Steps on the Development of Mobile Application
A business owner will find that having a mobile application in this day and age is a must, especially if they want their ventures to succeed.
Whether you’re developing an application in-house or you’re going to select a 3rd party agency to do it, the development process is actually just the same.
In this article, I will share information regarding the actual mobile app development process being followed by developers and app agencies alike.
1. The Signing of the NDA
The Non-Disclosure Agreement or commonly known as the NDA is usually the first step in the process. This is where both the agency and the client sign an agreement that any information that is shared should only stay in-house. In other words, the details that were discussed should not be leaked, even long after actual app development.
2. Acquiring Some Product and Design Specifications
A mobile application always starts with an idea. It also has to be backed by some solid research to ensure the app’s success.
The agency would ask questions about the company so that they will know the things they have to do in order to create an app that improves the client’s business.
If the client doesn’t really know well about the technicalities of app development, the agency should be apt enough to discuss it clearly with the client.
Communication is key in app development; even long before the actual app development process starts.
This is the stage where the agency would get pertinent information and will ask the client all for the specs they intend to implement on the application.
3. Setting Some Project Development Estimates
The designers would create wireframes and prototypes for the developers to look. Once it has been submitted to the proper team, the developers can then give their estimates as to how long the app development will run through its course.
As a client, you need to be aware that the development time would increase or decrease depending on the number of features you want to be implemented in the application as well as how difficult the actual feature is.
During this stage, the application development is finally starting. This is done after the contract has been signed and that the clients are happy with what the team has come up with (along as having the knowledge of the time estimates as well).
There are agencies that swear by agile development. This is essentially what it sounds: a faster development approach where every stage in the process will be relayed to the client for approval.
This helps client-developer relationship which makes the app development process faster and streamlined.
Also, in every stage of development, the application will be run through a series of testing phases to ensure that the app works as intended, free of bugs and other quirks.
5. App Release
Once the application is done, it is now approved for release. If the client has a native app, the application will be submitted to the appropriate app store.
If the client has a cross-platform application, it will be submitted to all of the app stores available.
In short, application development is where the client gives their specs, the designers create designs and mockups, the developers look at it and gives time estimates, the coding/testing phase is set in different stages and in each part of the process, the client is notified to let them know of what is currently happening, and once the app is done, it will then be submitted to the different app stores.