Mobile app development is nothing new, it has been in the works even before the arrival of touchscreen phones. When smartphones came into being, demand for mobile apps skyrocketed and so did the demand for best app development companies based in a variety of locations around the globe.
San Jose, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Seattle were the hotbeds of app development in the United States. Nowadays, Dallas has overtaken both Seattle, Oakland, and Los Angeles along with Austin.
Developers are hence familiar with both the app development process and the app ideas as well. Once the idea of the app has been obtained (especially the one to be made), the developers then start working on developing the app.
The fundamental principle documents of developing a mobile app:
Here are some fundamental documents no app developer nor their firm should forget when it comes to developing and coding the app:
The Non-Disclosure Agreement:
As always, trust is an important factor that can neither be compromised nor be overlooked. Open communication is hence key to great dedicated work. In such matters, the app development firm should provide their clients a non-disclosure agreement both upon request and non-request.
This helps both parties come into an agreement regarding the terms and conditions, and proceed further with the app development process.
Why is a non-disclosure needed? Because it protects both the client and the app development firm from anything and everything unlawful as well as protecting exchanged info and ideas.
Sharing product specifications & design:
The app’s specifications and design should be the outcome of strong market research, the target audience, and the client’s needs, all well-balanced. It's imperative that the product’s features come as either a compliment or a solution to an already existing problem.
If any or both are missing, then it's best to jot them down and speak to the company. The company, after learning all specifications and designs of the app can develop an interactive prototype as it is affordable, easier to work with and faster to work with as well.
Accurate estimates of developing the project:
Once the app development company has obtained a clear picture of what the app should be, such as documented app specifications mentioned completely and the prototype to experiment with; this then helps both development teams and project managers examine the app and start working on it.
Detailed user stories help create full product specifications which make things easy when it comes to the estimation phase. Each developer can estimate the time needed to create specific functions which can help make a crystal clear development plan. At the same time, the app development firm should be honest about its pricing too.
Signing the contract:
With the budget and pricing agreed upon, the move to signing the app development contract hence becomes possible. This not just an official agreement but also a helpful document proving the project is being made as it contains both the schedule and the development plan.
Coding the app:
Mobile app development taking place under agile development is the best practice. Due to close and effective collaboration between companies and clients, such enables companies to understand client needs on a holistic and wider scale.
App Coding conducted under the principles of agile development helps clients understand each aspect of the app development process and understand practices that can also help them be aware of numerous other things too.
App testing through quality assurance:
Breaking the project down into manageable phases helps the testing phase be simultaneously run alongside the development phase. This helps in achieving the best results. Conducting needed tests & reviews for development units helps in debugging and predicting future changes early on with ease.
The final release of the app:
This step helps the client submit the app in the desired app stores. Using the correct visuals and a captivating copy, helps the app’s page stand out from others in the respective app store.
App Development companies should see their clients as partners instead of just clients ready to pay. The development process should also be carried out using best practices to keep things transparent.