The mobile applications are the next revolution in the century after the websites and it is projected that by 2020 app stores will generate 88.9$ in revenue.
So it’s time to figure out what makes them so much success?
Mobile Applications are always close to us, we don’t have to do a search on the internet to buy a particular thing you have Amazon application, you don’t have to download music from the internet you have Spotify. You don’t have to call your friend every time you have Whatsapp to talk.
Through mobile applications, Companies not only get loyal customers but become a way to change the behavior of customers looks at Facebook or Instagram it changes our behavior.
Well, an application has lots of power, but its power comes from its application development process flow or its process.
In this article is a guide to application development process flow which is divided into 5 steps.
These are the same steps we follow to make amazing applications.
So let’s start!
First step in, the mobile application development process flow is to define the strategy for evolving your idea into a successful app. You may include a more significant part of this in your overall enterprise mobility strategy. While one app’s objectives may differ from another, there is still an app-specific impact on the mobility strategy to address during the development process.
Mobile application development process start with the strategy, we have to evaluate the idea behind the app, if you have an app development company you have to find the customer need, what are its actual goals behind the app, his goals and objective will help you make the right strategy for app development.
The other things to focus on this app development phase are:
- Competitors overview
- Prospective users of the app, their behavior, and psychology
- On what platform the app will be built
When you get to know about the objective and goals for the app then you have to navigate your mobile application development process flow to the requirement. here you have to find what functionality is required in the app like – ease navigation, optimized size, chat option etc, after knowing the requirements formalize them in a paper and in adding them to your strategies point.
Some other things in requirements are:-
- Identify the timeline for the completion of each requirement.
- Also, find what resources are required to fulfill the requirements.
- Formularies all requirements in a stepwise form.
- Cost estimation
To deliver the amazing application you have to make the right balance it with the cost of making, great things can be made with money but extraordinary things only made in the budget.
To estimate the right cost is easily getting to know when you follow the 2 steps, you will get to know the various things and functionality is required in the app, which is directly related to cost.
The other things you to do at this point are:-
- Make a cost sheet
- Fix the right balance between the cost and requirements.
- Make a team
Next step in mobile application development process flow makes a team, A great application is the came from great teams on which each individual is master of its own field and which work on different parts to make the best application. So you need a:-
- The project manager- which manage the project, complete the app on a given timeline and bring the cooperation between the technical and non-technical team.
- Back-end developer
- Front-end developer (UI/UX)
- Quality Assurance Tester
- System Administrator
- UI / UX Design
The next step in the application development process flow is design, the success of the application is not just depends on its function, it also depends on its design and looks, which is having a direct relationship with the user experience and app engagements that’s why first impression is so important, if you give the right first impression with the design and amazing user experience you will win customers.
With the design of application you also have to focus on the user-friendliness of the application, when customers use the application they don’t get lost in it, they easily find what they come for.
To make the amazing design you have to follow some points.
- Information Architecture & Workflows
First, you have to determine with what data, content or product the customer interact with on that bases you have to create an architecture of the application.
Every customer uses the application in a different way and when you place the content or products in the app it becomes more complex as it will open up lots of ways to access the products or content, on all those bases you have to create an architecture of the application which is easy to navigate and the most important things its just 2-3 clicks away.
A wireframe is a digital form of a sketch. They are basically the mockups, to show the functionality of the applications.
There focus is on the experience of users and the aesthetics, it’s not about the style and colors, it’s a different thing which we do in next step, a wireframe is basically a very cost-effective approach to make a right application and an opportunity to show your client the functionality of the application.
- Style Guide
A good design is incomplete with a styling – it includes the following:
- Font sizes
- Brand image
Make a style guide on the above point and take care of brand elements, follow the same style and colors in the application.
For better productivity do share the style guide with the developers.
The mockup is the way to show the expected application in way of images or even videos, you have to combine the wireframe and the style guide to come up with user-friendly beautiful mockups. Mockups also bring the opportunity for improvement in-app, share all of them to your client and follow their feedbacks.
*Use adobe photoshop for mockups.
- The Development
I know you are waiting for most important steps to actually develop the app, After you make the strategies, finalize the app development team and made the app mockup you will be qualified for delivering the best application.
For app development, you need a few things like:
a. Back-End/Server Technology
For supporting the application function you have to need a database and server-side objects, if you have the old back-end platform, then a few modifications will make it supportive of the desired mobile application.
An Application Programming Interface (API) is a method of communication between the app and a back-end server/database.
A have communication between the app and the backend server you have to need an application programming interface.
The mobile application development process flow doesn’t get end in the above point there is a lot of room available for improving the applications, if you able to run a proper testing of application you make some of the best application and who knows it better then us we test every application for around 1 month or more then that-
- We get to know about a lot of bugs
- Issues in the application on different os versions
- And a content error on different devices
We also run a different type of test like:-
- User experience testing
- Functional testing
- Performance testing
- Security testing
- And device and platform testing