When you are planning to create an app for your business, it’s important to know how to execute this task. For that, you must plan the mobile software’s lifecycle. Not familiar with this concept? This article is for you!
A mobile software development cycle involves different stages of converting an idea into a concept and then a final product. It’s methodically structured to ensure the product meets all the requirements of the customer. You may call it a standard method of developing apps. Even the Spectrum internet customer service app was created using this standard! It keeps you from running into errors and ensures the final product launched is a masterpiece!
To understand the mobile software development lifecycle, have a look at the steps it entails:
Step 1: Market Research and Developing a Tech-Stack
When you think you have a great idea for your business app, it’s time to take the first step and do preliminary research. Learn about your target audience, the scope of the idea in the industry, and your competitors, if any.
Ask these questions:
- What do you want the product to accomplish?
- Who is your target audience?
- What benefit does the app offer its customers?
- What are your competitors doing?
- What is your budget?
- What is the timeline, and when do you want to launch the app?
- How to market the final product?
Step 2: Establish Goals and Objectives
Now it is time to move to the next level and outline the objectives of your app. These questions will help you establish goals:
- What customer problems will it solve?
- What is the core appeal of your app?
- What features would you like to see?
Before you have finalized the app’s features, determine the design of the app. Your focus should be on delivering the best customer experience.
Step 3: Wireframes and Storyboards
By this stage, you should have a good idea about what you want your app to look like, including its features. The scope of the work must be ready too. It is time to sketch the app and create a storyboard.
At this point, you are putting your ideas on paper. Create a storyboard for demonstrating connections between all features of the app, the screen, and how the user will navigate through the app. While you do that, look for opportunities to add in your brand in to the experience.
Step 4: Define the Backend
The storyboard and wireframes serve as a guide for the backend development need. It tells what APIs to use and what BaaS platform to use for writing the code for the app. During the developing phase, there is the possibility that you have to modify the wireframes if your team of developers faces a technical problem. This stage demands you to be flexible.
Step 5: Test the prototype
After finalizing the wireframe and storyboard for the app, it is time to develop a prototype that will serve as a sample of your final product. This prototype will allow you to evaluate your design concept, identify dead links, gather feedback, and boost your app’s usability.
Choose people from within your organization to test and evaluate the prototype. See how they interact with the product. This is the stage where you identify and correct the shortcomings and make sure a masterpiece is delivered.
Step 6: Let the App Development Begin
Now the real work begins. Your developer starts writing the code for the app. a designer assists him in developing creatives for the app. together, they handle the UI and UX and create a final product.
Step 7: Test for Bugs
Is the app ready? Great! Before you launch it, you must test it one more time to identify bugs and ensure everything’s working correctly. When you are confident that you are app is ready to be seen by the world, prepare for the next step.
Step 8: Launch the App
The way you launch your app has a significant role to play in its success. Make sure it goes on Google play store and Apple app store. Introduce your app to the world. Let them know what you’re offering. Being a subscriber, my friend didn’t have to look far. He got some great marketing inspiration from Spectrum cable.
As you understand the key steps in the lifecycle of mobile app development, you would be prepared to develop and launch a product loaded with features.