When you’re entering the business world, creating a mobile app must be one of your highest priorities. And to stay ahead of the competition, you’ll need to advertise a product that will get you appreciation from your potential customers.
Actually, developing a mobile app can be an expensive process. It takes time and effort to bring your idea to life, and generally, significant financial investment. For instance, you would need to pay for hosting or a marketing strategy to increase awareness.
Time is money and in the world of mobile apps the longer you spend working on your app, the more is going to cost you.
In this article, we can show you how to stay on top in a competitive market, while saving time, effort, and money, by reducing your development cycle without compromising quality.
Opt for cross-platform development
If you limit yourself to a single platform, you reduce your potential customer base instantly. Keep in mind that it’s not easy to build for various platforms! Creating and managing numerous codebases is the perfect way to double the development time – and you don’t want that!
Cross-platform development allows you to target different mobile platforms with the same codebase, minimizing the time you would usually spend interpreting, rewriting, and re-compiling the code to function across multiple platforms. We wrote more about this topic in our article: The Benefits of Cross-Platform Mobile App Development.
Focus on creating an MVP
Instead of waiting for your project to be finished, you can rely on developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), which contains the core features of your product, and then release this MVP as soon as it’s ready.
You will retain progress and keep your production cycles smooth and laser-focused by scheduling yourself regular deadlines and releasing them frequently.
As soon as your first MVP is released, you can begin gathering feedback to help define the updates that follow. You can get the highest benefit in the minimum amount of time by delivering only the features that your users want, especially when compared to painstakingly ticking off every idea on a long, unfocused “To Do” list. Only then can you consider the best fit for the company.
If you are wondering how MVP can help you, you can check out this article: Simple Steps to a Successful Minimum Viable Product.
Start from wireframes and use them wisely
A wireframe is, basically, a visual representation of your app’s User Interface. By generating wireframes, you will be able to explore several different concepts, structures, and architecture in a short period, and then easily and efficiently optimize your chosen idea through wireframes.
Wireframing will also help you find any UI or design problems before you begin writing code, so you can use this to make the needed changes, without having to spend days or even weeks rewriting code.
Keep in mind that for a robust application, the design is a crucial factor!
Opt for automated testing
Testing can be a time-consuming operation, but if you’re going to produce a successful, high-quality application then you’re going to have to put your code under intense examination.
Automated testing will drastically reduce the time needed to test the device, by performing a set of tests simultaneously that would take several hours to perform manually.
Because several testing methods can be implemented simultaneously, you might theoretically use automated testing to maximize the number of tests you are conducting, thereby reducing the amount of time you spend testing.
Regular code reviews
The best code is the result of collaboration. All programmers, both senior-level software engineers and beginners, occasionally need someone else to take a fresh look at their code and find the problems in it. This is how code quality is ensured.
You should perform frequent code reviews of your mobile app project since it greatly increases the coding efficiency.
This way you can avoid unexpected app behavior, critical issues going unnoticed, or the crash of the app in the production version.
Get a helping hand
If developing a mobile application from scratch falls outside of your area of expertise, you should definitely get some more help! Nowadays, outsourcing projects is a very popular practice, but make sure you opt for a professional team! You can find out how to do this from here: Why IT Outsourcing is the Best Business Decision?
Also, hiring an outsourcing company can help you complete the work in less time and gives you the possibility to scale your workforce up and down, to suit your project’s changing needs.
We hope that after reading this article, you’ll have more confidence in building a mobile app.
If you have any other tips that help to accelerate the mobile app development process, let us know in the comments below!