Whenever an organization decides to launch a digital business transformation initiative there’s naturally a lot of focus on determining what platform to adopt to build these applications. What most organizations don’t spend nearly enough time on is determining which application development processes are the best fit for the applications they need to develop. As any team that has embarked on a digital business transformation journey already knows, decisions regarding what processes have as much impact on the success or failure of a project as the platform employed to build those applications.
Once an organization launches a digital business transformation initiative, they almost invariably discover that the size and complexity of these applications increases rapidly. Rising to that challenge requires organizations to not only determine what application development methodology to embrace, but also how to incorporate test, maintenance, and support functions within the application lifecycle management process. Each of those decisions can have a profound impact on how consistently fast any organization can build and deploy applications.
The most widely employed process that organizations employ when using a low-code platform to build applications is the agile methodology. This is the obvious choice for many organizations because the agile methodology outlines a method for flexibility managing application development projects in a way that naturally fits a platform inherently designed to enable developers to develop code quickly.
But even after an organization decides to adopt an agile methodology there are still myriad other decisions that need to be made. For example, when it comes to project management, should the organization go with PRINCE II or AgilePM? Although AgilePM generally fits better with an agile development methodology, depending on the culture of the organization that choice may not always be the best option. Because there is always a clear relationship between processes and organizational structure, decisions concerning approaches to project management should not be considered lightly.
The testing process represents another critical decision that needs to be made. Should the organization, for example, rely on T-Map or an agile test method? The method of testing needs to not just align with the complexity of the applications, potential risks, and technical difficulty, but in some instance also the way the organization has historically tested applications.
Organizations also need to make sure management and support processes are put in place to ensure that any errors in an application are detected and corrected as quickly as possible. Does an organization opt for the ITIL approach with clear agreements about service and resolution times, or for the more flexible Agile approach? ITIL can be a better choice if the organization already has an IT department organized around those principles. A more agile approach, however, may be required as part of a DevOps process that prioritizes which errors need to be fixed first.
Whatever the path selected, it is crucial organizations align processes throughout the entire application development and delivery lifecycle chain in a way that not only matches the rate at which application code is developed, but also most easily implemented.
The development, project, test and management processes provided by Mansystems are all designed to precisely coordinate with each other. We can take customers to a higher level by helping to tailor these processes to match their optimal customer organization.
At the foundation of those services is a set of best DevOps practices created specifically for low-code application development platforms such as Mendix. We put the Ops into DevOps for our clients. To enable organizations to achieve those DevOps goals we provide workshops in, for example, project management for agile development methodologies.
We also flexibly provide support via service contracts with clear agreements on resolution times. In fact, Mendix recognizes Mansystems as one of only a handful of Certified Support Partners in the world. No matter where your organization is on its journey to digital transformation, we know how to adapt to your unique culture.
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