Practices in Mobile Application Development and Rational Team Concert (RTC)

Mobile (like DevOps) is a key topic these days and is addressed by IBM’s MobileFirst initiative.

As part of the Jumpstart team, I work on a day-to-day basis with CLM customers. More and more of these customers are going or plan to go mobile everyday. This raises the question of how their strategies should be adapted to mobile: web site, products, processes, delivery model, etc.

As a developer, I decided to dedicate a portion of my time figuring out what it means to companies in terms of software development practices. The approach I consider is two-fold:

  1. Build a recap on the special characteristics of the mobile application development (lifecycle, challenges, etc.) and provide a state-of-the-art perspective from both the academic and industry point of views. Re-inventing the wheel not being an option, I’ve tried to capture contributions I felt most significant.
  2. Discuss how Rational Team Concert (RTC) can best fit in this picture.

As a result, I made this all-in-one [PDF] document available:

[Download PDF file] 2013_July_Mobile Application Development_Stephane Leroy.

Note that it’s also available as a wiki :

Practices in Mobile Application Development and Rational Team Concert (RTC)

Go and visit frequently as I shall update this information. Your feedback is welcome (at mail:stephane.leroy@fr.ibm.com).

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