According to Stack Overflow’s latest data, 85.9% of professional developers use Agile methodology.
But despite most developers using the same methodologies, their processes may be very different. For example, some teams may start testing the product early, while others may do it at the very end of the development process. Some teams may be engaged in UI/UX design before creating a prototype, but others may do it after.
The client should keep this information in mind when choosing a potential contractor. You can be sure that most likely the potential contractor will use Agile methodology, but you should always deeply check the process, as the success of the project strongly depends on it. Moreover, through the process, you can understand how experienced the team is and how deeply its members understand all the pitfalls of mobile development.
In this article, we will talk about the development process that we have come to use after many years of work. It has been constantly improved, and now we use it as a standard. It allows us to reduce the risks associated with development and the time it takes to complete the project.
You can compare our process with the processes of other companies and check whether their processes include all the important points and stages. This will help you exclude inappropriate developers and choose a team that can be trusted.
– You may shorten the time for project development
If the company has a proven process, engineers can avoid delays in the development process. Due to their experience and the existence of a written process, they can know in advance which development stages takes more time and adjust the development plan accordingly.
– You are more likely to get a quality and valuable product
A proven process is aimed at creating the highest quality product, focused on the stages that help developers make the product as valuable as possible. For example, during planning and requirements gathering, business analysts will get customer requirements, and all of them will be taken into account during development. Also, the process includes the stages associated with testing, which protects the product from technical defects and security flaws.
Let’s now look at each step in more detail.
This is one of the most important stages in mobile app development since it strongly determines the future success of the project. At this stage, with the help of business analysts, the development team must learn customer requirements and understand the amount of work required. The team can anticipate possible development pitfalls and assess the scale of the work ahead in advance, saving a lot of time and money.
According to the State of Software Development 2018 report, the #1 cause of delivery problems for teams is unrealistic expectations.
Thorough and professional business analysis is aimed at avoiding this problem.
After the first stage, our team visualizes the future solution in the form of sketches, based on research and the customer’s ideas. The main goal of this stage is to find all the problems that may be associated with ease of use and try to solve them ahead of time.
This step is also very important as it specifies the technical details of the project. Technical assessment helps the team to understand whether backend systems are able to support the application’s functionality. Also, in this step, the team and the client decide what platform and what format will be used for building the app.
In this stage, developers receive a technical design specification that they must strictly follow. We take this step very seriously, because carefully created project documentation may guarantee the project’s success. When creating the documentation, we try to ensure that it reflects the entire functionality of the system.
We build the development process in such a way that there is no unidentified or undeclared functionality, and all team members receive relevant information on time.
Next, our team creates a prototype that will allow the developers to look at the solution from the user’s point of view. The engineers are able to understand how it works and make sure that everything in the process of development goes as it should.
Unlike some teams, our engineers develop the design of the application before we start writing code. In this stage, UX designers create the architecture of the elements of the customer’s mobile solution, while the UI designers create the application’s appearance. This stage provides a real picture of how the tool and its separate elements will look in the future.
After creation and approval of the design, we move on to writing code. Like most teams, we develop an application using Agile methodology. We consider Agile the best option for developing mobile applications since we can make changes to the process throughout the whole development phase, even if there are changes in business requirements.
We have our own quality assurance department so we can constantly test various crucial functionalities of the mobile solution. Before release of the app, we engage people in the customer’s target audience to test usability. Our engineers receive feedback and use it to improve the solution and make it more valuable.
At this stage, the solution is ready for use, so it can be submitted to the mobile app stores. This is not the end of the mobile application development lifecycle, though, as every solution requires additional updates or fixes. Thus, we provide support to our clients even after the end of the development process.
If you ask what’s common among all modern development teams, we would say that almost all of them use Agile methodology. At the same time, if you ask how they differ, we would say that you should look at their development processes, as they may range dramatically.
As a client, you should remember this when hiring a contractor to develop your mobile solution. You shouldn’t rely on a company whose process seems unreliable or insecure. You can lose time and money, or even get a defective product.
In this article, we decided to describe our mobile development process. We have created it after years of hard work. Now we use it as a standard when working on any mobile project. We consider its stages the minimum mandatory set necessary for any project to be successful.
If you become acquainted with our process, it will be easier for you to choose a trusted contractor by checking for proper process.
Here are the nine steps that form our mobile app development process:
If you want to know more about these steps or receive any additional information about our projects and work, feel free to contact us.