The process of developing an app, no matter how intimidating it sounds at first is a lot easier than you may think; with the right assistance you will see your idea come to life. In this article, we will break down for you the process of developing a real app.
GET DOWN TO THE BASICS!
At this point we assume that you have a rough idea about the look and functionality of your app. The next practical step from here would be to define the ‘specifics’ of your app. By specifics we mean the ‘type’ of an app—whether the intended app is a web or a mobile app, the ‘platform’ for your app—what is your chosen operating system, and lastly the ‘format’ of your app—what device is your app compatible with.
Once you have decided upon the basics, it is only sensible to look for a similar app in the market. It is not unlikely for a similar app to already exist in the market, if you are able to find an app that resembles the one you have in mind, don’t let it deter you, in fact use this knowledge to your advantage. Look into the functionality and feasibility of the competing app, look into for its strengths and weaknesses and pay heed to the feedback users have left with the app. Later when your time comes, try to overcome the disadvantages and shortcomings of the competing apps with your own carefully designed app.
PICK UP A PEN!
By this time, you will have a visual image of how your app will appear, so what better time than now to pick up a pen and draw a mental prototype of your visual concept. The exercise will give you a rough idea as to how your app will evolve by the end of the developmental process.
Once you have made your prototype it is now time to get a development team on board. The team will give you a reality check as to the feasibility of your app idea, the success rate of your idea, and the estimated time and budget required in the development of the proposed idea.
The development team can then help you build a ‘rapid prototype.’ The prototype will give your stakeholders a chance to experience the app and offer their valuable feedback.
THE REAL JOB
After a prototype has been designed the real work starts, it is now time to jump head first into the development stage. The time has arrived to the design the user interface and write exhaustive wireframes. This is also the time when you can sit back and relax while the development team deals with the technicalities of the development phase.
Once the development team has developed your app, it is time to put it through UAT and BETA testing, respectively. The latter allows feedback from users with respect to the functionality of the app. The feedback gathered allows you to improve, update and upgrade the app. Finally, when you make it through the testing stage, the time has come to finally launch your app onto a desired platform.