Here are some tips to help you communicate your app idea to developers better.
First, try to find a similar app already available in the market and use that as a comparison point.
Doing this can give developers a rough idea of your app vision. For example, if you’re planning to create a ride-hailing app specifically for motorcycles, you can describe it as “the Uber for motorcycles.”
This is a single statement that indicates the most significant benefit users will get from your app.
For example, you can describe the vision of your weight loss app as “getting fit and healthy in as little as 15 minutes a day.” You should then follow this up with the list of features you want in your app.
Third, discuss important app specifics with your team.
One important consideration is your app’s monetization strategy–will you earn money through ads or in-app purchases?
Communication doesn’t just stop once you’ve provided the development team with your app idea. Constant updates between clients and developers are the foundation for app success.
One good sign that a mobile developer is a committed collaborator is that they provide constant communication.
For example, they should give you regular updates on project tasks or ask you for feedback for critical design decisions.
That’s precisely what we do at DECODE. We often initiate frequent update calls and encourage our clients to do the same.
While we opt for Slack and Google Hangouts by default, we can adapt to whatever communication platform they prefer.
Of course, there needs to be a balance on both sides. Regular updates are nice, but they shouldn’t be too frequent. As a rule of thumb, three updates on a task that takes around a week to finish is good enough.
The bottom line is that a team that prioritizes transparency and communication will make you feel that they’re part of your company. It’s like you never outsourced at all.
Agree on a project timeline
The timeline is arguably one of the most important agreements you need to establish early on with your development team.
But to arrive at a schedule that works, you need to get an idea of how long it takes to develop an app.
Like with app costs, development time depends on a range of factors, including app complexity and the skill of your development team. And that’s just for the estimates.
On average, apps with basic functionality and straightforward screens (think calculator or alarm apps) should only take a maximum of 10 weeks to finish.
In contrast, complex apps with real-time features, heavy graphics, or API integration (think Instagram or Uber) can take a year or more of development time.
However, remember that all these figures are just estimates and generalizations. Never rely on them 100%.
Only you and your development team can determine an accurate timetable that accounts for your situation.
Also, don’t be surprised if you arrive at a timetable that’s 2-3 times longer than your estimates (because of something called the planning fallacy).
The best way to determine your development schedule is to break your app down into features.
Doing this is beneficial since it’s easier and more accurate to estimate how long it will take to develop a single component than the whole.
And don’t forget app testing. As a rule of thumb, it should take up 25% of an app’s development time.
Lastly, remember that your cost estimate will probably be more optimistic than realistic. So it’s a good idea to increase it by a further 30% to account for risks and delays.
Make sure your mobile app agency is a great fit
A mobile app agency is more than just a service provider you hire. They’re your partners in developing the best app possible.
Taking the above tips to heart can make that partnership much stronger and fruitful.
Of course, it all depends on getting the right mobile agency in the first place—one that has the experience, commitment, and professionalism to see your project through.
We’d like to believe that we’re that kind of mobile app agency. If you’d like to find out, why not schedule a consultation call with us? Let’s talk about your next app project and see if we’re a great match.
Mario makes every project run smoothly. A firm believer that people are DECODE’s most vital resource, he naturally grew into the role of People Operations Manager. Now, his encyclopaedic knowledge of every DECODEr’s role, and his expertise in all things tech, powers him to manage his huge range of responsibilities as COO.
Part developer, and seemingly part therapist, Mario is always calm under pressure, which helps to maintain the office’s stress-free vibe. In fact, sitting and thinking is his main hobby. What’s more Zen than that?