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Mobile DevOps Playbook

By : Moataz Nabil
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Mobile DevOps Playbook

By: Moataz Nabil

Overview of this book

To build mobile apps, you need to understand mobile-first features, tools, and processes that help you build, test, and release robust apps faster and more efficiently. The multitude of challenges stemming from mobile development's inherent complexities, including native iOS and Android app creation, cross-platform frameworks, and the implementation of scalable architectures within extensive teams, collectively contribute to a substantial number of obstacles that can significantly prolong the release process. This book will help you understand and implement the best practices of mobile DevOps for continuous integration, testing, delivery, deployment, and monitoring. You’ll explore different challenges faced by developers due to varied OSs, the unforgiving nature of mobile applications, and continuous updates to mobile phones and learn how to maneuver through these challenges. You’ll also get to grips with the latest trends while discovering the potential future of mobile DevOps, with valuable insights and guidance about integrating mobile development teams into your organization. By the end of this book, you’ll be well-equipped to successfully implement mobile DevOps and build fast, qualitative, and efficient mobile apps for your team or organization.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: Introduction to Mobile DevOps
Part 2: Implementing the Mobile DevOps Environment
Part 3: Monitoring, Optimizing, and Securing Mobile DevOps
Part 4: Moving Beyond Mobile DevOps and the Future of DevOps

Transforming Mobile DevOps effectively

The success of a Mobile DevOps transformation and CI/CD implementation can be tracked using KPIs, which are measurable values. The effectiveness of your mobile CI/CD efforts can be tracked by setting specific, quantifiable KPIs and monitoring their progress regularly.

In order to drive a mobile CI/CD transformation, the following KPIs can be used:

  • The deployment frequency determines how often new code changes are deployed to production. An efficient and successful CI/CD process involves a high deployment frequency.
  • Mean time to restore or recover (MTTR) measures how quickly an organization can resume operations after an outage. CI/CD processes with a low MTTR show that they are robust and capable of detecting and resolving issues quickly. Mobile apps may have a few challenges because once our apps are released, they will be hard to measure, but in general, we can apply the measurement to other services mobile apps use.
  • Defect density: How many bugs are being found in production? A low number of bugs indicates that the CI/CD process is thorough and effective at identifying and fixing issues.
  • User satisfaction: Is the mobile app well received by users? A good indicator of app quality is user satisfaction. If your app is rated poorly or has negative feedback in the app stores, this can indicate that your quality and release processes need to be revisited.
  • Measure developer satisfaction with the tools, processes, and support they receive while building and maintaining the company’s products. To save money, companies often build their own tools, but developers may not be satisfied with them, and the company should know if developers are satisfied. This is an extremely important issue. On a scale from 0 to 10, companies ask their internal developers to rate the likelihood that they would recommend the company’s development environment to a colleague. Based on this data, improvements can be made to the development environment to better support internal developers’ needs.

We can also measure DevOps and Mobile DevOps performance and productivity using a variety of metrics, such as the MODAS survey ( the DORA metrics () from Google.

ROI of Mobile DevOps

Return on investment (ROI) is a measure of an investment’s efficiency. The ROI from Mobile DevOps can be calculated by determining the costs of implementing the approach and comparing them to the benefits gained.

You would first need to determine the costs associated with implementing the Mobile DevOps approach for mobile app development, including any training or certification costs for your team, any tools or technologies that will be used, and any other associated costs. Using this information, you can calculate the total cost of implementing Mobile DevOps.

The next step is to determine the benefits of using Mobile DevOps, such as increased efficiency, improved collaboration and communication between team members, and faster deployment and release cycles. In order to measure these benefits, you can conduct surveys as we mentioned previously (developer satisfaction), analyze project performance data, and compare the results to those of similar projects that did not utilize DevOps.

In order to calculate the ROI of Mobile DevOps, you will need to determine the costs and benefits:

ROI = (Benefits - Costs) / Costs