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How do I know what my app needs? Part 2

PHASE 2: DEVELOP THE APP

At this pointyou know what you want, and we can get on to actually making it happen!

Thanks to your document describing and defining everything your app needs, the system should be ready to go. However, your development team may need to approach you to clarify doubts or get more specific about a particular aspect. It is always possible to forget certain details. Likewise, some aspects may need to be adjusted as the development process carries on.

Please keep in mind: just because you have closed the “deal”, does not mean you will see immediate results. Depending on the scope, developing an app takes a lot of time. So, let some time go by and relax. It is possible you won’t see any tangible signs of your app until the third or fourth week. At this point, you can evaluate whether it is coming along as you expected. At the beginning phases, it is all a blueprint of the final result. Think of a finished app like a finished house. What you see is the end result, and not how or when they wired the electricity, installed the plumbing etc.

At this stage, we take care of everything that has to do with design, programming, implementation, creating backgrounds, and launching internal trials.

PHASE 3: SYSTEM TRIALS

Your product is complete. Great, right!? And you can’t wait to release it to the public. Wait!Before you do that, it is extremely important to conduct some trials. Never launch a system to the public before doing the corresponding tests and trials.

Every company will do their best to deliver a system that works and delivers the pre-defined scope of work. But no system is infallible. It is very likely that something went wrong along the way. It could be that there is an aspect that wasn’t contemplated, or the circumstances of your business have changed since development began. In this case, we highly recommend that you put together a testing-team to put the app through rigorous and realistic trials before launching it.

We, for instance, offer a 3-month guarantee once we have delivered your finished app. However, this does not mean that we know something is going to go wrong and that we are going to fix it after handing it in, or that we did not leave enough time to finish. Simply put, it means that our experience has taught us to anticipate errors: we are human, and the client might change their mind, or we might make mistakes along the way.

PHASE 4: USER FEEDBACK

Once you have conducted all the necessary trials, and your app has been live for a few weeks or months, it is good practice to listen to your end users.

Surely, your original idea has fixed the problem it set out to solve, but... What happens if this can be done in a simpler way? Or, how about if a certain screen lacks information, or some data is not necessary, or if a certain sequence of commands could be different?

These are the kinds of things your end users are going to notice and tell you about. And this does not mean that your App is not good. It is simply natural that you did not contemplate everything, or had not imagined certain thing being issues for your users. Ultimately, listening to your users, and reacting to their experience of the app is the best thing you can do to keep it fresh and relevant in the future.

Never stop listening to your users, and always try to respond to their questions and concerns about the app. After all, they are the ones using your app, and they will know what it is missing, or how it can improve.

PHASE 5: APP MONITORING

Your app has been developed, and it works! Now what? Now comes the maintenance, or further development of features that did not fit in to the first launch. Perhaps there are some changes to be made once you have done some listening.

Remember that our world is changing rapidly. Each year, and every couple of months, there are new releases and changes, new operating systems, new devices, new hardware, etc. No one knows for sure how these developments might affect your app. This is why we recommend you give your app constant maintenance. This will benefit you and your users. They will be thankful every time you improve, and add new features to your app.

We hope that these steps have given you a clear idea of how to develop your app as a complete system that can offer you and your business a great future.

Pixzelle Studio is happy to help you make your project dreams come true. Have you defined your idea for an app for us to look through it? Send it to us, and get a quote here

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