In this technology driven world, several new businesses are focusing on the development of mobile apps for various platforms like iOS, Android and more to reach out to prospective clients in real time. Since mobile phones and tablets are portable and simple to take anywhere, they have opened up an entire new avenue of brand promotion and client engagement for distinct little, medium and big businesses. So the development of a mobile app for a business is becoming very crucial.
Let’s explore what it all takes to develop an app
While developing a mobile app for your business some questions always pop up in your mind like:
- How do I start?
- What do I need to know?
- How does the process work?
- What will be the perfect flow of my app?
- What kind of app designs should I select or go with?
- Which company should I consult to develop an app?
If you haven’t created an app before, you may be confused about how to approach a mobile app development studio, and what is the process to develop an app? In this article, we’ll explain you the process of creating an app from scratch and give you a better understanding of what it all takes to develop an app.
Before you approach a designer, a developer or a development firm, you should have:
- Basic knowledge of platforms like iOS and Android
- Good understanding of your product and your target market
- Well-articulated user stories
- Visual architecture of your app
- Proper documentation of your product idea
- Commitment to spend time on creating your product
- Company’s overview, technologies they work on and experience of team members
Process of Working with an External Team
Stage 1: Consultation with the team
Finding the right person(s) to take on your project can be a challenging task. You need to consult with the analyst team to define what you are looking to achieve with your product idea. What are the challenges you are facing while doing an analysis of your product idea? What is your main objective behind developing this product and how is this product going to benefit the industry? What will be your revenue model?
At BrainMobi, we follow design led-engineering approach. We document client requirements with detailed scope and business objectives, brainstorm on client’s idea to craft smart business strategies and develop methodologies to ensure timely delivery.
Stage 2: Signing a Contract
Before signing the contract with a development firm, it’s important to read the documents carefully to know what you are signing. Most of the development firms sign a mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to protect your idea from being disclosed. Another important thing to keep in mind while signing a contract is the engagement model. BrainMobi engages its clients in various flexible ways to manage client requirements. We use latest pricing models typically used by popular mobile app development companies.
- Fixed Cost
- Time and Material
If your project will be charged on a time-based model, then it will be even more important for you to have clear deliverables outlined in the contract.
Stage 3: Wireframing
After you sign a contract, the next step is the wireframing phase. Wireframing is a visual guide that represents the skeletal framework of an app or a website. During this phase, the app undergoes various changes wherein the blueprints of the app are made in the form of sketches and then transformed into real sketches with the help of various interactive tools. Wireframing is important to define the full scope of the project as it gives you a clear view of how your product will look like.
Stage 4: Design
The design phase transform requirements into complete & detailed UI design which are caked mock-ups of how the app will look like. This is the stage where you define the color of your logo, styling, fonts and the look and feel of your application. Once the visual designs are finalized, you move on to the development part.
Stage 5: Development
While working on the development stage, it is important that you, as a client, must be updated about the progress of your product at every stage of the development phase. Typically this is done with the help various project management tools. We at Brainmobi use tools such as Basecamp for client communication, Trello for internal team communication, and Jira for bug tracking. This helps the team to plan and organize their work in a proper manner and update the client at regular intervals about the status of the project.
Stage 6: Testing
At Brainmobi, we depend on quality testing to make sure that the application is error free so that it should not crash when it is launched in the market. The two major testing techniques being used by our testers:
- UAT Testing – User acceptance testing is a process to discover whether your mobile app works for users. In other words, put your app in the hands of a few people in your target audience. Once your app has passed the UAT test, you know that the solution “works”.
- BETA Testing – Make your app available for a beta trial, either through an open solicitation for participants or the enrollment of previously identified groups. Feedback from beta users will help you determine whether or not the app’s functions are operating well in a real-world environment.
Stage 7: Launch
The day has finally come! Your app is finished, tested and ready to go on the AppStores. The process of publishing your app to the app store can sometimes take a couple of weeks. Uploading your app on itunes usually takes 2-3 days whereas if you upload the app on Android it gets live within 24 hours.
Stage 8: Post Launch
After your app has been uploaded on AppStores like iTunes and GooglePlay, you start getting flattering reviews and feedbacks which in turn helps you to make better changes and enhance your product. You always have to keep in mind that the mobile app industry has reached its optimum level, and you have millions of users whom you have to treat properly. So you always have to be firm and dedicated about customer support. At Brainmobi, we care about your success, so we stay with you for a period of two months to support your product in case complications arise.
So you always need to hire a good developer who can work according to your needs. At BrainMobi, we develop apps that are used and loved by millions. We are committed to the motto of “Creating Next-gen Mobile Apps” for entrepreneurs and SME’s across the globe. We help clients to create cutting-edge mobile apps.
Have an idea of a great mobile application? Let us bring it to life! Discuss it with Brainmobi:
Give us a shout! – firstname.lastname@example.org