What is the app development lifecycle?
A successful and engaging app which also generates revenue along with productively handling the assigned task is created only when the app development team behind it does understand each of steps of the app development lifecycle.
The process of mobile app development isn’t simple at all. It takes careful planning followed by a complex step-by-step process. What you do in every step is important for the survival and success of the app. This is why developers need to focus a bit more on their mobile app development lifecycle, not just on how to conclude it. Making mistakes to even single step may result in an unstable and uninterested product that no one likes to use.
Whether you employ your own team or hire third party developers for the development of your app, it’s quite essential you understand the process as well as all the steps of app development life-cycle.
Step 1: Be imaginative
Before your start creating anything, it’s imperative you envision the purpose of that creation. What will the app do? What will be the purpose served by it? What will be the need fulfilled by it? Why would anybody prefer it over others? Take the time to find answers to these questions and list them on your notebook. These answers will help you define your idea in better way. Most of the successful apps are based on strongest ideas created after studying everything about how the app will benefit users. Also, you can compare other similar apps with each other for what best they have and what better you can do.
Step 2: Make your plan real
The next stoppage for the app development life-cycle is design. It begins with creating an acceptable wire-frame concept which then becomes base for graphics, UI, UX and other ﬂows. Here you don’t have to cut corners. Create a wire-frame with the best possible details you have. Don’t be satisfied by low-quality designs because the most popular design always catches the attention of users. With creating design attentive, do remember to make it sensible and easy too.
Step 3: Test what you’ve built
Upon reaching this step, it’s your job to discover as many bugs as possible and resolve them before forwarding the app for the launch. Also make sure that app is able to achieve the objectives it’s aimed at, along with appealing users. You can begin testing the app with the help of your friends and then include users from target-market who will give it a real test run and of course, valuable feedback. With feedback and reviews of initial users, you can make more enhancements to your app before its launch.
Step 4: Launch the app
As your app reaches the launch step, do confirm it’s fully optimized for the target platform and suits the target user-base, too. You should also start focusing the marketing and promotions before and after the launch of your app. Also, after the launch, you also need to protect you it from any mobile abuse.
Step 5: Maintain & make improvements
Last but not least, you have to keep tabs on feedback and review of real users and make changes in your app accordingly. It’s the final stage of mobile app development lifecycle. By maintaining and making improvements, you will continue to strengthen the design, experience and performance of your application.