You won’t find it practical when we say; we would assist you in building your mobile apps in days, do you? But, since there are thousands of applications popping up every day in the app store, it is of supreme importance for the app development companies to accelerate the mobile app development process.
And hence, we do the same; we develop mobile applications that meet the quality standards without any glitches in days. Our clients aim to survive in this pursuit of getting maximum traction on their mobile applications. And we appreciate the same.
However, there is no magic trick that would solve the purpose. Speeding up the mobile app development process involves strategic planning and its execution. Moving forward strategically and defining the app development planning, phase-wise saves you from potential problems in the future.
Application’s market place is extremely challenging, and to stay abreast, you need to sit down with your team and stakeholders, discuss goals and challenges, define a business plan, and then initiate the development planning.
In this blog, we have mentioned our approach, which allows us to deliver projects within the promised timelines. We are going to dig deep and look into these step by step approaches.
Defining the business:
You need to identify the exact problem you are planning to solve? Next, how explicitly are you planning to solve the issue? Is there a new and out-of-the-box approach that would make the users feel special? What are the business goals?
The reason behind doing this activity is to understand the core business and plan the project milestones. It is important for you as an entrepreneur to set a benchmark for the project; otherwise, things may go haywire. The whole team will be boosted up if they have a crystal clear and strong business picture. It will let you set your priorities and mitigate inaccuracy.
The smartest way to scale up the app development process is to develop a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Instead of launching a full-fledged feature-rich application, launch an application with minimum key features. You can keep on releasing new features when they are ready; however, you need to keep deadlines short (two to four weeks).
By launching MVP, you ensure your existence in the market, and you can start collecting the feedback at an early stage. You get enough time to work upon the feedback received from your valuable customers. Also, you have enough time to focus on your “To Do” list and thereby develop a market-fit product.
Having said that, an MVP will give you another side of the story too. It will let you know if your application is really competitive enough and welcomed by the customers. And if it is not, you can stop working on it without wasting time and resources.
Another approach to speed up your mobile application development process is by becoming Agile. The agile approach is characterized by dividing project development tasks into small chunks and working smartly towards completion of each.
Agile methodologies are some of the best practices that enable mobile app developers to deliver products within shorter timeframes and with minimum errors.
Use low-fidelity wireframes:
Creating low-fidelity wireframes is like allowing yourself a second chance to represent the application’s UI differently. Consider this as an opportunity to survive in a competitive market. Low-fidelity wireframes are the basic blueprint of the application. They contain basic details and functionalities while keeping other things in synchronization.Also, you need to check that the requirements mentioned in the functional Vs. non-functional requirements document is met while you design the application.
Wire-framing allows you to identify the mistakes at an early stage of development and saves you from committing serious glitches. By creating a low-fidelity wireframe, you can bring the entire team to the same table and focus on the end goal.
Wireframing gives the entire team a platform where they can discuss the application’s functionality and express ideas to address features & challenges.
If you do not consider wireframing as a part of app development then,
You are likely to stuff features inside the application, making it look messy;
In the later stages, you will have to invest more time and money in making the product as per the expectation. Because of which, you will not be able to meet the project timeline and may cross the decided budget.
Low-fidelity wireframes wouldn’t break your banks, and if you trust us, you should definitely create one before project initiation.
Go for Automated testing:
There is a bucketful of tasks that you need to handle while you are launching an application in the marketplace. But the most crucial step amongst them is quality testing. By introducing AI in the testing process, you can run multiple tests at a time that will consume a huge amount of time if done manually.
You can have faster development cycles if you can speed up the testing process of the application. Also, there are automated testing tools like Selenium, TestingWhiz, Appium, Katalon Studio, and many more.
By using these automated tools, you can easily carry out the testing and execution of the project development.
Discuss with your mobile app development company about your expected delivery date, so that they can plan the project accordingly.
Go for Cross-platform app development:
“Which platform to choose for app development” is a million-dollar question, especially for the first-timers. As soon as the new app idea strikes your mind, think about the presence of your potential audience. Does the majority of your target audience use Android, or do they use iOS? Or, are they present on both platforms?
Building cross-platform applications is easy as compared to native app development. With a single codebase, you can launch your application on both platforms. Cross-platform app development is faster and eliminates the extra tasks of rewriting & recompiling code for various platforms.
There are many cross-platform mobile app development frameworks available about which you can read here.
Integrating third-party modules:
Why kill time when you can use ready-made assets for your project? There are hundreds of thousands of online resources that you can just drop into the application and get running. You have ready-made music, graphics, plug-ins, libraries, and even codes.
Developers can include these ready-made assets and dramatically reduce the app development cost and time.
Outsourcing the task to a reliable company:
No one can be the jack of all trades, definitely not when it comes to mobile app development. There are certain areas of expertise that you need to outsource. Also, you will have a team of a limited number of developers working on the project. Depending on each of them, it may affect the app development time.
Outsourcing your project allows you to focus on other major aspects of app development, like strategy planning, marketing, etc. You become free from worry because you have a reliable development partner. And they will be responsible for delivering the application with the required features on the promised time.
You do not have to worry about recruiting in-house developers or their maintenance. Also, if during the later stages, if you feel like launching the application on iOS and not just Android, you can ask the app development team to do the same.
As an entrepreneur, you would not have to search for an iOS developer who would do the job; the app development company will do the needful. Just be careful about the whole selection of your development partner.
You can also hire mobile app developers who work remotely for your project. Here is our guide on hiring them, which we suppose you should read before you initiate the hiring process.
Thus, by dividing the workload, you can scale up the project and have the utmost flexibility while working.
Regular quality assurance and code review:
After every milestone achieved, you need to check for its quality. The same thing applies to code review. Check for the quality of every element’s usability and memorability regularly. This way, the errors will be identified and fixed at an early stage, and you can release an error-free application.
A study conducted by SmartBear suggests that a company that regularly reviews the code saves $150K on bug fixing if they wouldn’t have fixed the bugs.
We understand the importance of launching the application at the right time and hope that the steps mentioned above will help you accelerate the process. You can get in touch with us for any further guidance. We promise to use cutting-edge technologies that will efficiently deliver successful applications.