Many of the business individuals, professionals, and common people are looking ahead to plan mobile app development but they lack the knowledge about ‘how to create an app’? Here, it is noticeable a lot many individuals are misguided and confused on the said term. But, it is quite a simple process if you go step by step and clear each one with complete attention and perfection.
Each company may have different mobile application development process and algorithm, but there are a few common steps that are followed universally. However, the key question is are you up with the official list of requirements? Most of the people don’t do so and that’s where they start getting wrong. Therefore, we are here to suggest the step by step process of creating an app.
Before even beginning with creating a list, you should first understand the term completely. It tells you about the things, like – what all things you want in your app, how you want your user to interact with it, in what areas of your business it should work on, how it should look like, what all features it should have, what should be it structure and functioning etc. You should list down every requirement one by one and in a proper format, so you do not get confused understanding it later.
Skipping this step is like – you have given the test with no invigilator available to evaluate it. Thus, you should thoroughly analyze the set of requirements. You must have a team of experts to do the job as they can effectively filter requirements on the basis of their worth. The filtered set of needs can be processed to the next step.
Fixing the budget is not a layman’s task. You need to be very appropriate, wise and sound in deciding the same. The main budget should be divided in parts, like – budget for pre-planning, development, testing, promotion and upgradation. You should research on the mentioned terms before allocating the budget to each part, so that everything remain logical and at its place. And you do not disturb any part of the budget for the sake of other.
Apart from these major things, it is important to set the deadline for the mobile app development because based on that, you will plan mobile app development and the future commercial things keeping the app in the center of your marketing strategy.
The development team at this stage will decide how to develop the app. Keeping your requirements, objectives and goal at the center, they will create a plan around the same. Here, feasibility of each point will be ascertained and checked.
In this step, the technical analytics will be brought into the picture to check whether each point mentioned in the plan can be technically made live or not. It is possible that some of the points may get revised here w.r.t to the technical availability. The development procedure will be limited to this step until technical team authenticates its scalability and practical approach.
A storyboard will be then created pertaining to the approved plan. It will give the instructions or will work as key model to the developers and will define the complete structure of the application. It will also tell about which part will be created first and so on. It will mention each and every step that the team will be following till the completion of the app. In certain cases, it also decide timeline.
On the basis of storyboard, prototype of the application will be designed. In common terms, we can say that frame will be designed at this stage to hold the picture. The complete look and feel of the application will be designed on the basis of UX and UI. Designing is considered as the crucial part of the application development because it plays a key role in client interaction. Without interesting design, layout and structure, your application cannot be a success.
Coding is breathe, in the life of application. Whatever is planned, designed and characterized will be made live through programming. It is the most crucial part of the application development. It takes 80% of the total time of a web application developer or even a company. As per the design and storyboard, different parts of the application will be coded at this stage and will be synchronized with each other accordingly.
The process of testing and coding mainly depends on the project development methodology adopted by the company. In most of the cases, it runs parallel to the coding, but still the triggering places are different, so it is difficult to say when testing is brought into the picture. However, testing is all about checking the coded part whether they are functioning well separately as well as in-order or not. The part that is found malfunctioning is removed from the thread and it is sent back to the developers for re-coding.
The coded part of the applications are assembled as per the decided structure at this stage. It is about giving final touch to the application.
Upon the complete development of the application, the quality analysts check the application and ensure the application is made as per the decided structure and cover each & every requirements of the clients. It also make sure that each part of the application is working well and is offering a good interface to the user to interact with it. Lapses at any places are sent back to the development team for correction. Application will not move forward until it gets green signal from the QA team.
Once the QA Team check the application thoroughly, it is shared to the in-house team to use and check – how well it is working or does the application is showing any default error, technical flaw and limitations at any place? Upon the final assurance from the in-house team, application is set to release to the client.
After completing each and every step in the development process, application is released to the client along with intellectual property rights. Demo of the application is given to the client to make him completely aware about the functioning of the applications and what all features it offers. Upon the satisfaction of the clients, the conclusion formalities are cleared and the complete procedure comes to an end.
It cannot be considered under the application development procedure but in post release process. This service is either completely paid or entitled to ask for payment after a few months of free service depending upon the mutual agreement between the client and the development firm. Under this step, the offshore KPO or software application development support side offer help and support to the client. In-case the application misbehaves or client find anything in it difficult to understand.
There are variations in mobile app building process at enterprise level, but following an universal mobile app development process flow help businesses to create successful app.