Demonstrating the app development process to clients

According to the research, it has been found that the revenue of mobile app development is expected to cross the mark of $80 billion in the year 2017. Lot of complexity is involved in the development of a mobile application. As a developer you are very well familiar with the mobile application development process, but you may find it tough to elaborate it to your clients. This misunderstanding can create a lot of hindrance in the development process and can even cause an unsuccessful deployment.

It is important for the client to get acquainted about the mobile application development process so that they can very well explain their business requirements to the developers. As a developer, the first thing you need to realize is the business aspects of the entire mobile application development process, well before they reach out to you.

The business process for mobile application development

Entrepreneurs find hard in comprehending, the process of mobile application development but can feel the pangs and challenges in their business. What they are actually looking for is a quick solution to the hindrance in their business and they are never ready to pay more.

Here we list out the steps that a business goes through that lead to a mobile app development project for you.

Identifying the Use Case

The main purpose of any business is to increase the productivity, mobilizing the workforce, resolving the challenges faced by the customers or to introduce an entirely new service in the market. After that a feasibility study of the project is analyzed to determine whether it is worth the investment and thereafter a fixed budget is allocated and someone is entitled to lead the project.

Building the right team

The first step comes herein is the identification of the required resource and proper allocation of it. In a typical mobile project development the professionals involved are a project manager, a designer and a quality assurance (QA) and a developer or a whole development team. A final contract is signed only when the development cost and the project completion time is finalised.

Thorough Project planning

The project manager will gather the project team together with anyone who had anything to do with the software project into a large meeting so they can talk about the project. Here the project manager will map out the timing, detailed costs, priorities, deadlines and actions.

Design

All the requirements of the project needs to be translated into a visual prototype or wire frame by the designer. Sometimes, the QA person will test these concepts with a group of end users before commencing the development task.

Development, testing and deployment

This is where the role of the developer comes into play. We will map it out below:

The whole mobile development process is composed of various key components :

Scope

It is here where you need to provide the time limit and the budget for the development of mobile app. Now the question is how would you know exactly how long it will take and how much to charge when you don’t have all the details?

The time duration for the development of any android app development is around 18 weeks, including 10 weeks to build the backend and 8 weeks to work on the frontend. The number of working hours  depends on the complexity of the app. A simple app can take 300 hours while a complex one can take around 900 hours. The total mobile app development costs can range from $3000 for simple apps to $250,000 for complex mobile apps.

Development and Deployment

    The actual development process constitutes of 10 stages :

 

  • Building the wireframe

 

  • Defining the back-end structure and any server-side logic

 

  • Understanding how to manage users of the app.

 

  • Mapping out the user experience

 

  • Defining data integration approaches to allow users to access and share the information

 

  • Identifying how data will be stored and synchronized.

 

  • Prototyping and building the user interface (possible QA/testing)

 

  • Refining the user interface

  • Testing the application in real-world settings

 

  • Deploying the mobile app

The development of mobile application involves multiple steps and it is imperative for developers, business owners and project managers to understand all the stages of the process before getting started.

 

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