Journey of Mobile App Creation

Developing a mobile app is more complicated than putting lines of code together. Firms and their developers need to collaborate to make mobile apps that will truly service their purposes. Within this article, we will walk you through all steps in this journey of mobile app creation.

Diagram of the Journey of Mobile App Creation

Step 1: Needs Analysis

If your organization decides to pursue a mobile app solution, you should understand what is the problem that your organization is currently experiencing and how can a mobile app help. Otherwise, mobile app will be very costly, inefficient and, essentially, useless to the organization. (See future article: Mobile App versus Web Development Solution).

The best way for you to work with your developers is explaining why do you need a mobile app rather than what do you need in the mobile app. Keep in mind that your expertise is operating your organization and not developing software. You should allow your developers to make recommendations and advise you on what and how in the app development process.

Step 2: Database

There are differences between frontend and backend systems. While it is important to have a good frontend system (e.g. Mobile App) to attract your users and distinguish yourself from your peers, you need to have a good backend system (e.g. Database) to support the frontend and ensure basic functionalities.

If you currently have a backend system, it is important that you inform your developers from the very beginning. They will need to know which information they will have access during the mobile app development process. For instance, you may allow your mobile app to access data regarding first and last name but not personal sensitive information (e.g. social security number).

On the other hand, if you don’t currently have a backend system, you may wait till after Stage 3: ‘Wire-Framing’. Your software developers will have an idea how to build your backend system based on what your mobile app will need.

Stage 3: Wire-Framing

Wire-framing is a blueprint or a visual guide of your mobile app. In this stage, you and your developers need to have a good understanding of:

  1. Who are the users of this mobile app?
  2. How are they going to be using this mobile app?

Example using this following hypothetical scenario:

Firm X has 1000+ volunteers around the age 15–23 and 52–68. Their primary communication method is through e-mails and phone calls for signing up shifts, and they want a mobile app and a website to replace this hideous work. Since they have two very different demographics, they will need a good user interface to serve both groups. Their developers might suggest using bigger font size and buttons that keep a trendy layout for the first age group and be easy to use for the latter age group.

Stage 4: Design

If you have an existing branding guide and any marketing materials (e.g. Logo, Picture, Color), you can start to relax and spend more time doing something else. You will need to share all relevant materials and documents with your developers. On the other hand, if you don’t have any previous guide or materials, you should work closely with the developers and discussion the design of the mobile app using the ‘Wire-Framing’ from the previous stage.

Stage 5: Programming & Stage 6: Quality Assurance

You are more hands-off for Stage 5 & 6 because these are no longer within your expertise. Even though you would not understand each line of codes created in these stages, it is important that you maintain a close and consistent communication with your developers. After all, what can be worst that paying expensive software to developers who could not deliver your mobile app due to lack of communication.

I hope that this short article will explain the tough and long journey of mobile app development to all of you! If you have any question regarding this post, email me at yc@deverse.org. I am the Client Manager of Deverse and I am happy to answer any question that you may have.

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Our vision is to connect individuals and social organizations with fundamentally new opportunities. We are constantly inspired by their missions and want to assist them. Through our mobile app solutions, we hope make their lives easier.

If you are interested in our mobile app development process or want to find out more about us, check out our first post: Intro to Deverse athttp://bit.ly/introtodeverse