Mobile app development is not a process that starts with dawn and ends by dusk. There are a lot of factors that you want to put into the process like effort, time, money, and an idea. An ideal approach to mobile app development should have been framed with rooting all these factors.
There are so many ropes that you might overlook that contribute to making your app a magic pill or a pitfall. This can be anything from a dreaded business idea or a weak development cycle, and a negative user standpoint. So, this post will illustrate those 5 mistakes that you should avoid if you wish to make your process fruitful if not perfect.
5 Mistakes to Avoid While Engaging With a Mobile App Development
Avoiding MVP development
As much as you believe that your app idea can be a sure-fire hit when you release it on the platform at once, I would like to tell you that it is best if you don’t follow that trail. Think this way, you are starting your app development with a fixed budget, you pack your app with features and you want value for that money, without knowing how your target audience is going to take your app- a lack of harmony right there.
So, instead of dusting things off at one take, make sure that every single aspect is perfected. Go for an MVP, or a Minimum Viable Product that will contain all the core features of your app, launch it to a small set of people, and gain insights from them. This makes a good investment pitch, saves money to figure out the right set of new features, and shows you how stable your app is.
Overlooking the drawbacks
As an entrepreneur, there might be times when you are very much absorbed in your app idea’s success that you miss seeing how the process takes place. Remember, your idea is just a foundation, and it doesn’t just build into a profitable product all by itself. For it to get on in the world, there is a definite roadmap, like first, you need to approach it, with an ideal team and strategy.
For this, you need to have an open mindset. That is, your idea might be a better project in the upcoming days or months, but there is always a flip side to everything and technical assessments that are to be carried out to check any alternative perspectives that might lead to success. Ask yourself questions like how to plan the development sprint? Is the UI/UX well suited for the target audience? What is the timeline for development? What are the best technologies? Etc.
Maintaining a dejected relationship with your development agency
Unlike a normal vendor and buyer relationship, try to maintain the proportion with your development company. You know, there are more chances for them to get motivated if they were treated right, and given some space. That is, you don’t have to give them the partnership, of course, but tell them about your idea, and your target market.
Doesn’t matter how big or small your idea is, they will only need to understand your vision to make the development process more sensible, without just seeing it as a bunch of codes. Since the team will have probably worked with many different projects from your niche, they can suggest to you some alternatives which will add a huge value to the product.
Imagine, hearing suggestions from experienced professionals, instead of just going through the development process hands down. Just feedback or instructions as a form of communication are only going to be very artificial, and it’s not going to do any good. So discuss with them your goals, timelines, and they will help you with the approach, and technology.
Unmatched engagement models
The engagement model is a trap as many businesses choose it with their eyes closed. The app development domain is no more like the specific grid. As you start working, there are also new ideas that keep sprouting in your mind, and you can change the feature even in the middle of the development process. Working on a fixed budget and time is not a really good way, since ideas are about inspiration and not about time.
So, it is best if you choose an engagement model that works in your favor like it can be a separate team exclusive to your project, or also a model like ‘Time & Material’. Discuss the goals with your agency and timelines so that you will arrive at the right engagement model.
Choosing a wrong development partner
There are many great ideas that don’t even see the daylight because they chose the wrong development partner. Remember, app development is 50% idea and 50% technology and app back-end behind it. But many entrepreneurs don’t understand the cruciality and concentrate only on partnering with a development agency that provides services within their budget or one that provides the best UI. But is that all? Definitely not.
Because though these are the only two things you can see from the outside, and possibly help you judge the company, it is not everything. Because on one hand, the budget doesn’t equal the development efforts and complexity, and on the other hand, an app’s UI is based on the project but not on the company’s capabilities. For instance, a project might not need a refined UI design and needs only a simple but strong backend. In these cases, you surely cannot determine their knowledge and expertise.
For this, you have to get in touch with them for a technical consultation so that you can get a look at their projects, their team, approach, and their proficiency. Look at their client reviews, and decide the right partner, because once you have chosen, then it’s half the job done.
Having given you insights on mistakes you should avoid in bringing your app development process to success, I hope you would settle on a plan that makes your development effective. Not just from competition to marketing budgets, these factors play a vital role in making an app viable. Take your own time, sketch a business plan before development and dodge the obstacles like a pro.