A Review and Analysis on Mobile Application Development Processes using Agile Methodologies

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Harleen K. Flora, Dr. Swati V. Chande
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July 05, 2013
Volume 3, Issue 4
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agile methodologies, mobile software development
Harleen K. Flora, Dr. Swati V. Chande, "A Review and Analysis on Mobile Application Development Processes using Agile Methodologies". International Journal of Research in Computer Science, 3 (4): pp. 8-18, July 2013. doi:10.7815/ijorcs.34.2013.068 Other Formats


Over a last decade, mobile telecommunication industry has observed a rapid growth, proved to be highly competitive, uncertain and dynamic environment. Besides its advancement, it has also raised number of questions and gained concern both in industry and research. The development process of mobile application differs from traditional softwares as the users expect same features similar to their desktop computer applications with additional mobile specific functionalities. Advanced mobile applications require assimilation with existing enterprise computing systems such as databases, legacy applications and Web services. In addition, the lifecycle of a mobile application moves much faster than that of a traditional Web application and therefore the lifecycle management associated therein must be adjusted accordingly. The Security and application testing are more stimulating and interesting in mobile application than in Web applications since the technology in mobile devices progresses rapidly and developers must stay in touch with the latest developments, news and trends in their area of work. With the rising competence of software market, researchers are seeking more flexible methods that can adjust to dynamic situations where software system requirements are changing over time, producing valuable software in short duration and within low budget. The intrinsic uncertainty and complexity in any software project therefore requires an iterative developmental plan to cope with uncertainty and a large number of unknown variables. Agile Methodologies were thus introduced to meet the new requirements of the software development companies. The agile methodologies aim at facilitating software development processes where changes are acceptable at any stage and provide a structure for highly collaborative software development. Therefore, the present paper aims in reviewing and analysing different prevalent methodologies utilizing agile techniques that are currently in use for the development of mobile applications. This paper provides a detailed review and analysis on the use of agile methodologies in the proposed processes associated with mobile application skills and highlights its benefit and constraints. In addition, based on this analysis, future research needs are identified and discussed

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