The life cycle of mobile app development

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Internet

No one could have anticipated the rapid evolution of the mobile applications development. This fast progression has led many organizations to believe that mobile applications must be developed at a fast pace and, what is most important, without very much planning since the next best thing can easily replace them. With this thought in mind, many companies have operated without a proper mobile product lifecycle management. However, building mobile applications is an elaborate process that involves up-front-design, usability testing and a full lifecycle. A rational mobile app development company will take into account a few considerations for developing a better plan of attack, which you should as well.

Market research

If you have a couple of mobile app ideas for your business, then you should dive into market research. You should look into your own business and target audience, but also into that of the competitors. Practically, you should find answers to these questions: What exactly do you want the mobile application to accomplish? Who is your target audience? What kind of platform will you use? How will the users interact with the app? What is your overall budget? When will you launch the app? If you have not yet gone through all these things, then you need to quickly assemble your app development team to gather this information during the research and discovery phase. The feedback will make the development process a lot smoother.

The development phase  

The development stage is concerned mainly with trying to solve the user experience or UX. UX design is realized via wireframes and mockups with the help of tools. Your wireframes should support the application, so you will need to think in terms of APIs, servers, data diagrams, data integration and push notification services. You should choose a mobile backend as a service platform owing to the fact that it will solve many common challenges, including scalability and lack of in-house talent. With respect to actually developing the program, you have to be ready for programming and coding. At this phase, the app skin is created, namely the interface that users will eventually interact with. Make sure that your design comprise all the ideas and the feedback that you have collected from initial testing.

 Testing time and time again

When the application concept is finalized, it is necessary to test the program in real scenarios in order to identify any technical flaws. This basically implies going back to the original planning and design documents and evaluating each single feature. You should never assume that something works simply because it has shown great results during the development phase. A good idea is to observe how users interact with the product. They may have insight and questions that may not be that obvious to you.

Considerations

When developing a mobile application, it is important to make some considerations. To be more precise, you should take into account the challenges to multitasking, the form factor and, last but not least, the limited resources. The bottom line is that developing a mobile application is not the same thing as traditional desktop building.