Mobile App Development Checklist: What You Need for Success

Mobile App Development Checklist: What You Need for Success - 5280 Software LLC
Mobile App Development Checklist: What You Need for Success - 5280 Software LLC

Mobile App development is one of the industries that is growing with the pace of mobile technology penetration in the world. As more people get access to mobile phones more problems arise that need app solutions. 

Mobile apps play a significant role in the growth and success of a business. if you are looking to engage your customers where they spend most of their time, then you better make sure that they download your app on their phones. 

Entrepreneurs and business owners are using mobile app development as a strategy to increase their customer base, market share, and customer retention rate in 2020. However, it is not easy to succeed using this method if you do not know the basics of what you need. 

Here is a checklist of what you need to make your Mobile App development a success. 

Mobile App Description and Plan 

For the best results in your mobile app development project, you need to clearly describe your app idea and come up with a strategy. Since you will need to present your idea to a developer who will eventually execute it, it is best to put it on paper. 

The developer might also want to see your strategy. You can use VMOSA (Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategies, and Action Plans) or VMGO practical planning processes. The idea here is to help your developer visualize what you need.

This element of consideration should also capture the scope, cost, quality, time, and risk of the mobile app development project. The information here will be used in the development of key performance indicators (KPIs).  A budget with estimated costs of various tasks will help a lot in shaping your app. 

Generally, the developer might want to know more about the app, your expectations, and the problem that you are solving.

Analytical Data 

Your developer might also want to see the information you have about the feasibility of your idea. Your checklist should have analytical information on your target market. Here, you will have to do more and more research. 

The importance of having a library of information is that it might come handy in determining the features to use, the marketing strategy, monetization strategy, branding strategy, the choice of app platform, support, and maintenance strategy.  Generally, it helps ensure app usability and functionality.

Technology Stack, Solutions Stack or Data Ecosystem

You will need a list of technology services to help you plan, build, test, and run your mobile app. A technology stack comprises of operating systems, coding frameworks, languages, and tools such as Application programming interface (API) and software development kit (SDK). 

Identifying your solutions stack starts by considering the front end (Client side-what your users see) and back end (server-side- what customers do not see) tools for your mobile application. When choosing the right programming languages, you’ll have to pick between the ones that offer high-read or high-write operations. 

In Mobile app development, choosing the right data ecosystem will depend on the platform that you want to use. Native, Hybrid, or Web app platforms come with different technology stack packages. Your choice of technology stack will determine if you get the right features, performance, and user experience you need. 

For the best results, you will have to sit down with your professional app developer and choose the platform that is suitable for your business needs. There are three platform options: native app, cross-platform, and web app development. If you agree to go with Native applications, then you will have to select technology stacks for iOS or Android

Technology Stack for Android Apps

  • Language(s)- Kotlin, Java
  • Integrated Development Environment (IDE)– Eclipse, Android Studio and Android Developer Tools (ADT)
  • Software Development Kit (SDK)- Android SDK

Technology Stack For iOS Apps 

  • Language(s) – Swift & Objective-C
  • Integrated Development Environment (IDE) – AppCode and XCode
  • Software Development Kit (SDK) – iOS SDK

As you choose your technology stack, you should have the cost, timeframe, and target audience in mind. The most rewarding and successful mobile application development always uses the right technology stack. 

Mobile App Development Methodology

Development methodologies are strategies that developers use to create an application or software from scratch.  It involves a sequence of design processes for a project from conception to completion. There are different project management approaches or styles you can use in developing your mobile app. 

The Agile mobile app development methodology appears to be one of the most popular approaches most developers use to execute an app idea. Developing your mobile app using Agile will take you through iterative processes which makes the project quick and provide efficient and effective products.

For complex works, most project leaders would go with Agile’s SCRUM framework. Besides the Agile SCRUM approach, there are other methodologies that you can use depending on the needs of the mobile app development project. These include:

  1. Waterfall – a traditional approach, but delivers as per the customer’s expectations.
  2. The Agile Lean development – an approach that focuses on continuous improvement, hence suitable for long-term goals.
  3. Feature-driven development- a pragmatic approach that puts more focus on the user experience and architecture of the application 
  4. Lean methodology- the best approach for the development of MVP mobile apps for business use 

Besides application programming interfaces (APIs), in modern mobile app development methodology selection you can choose based on the abstract mobile device and content or context adaptation mechanisms. 

Conclusion 

We have shared a Mobile App development checklist that should help you direct your goals towards the success you need.  The checklist will guide you as an entrepreneur on what to do as you prepare and execute your app idea. It ensures that you have everything you need before you start your project. in some areas of the checklist you will need the assistance of your developer to get more detailed information, so choose your mobile app developer wisely to get the best results. 

About 5280 Software LLC:

5280 Software LLC, located in Denver, Colorado is a premier software development firm.  We have worked with a variety of clients over the years.  Our expert team of developers have helped small to medium sized businesses, startups, as well as enterprise level clients such as RingCentral.  If you are looking to build a mobile app, we can deliver flawless apple ios mobile apps as well as android mobile apps.  These apps can be designed for smartphones, ipad and android tablets, wearable such as smart watches, and even smart TVs.  The power of a well designed app to gain new customers is key in today’s market.  We help execute your app development to perfection.  A website is powerful tool for branding and showcasing the products or services you offer.  We can build you a WordPress, E-Commerce, or custom coded website at competitive prices.

Once the site is launched, or if you already have a website, we offer Search Engine Optimization Services to achieve higher search engine rankings.  Contact us today with your website’s URL and we will put together a free SEO analysis of your site with pricing and timeline to get your site ranked on the first page of Google and other search engines. Our experienced and dedicated team has a proven track record and provide regular reporting on tasks completed and keyword movements during your SEO project.  We help businesses and companies gain rankings on all the major search engines.

Many businesses use multiple software packages and services to run their business.  We offer custom software development services to streamline your business process.  We have developed custom dashboards that can pull data from multiple points and display all this information in one place.  Do you use an off the shelf CRM?  5280 Software LLC can customize this CRM or even build a custom CRM from the ground up based on your requirements.  If you need a custom Windows desktop or Mac desktop application, feel free to reach out to us.  We can improve the understanding of your business and marketing outreach through the use of analytics.  We offer a complete solution with the latest technologies to solve your obstacles and scale your customer base.

All projects are built according to a clearly defined scope of work.  If you need assistance with scope creation, we offer this as a service. This scope of work will be used in the provided development contract.  Make sure whomever you hire for your project provides you a development contract with clearly defined pricing, development timeline, payment schedule, and deliverables.  We would like to learn about your project and help refine your scope of work.

If you have an idea for a mobile app, please emails us your full name or company name and we will send you a signed NDA.  We send NDAs to all potential clients to guarantee your ideas and documents will be kept in confidence.  Once an NDA is in place, feel free to book a free discovery call.  You can also fill out our app development questionnaire to share the details of your project before your call.  We are the leading firm specializing in building solutions for the web, iphones and other smart devices including IOT.  Our company can create a custom solution on a variety of platforms using the most current popular programming languages.  Weather it is a cross platform hybrid app or a natively programmed solution, we have you covered!

We look forward to speaking with you about your project.  Learn why clients around the world trust working with 5280 Software LLC.  We support our clients from mockups, sketch, wireframes, and graphic design, development, product launch and ASO when we publish your app, and even code updates at a competitive price point.  Feel free to visit us on our social sites Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or send us a LinkedIn connection request to learn about our offers to get answers to your questions.  Let us turn your idea into reality!