Contrary to popular beliefs, app development is a complex project. Though it’s systematically done following various steps and by using efficient project management methodologies, each phase of development comes with its own fair share of challenges. Before the app development project begins, the features, functionality, budget, and project duration would be discussed and agreed upon by the project stakeholders. However, things may not always go as planned.
Uncertainties can become major roadblocks for developers making it difficult for them to achieve their goal in time. They would be left with two options in such scenarios – maintain speed by compromising quality or maintain quality by compromising speed. Choosing one of the two options still comes with costly consequences. This is one of the reasons why mobile app development is more complicated than web app development.
Ultimately, app development roadblocks spell trouble for the client who needs the app online urgently and the developers who are forced to complete the project in an impractical time frame.
Tackling such scenarios is still possible however. For starters, you can trim down the prolonged app development cycle. Here are a few ways how.
Framing a game plan before the development begins can make all the difference for the developers. It also helps them avoid a situation where they are trapped in the middle of development without knowing what to do next. Low-fidelity wireframes essentially present a roadmap of the app that needs to be developed.
The developers would be able to determine a specific architecture for the app, followed through from the design stage itself right till the deployment stage. The reason why low-fidelity wireframes are advised instead of high-fidelity ones is the simple fact that the latter takes up more time. In a nutshell, low-fidelity wireframing is a far-from-perfect sketch aimed at keeping designers, developers, and clients on the same page.
If coming up with the final product is nigh impossible, launch a trailer first or what developers would know as ‘Minimum Viable Product (MVP)’. The MVP should entice the users enough so they will wait for the robust, completely developed version of the app to show up in the market. The real merit of releasing a MVP first is that the developers would be able to gather early feedback with which they can improve the final product. However, the developers will have to plan a continuous cycle so as to release updates periodically; also keeping users in the loop.
Every app needs to be thoroughly tested before it hits the market. No matter how much time the developers spend on building the app, if the app ultimately fails to impress users or deliver what it promised, it’s all for naught. Testing ensures that this doesn’t happen.
However, manual testing can take a lot of time. Testing cannot be cut off in order to shorten the app development cycle. Instead, we can use cool new technologies to automate parts of testing making things easier for the testers. Repetitive testing tasks can be automated while testers can direct their focus on the critical features of the app. The advantage here is that automated testing delivers faster results, the same that can take manual testing a lot of time.
Hybrid app development platforms
Back in the day, native app development was the only option available. Today, we can choose from a plethora of mobile app development platforms such as React Native, Xamarin etc. just to name a few. The most popular app development platforms today are designed to get apps developed on the go with a shortened development cycle.
With such hybrid app development platforms, the developers won’t have to write separate code for various mobile operating systems which means the app won’t take long to develop. Cross-platform apps are trending in the present market, though many seem to be concerned about performance issues. But there’s an approach to tackle this as well.
Cross-platform apps can be quickly developed. Using such an app, a business can get a faster entry to market. The next step is to gradually replace the cross-platform app with a native app offering the best functionalities. This may sound like a hassle, but in the end, developers get to have a functional app released early into the market establish a good user base. They can then take their time slowly and consistently transforming the cross-platform app into a full native app with a much smoother performance.
You can try using any one of the four aforementioned solutions to check which one suits your project best. At the end of the day, each solution is meant to make shorten the development processes without compromising the app’s quality. It’s also important to find the balance between speed-to-market and product quality.
At AoT, we practice similar optimization principles when necessary while developing high-performance apps which gave us a great track record of timely project completion. If you are interested in learning more about how we craft innovative enterprise mobile apps here and how they helped businesses grow, get in touch with us today.