Mobile App Development Process
Below is a 6 step process to help guide you to ensure your Mobile App is a success. Mobile App development can be a costly process so it is critical to get it right from the start.
1. Step 1 – Describe your App in detail
The single most important “first step” you need to take (and how you can accidentally doom your entire project if you don’t do it right) is to describe your App as clearly as possible before you start shopping around for a developer. You want to make sure that each of your potential developers is quoting on — and basing their quote to building you — exactly the same App. Small screen mock-ups called “wire-frames” are very helpful in making your apps’ features clear to everyone who may be involved. If you can’t make wire-frames on your own, then find an expert who can help you create the wire-frames such as ourselves. You can also use Keynote or PowerPoint to create an App simulation with your wire-frames, this will allow you to have a good understanding of what you want your App to do.
It is critical you understand and have a clear vision of what functionality you want in your App prior to to starting to develop the App.
2. Step 2 – Ensure NDA’s are in place
Your *secret* new App may not stay as secret as you think (Common NDA mistakes made by first-time App developers), so ensure that you have appropriate NDA’s in place. Lots of people think a Non-Disclosure Agreement is a rock solid, iron-clad tool for keeping your secrets a secret. Well, there are opportunities for error here so ensure that your NDA is as bullet-proof as possible and that you are working with credible developers. Working with credible developers/development companies will minimise the risk of ever having to put the NDA into action. Taking things to court can be an extremely costly process, so try to minimise the risks as much as possible. Also ensure that both parties have signed the NDA and you have sent a copy with both signatures back to the developer or development company.
3. Step 3 – Select the right developer
Selecting a developer based on the lowest price can end up costing you more in the long run, so be very careful when you do select a developer to start working on the App and make sure all stakeholders understand the deliverables. Ensure you have clear documentation and project plans that all stake holders agree upon. Ensure that the developers you are working with are credible and have the relevant experience.
4. Step 4 – Ensure you understand what is in the quote
Ensure you are getting what you “think” you’re paying for (make sure your App quote is complete). Some App development quotes can be very different from others, and you need to ensure you pick the right one. Hint: it’s not always about what’s in the quote. You should look VERY carefully at what’s NOT in the quote, too. Complete documentation and wire-frames allow for everyone to have a clear understanding of what is required.
Make sure you have thought about the following:
- The actual App
- The graphic assets for the App
- Copy for the App
- Databases if required
- Web Services if required
- Push Notification if required
- Server & Hardware if required
- Submission to App store/which stores/which devices
- Website for App
- Warranty for your App
5. Step 5 – Project Management
Avoid mismanaging your timelines and milestones. A good way to ensure your timelines and milestones are met is to freeze the documentation scope for the App once development begins.
Sometimes things can change. In the case of your App’s design, it’d be better for you if it didn’t change at all. But when it does, how you manage those changes in your App could be the difference between success and failure.
6. Step 6 – Marketing & Selling
Mis-marketing the Mobile App and thinking that sales start only when the App is completed, are huge mistakes that could doom your the project from the outset.
Marketing your new Mobile App begins long before your App is completed. Your marketing starts in the design process, and that’s because there are lots of ways to build the marketing right into the App, and into the website that sells your App. Start thinking about your marketing right from the beginning of the project, who your target market is and how it will be sold.
If you’re ready to get started building your Mobile App, then today’s a good day to do it.CONTACT US and let us know what’s on your mind. Let’s talk briefly about your Mobile App and see if we would be a good match to help deliver your App.