Faster market penetration is often the primary objective of businesses with enterprise apps in the making. They intend to get the app ready for the target market as soon as possible so as to get a competitive edge. If you observe the app store, you will be able to spot a number of lookalike apps popping up as soon as an app idea becomes successful. App owners should always take into account the possibility that someone out there is working on the same app idea, and the one who gets their app out into the market will lead the race.
But it takes a lot of effort to reap the benefits of early market penetration. Everything from the technology of the app to the development methodology and design elements should be chosen wisely. Then the actual work begins – clean codes, iterative improvements, rigorous testing, prototyping, and everything else.
The point is that there is a systematic approach to building a great app and launching it faster than competitors. That said, here is AOT’s practices to develop great mobile apps faster without compromising app quality.
Starting with the right wireframes
A wireframe is basically an app’s skeleton, and it’s where the design and development of an app begins. Wireframes also ensure that the design, development, and testing team have a clear idea about the app, its purpose, and how it would look post development.
We don’t recommend going for a fully detailed and sophisticated wireframe right from the start. We begin with a low-fidelity wireframe with just the basic layout of the app, and modify it later on the go.
One platform at a time
Simultaneously developing both the Android and iOS versions of an app can actually increase the production time. Even if the app must be released on both platforms, developing them both at the same time is not a great approach. It’s best to develop for one platform first, launch the app, get some attention, and then begin developing for the other platform.
MVP goes first
Choosing to launch only a fully loaded version of the app can be a costly mistake. At AOT, we recommend launching a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) first; with all the core functionality that resolves the primary problem of the target user base. Once the app starts gaining momentum, more features can be added via periodic updates. This approach lets a business launch the full version of its app faster while gaining real-time insights on app performance and user expectations. This in turn allows developers to improve the app with features they are sure would be received well by the users, thus minimizing the resources spent on A/B testing of the app.
Adopt an Agile culture
An Agile development ecosystem ensures that all the teams working on the app works synchronously, and also ensures collaboration between them. The culture allows the team to adapt to changes faster while reducing mistakes. At AOT, we go with short sprints – from two to six weeks, where we can deal with problems effectively should they pop up without compromising the integrity of the app in any way.
No compromise on the shipping date
Once we reach an agreement with the stakeholders that we will ship the app on a certain date, we never compromise on that goal. This is a proven approach to getting the best effort from designers and developers. We make sure that the team knows that the deadline is non-negotiable, and encourage them to prioritize the must-have features for the MVP. Our primary focus would be on the indispensable features that the first MVP should have. The rest are added later on.
No matter how focused the developer is on getting the app ready by its shipping date, there would be problems in one form or another. To avoid bad surprises, we follow a policy of re-evaluating our estimates periodically and then make the necessary changes to our priorities. The key is to be prepared to either avoid or face a scenario that can potentially derail the project and still get the job done on time.
AOT develops apps fast without compromising on their quality because of our great team. An app can only be good as the people that worked on it is what we believe. Our people are the core ingredient of our success formula. All we do is ensure that they are effectively communicating and that they are psychologically motivated to give each project their best shot. We provide a splendid atmosphere that keeps their team spirit alive.
Hopefully these practices can help you cut down app development time significantly. If you are interested in more of AOT’s app development capabilities, get in touch with us today.Image vector created by fullvector – www.freepik.com