Knowing how to manage mobile app development projects successfully should be considered important by all app developers. A botched process can lead to project overruns that most entrepreneurs and businesses simply cannot afford.
Needless to say, guiding clients through the process is step one. Using Agile or SCRUM methodology to keep projects on track is step two. But what comes next? We’ve pulled out 7 additional tips to help you manage mobile app development projects and keep them moving smoothly toward launch.
1. Set expectations with clients
While a mobile app always starts with an idea, it’s your job to make it real. First, manage client expectations so that they understand the steps behind a mobile app rollout. Clients are almost always surprised at how much effort goes into building a successful app. Clearly defining the scope and establishing an understanding of the process will help them visualize why the project will require their time, commitment, resources, and cash.
2. Get written client input
As part of the initial process, map out mobile app requirements with the client. This is one great way to engage them. In addition, ask them to outline what the app should do, as well as, what it shouldn’t do.
3. Review system guidelines to manage mobile app development
Due to well documented submission guidelines, Apple is particularly notorious for rejecting apps. Read them and prepare accordingly. Being rejected by the AppStore is not only embarrassing, it creates the potential for project scope creep. On the flip side, Google PlayStore can be very forgiving when it comes to app guidelines, but don’t drop your guard. Users expect quality on both UX and UI.
4. Make the mobile app compatible with OS
System requirements for iOS are pretty straightforward; however, it’s not the same for Android. Screen resolutions and OS requirements are tricky on these devices so choose a subset from the myriad variations out there. In addition, make sure your QA team has devices and OS versions that are both up to date and used by potential users.
5. Manage mobile app development by creating a wireframe prototype
Designing a mockup with tools like inVision, Moqups, or Balsamiq, helps create a clear picture of the app. As it identifies placeholders for representing graphics and even adds button functionality so one can click through the user process and engage with the app. Also, be sure to map out the back-end connections to server side APIs by creating sitemaps. You’ll thank us later.
6. Understand the target market audience and industry
Having clients write test cases is not only great for security, but also will force them to think about the end-user, which will help with marketing their new product(s) in the long run.
7. Test like crazy to manage mobile app development phases
Is the mobile app ready for the rigors of smartphone use? How will it react to disruptions like battery warnings or phone calls? What about screen glare and audio in loud environments? Be sure to go beyond simulators and test the app in real world use case scenarios. To sum it up, don’t just test at the end of the process. Test at the beginning and the middle as well.
While these certainly aren’t all the steps to manage mobile app development projects, they’re a good starting point to creating any successful product.
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