4 stages of the development of a mobile application for iOS

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Before starting the development of the client, it is important to find out how the work will be built and in what time periods, what resources will be needed to create a mobile application – this will help solve all issues on the shore and avoid misunderstandings with the development team.

We build the process for each client individually, but there are steps through which almost all projects pass. I’ll tell you more about them in the article.

What will be needed to start work
You can start from any stage – it all depends on what you have. It can only be an idea or a ready -made mobile application that needs to be improved. Our team can develop a project from scratch, finalize the application or ensure its technical support and development.

To start the discussion, the client needs to describe his upper business requirements. Here’s what is included there:

tasks that need to be solved using the application;
What business processes will be automated in the product;
What system will the application integrate with: corporate site, CRM, 1C-boiler, etc.;
What is the budget planned;
examples of interfaces or visual solutions that you like;
Demo-version of the project, if the application is already ready.
This will help create a TK, evaluate the terms and cost of work.

What stages the project passes
As soon as the necessary information is collected and a request is formed, time to move to the main stages: to determine the volume of work, sign the contract, collect the command and start working on the application.

We will analyze each stage in more detail.

Stage 1. Project assessment
Here the budget, terms and scope of work on the project are determined. The purpose of the stage: to form a document with goals and objectives, evaluate each feature in hours of work and evaluate their cost, describe technologies, potential risks and responsibility of the parties.

For example, this is how the schedule of the stages of work in each direction looks:

What steps can this stage include:

The sales department is associated with the customer and forms the final request.
The Analytics team describes all the functions that the client needs.
Developers and designers prescribe how much time it will take for the implementation of each function, what technologies and tools will be used.
The finished document is agreed with the client.

If there are several main functions, MVP can be divided into parts that can exist independently of each other and benefit. In the future, you can modify each of them and release the application to the market in parts.

Stage 2. Project planning
As soon as we discussed general points with the client, we move on to specifics: we clarify legal issues, sign the documents and form a team.

Signing the contract
When the client decides on cooperation, the contract is signed. It indicates what services will be provided, what work is planned and at what stages, a calendar plan and reporting rules are drawn up.

We at Siberian.pro offer different options for cooperation.

By the format of work:

Outsourcing – we take care of the development of your project.
“Outstaffing” – provide our developers who will work with you and perform certain tasks.
By the form of payment:

Fix Price – we fix the exact volume of work, terms and cost before the development.
Time & Material – take payment for the time spent on development.
We discuss and document the appropriate format in the contract.

The formation of the team

The composition of the team depends on the specifics of the project. When developing a game, animation and sound experts are important, and the creation of a banking mobile application is impossible without a security specialist. The number of participants in each role can also be different: one analyst and one designer or three analysts and five designers may account for ten developers.

Typically, the project has the following roles:

Coordination of communications with the client
Here, reports and approvals are discussed in detail. With which channels are communicated, at what time the team is in touch in the case of ordinary and emergency situations, how often to provide work reports, who are responsible for communication, etc.

For example, we at Siberian.pro report to the client a project status to the client every week. We solve all legal issues by mail, and we conduct correspondence on the project in messengers: Slack, Telegram, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom. Closing documents and payment is carried out through Edo if the client has it. For each project, we allocate a separate account manager and project manager. The first is responsible for relations with customers, the second – controls the project itself and the process of creating a product.

Instead of the conclusion
Start with Android, if you want to cover as many users as possible, you plan to earn money using advertising, you will not make a retail application and are ready to spend a little more on development.

Start with iOS if you bet on users with higher income and built-in purchases, as well as plan to sell goods in a mobile online store and want to save a little on development.

If in doubt, make MVP. This will allow you to quickly enter the market by releasing a tested product without bugs. We recommend that MVP do it to everyone, regardless of the business and the type of application.

This cycle of articles is based on the book that we recently made for our customers. In this book, we tried to answer the main questions that they have:

How to understand that my business needs a mobile application;
why companies do their mobile services;
how much development costs and how to save on it;
how work is being built on a mobile application;
Who is better to work with – with a freelancer or studio;
What to do after the application is ready.