user experience, to discover a product that is valuable, usable, and feasible.

And there are no guarantees in the world of mobile and web applications. You can have a great application with the most innovative and amazing features—but if nobody wants it, it’s worthless…just another forgotten product in the application market.

So how do you make your application exceptional, and give it the best chance of success?