Building an app is the future of every business today. However building an app can be a bit of a daunting prospect. It requires expertise across multiple disciplines of design, business, and technology. At every stage there are decisions to be made, while knowledge and experience are applied to solving problems in many different areas. But really any process can look intimidatingly complex at that level of scrutiny. As a project management technique it helps to break things down into simple steps, but getting bogged down in details right of the bat is only going to make things worse.
So with that in mind, let’s take a broad-level approach to app development and boil it down to 3 simple steps.
STEP 1: IDEATION
The first thing to do is to establish exactly what the app is going to do, who it will be marketed to or used by, and generally work out a technically feasible goal for the project. If you’re reading this tech blog, then you’ve likely started on this step already and you’re tinkering with an idea. To complete the ideation phase, you should consider creating a basic business plan for the app and working with a technology partner to flesh out the idea and fill in any gaps in your own knowledge.
Creating concrete concept documentation to explain the app’s functionality, goals, requirements, and technologies will be essential for ensuring smooth sailing as the project goes forward. The more confident you are with your decisions now, the better, because additions and changes made midway will carry costs and consequences, and it is difficult to predict the impact such changes will have on budgets and schedules.
STEP 2: DESIGN
This step encompasses the UI/UX design of the app. The most important element of design for an app is to organize the content flow and information architecture. These are the pillars upon which the entire interface will be built. A proper UX will ensure your apps leads gracefully from one functionality to another, so that all users can have a frustration-free experience and achieve their goals in a timely manner.
Design also encompasses the graphic elements of the app itself. Your app’s branding and aesthetic will obviously be important things to consider, and have a big impact on the users’ impression of the app and (by extension) your brand. When creating the look of the app, it is best to follow the design standards provided by Apple or Google, as these will ensure your app fits the ecosystem well. This relieves you of most of the heavy-lifting of interface design and frees up brainpower to apply to your app’s unique aesthetic.
STEP 3: CODING
Programming an app is primarily done using the comprehensive SDKs provided by Google and Apple. The amount of coding tools and resources that are available, both from official documentation and from community members, is extremely valuable for app development, and proper utilization of these tools will expedite your project greatly. You need to hire a dedicated programmer to develop an app that is worth its while.
With the requirements of your project properly laid out through ideation and UX design, programming can be planned and executed very smoothly from the start. Even if your project runs into an unforeseen snag at some point, good planning in prior stages will ensure a best-case programming phase. Without proper depth of ideation and design being completed prior to this step, it is likely you or your team will end up working in circles as plans change.
When the coding is finished the app is complete and ready for submission to the app store! But don’t think your work is complete just because you’ve made it to launch! There are plenty of other measures you can take to ensure better app performance, user acquisition, brand awareness, and monetization.
Connect With Software App Developers
The easiest way to build an app is connecting with SDI, an expert app development company that can move your idea step-by-step through a tried and true process, then look no further. Software Developers India works with entrepreneurs, startups, and businesses of all sizes to build mobile applications around the world.
We’ll walk you through the process and provide our industry insights to ensure you receive the best possible execution of your mobile vision. To help build your app idea it will be beneficial for you to have a look at leading case studies right here!
Get started on your step one. Call an Software Developers India’s mobility strategist at 408.802.2885, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you with a Non Disclosure Agreement. Let’s start something amazing!