Understanding an Application Development Life Cycle

When deciding to develop a mobile application, it is important to understand the entire process.

According to our approach, here is the application development life cycle of a typical project, regardless of complexity:

  • Planning phase (involving project managers, marketers and business analysts) - Conduct business analysis and develop mobile strategies.
  • Technical documentation - Describes all technical requirements and details.
  • Prototyping (usually produced by UX / UI designers) - Create sketches, wireframes, prototypes, and final appearances of the application after approval.
  • Development (executed by the developer) - front-end and back-end parts of the code.
  • Quality assurance (usually performed after each agile sprint is completed, then error repair) - Test technical requirements, device compatibility, interfaces, security aspects, etc.
  • Release and maintenance - Publish to the app store, update the version, infrastructure and all application maintenance.

Planning Stage

When creating a mobile application, it's important to take the time to do the necessary steps for research and planning.

Business Analysis

  • Evaluation of the idea - In the initial phase, when a specialist investigates the idea, corrects it, makes a suggestion and creates an approximate logic for it.
  • Competitive Analysis - Study the activities of other market participants.
  • SWOT Analysis - Evaluate product pros and cons, opportunity insights, and other aspects.
  • ROI Calculation - An assessment of future application market performance helps you achieve real value and adjusts your budget accordingly.
  • Scope of Requirements - Summary of future product requirements at all levels.

Mobile Strategy

  • Market Research - This study shows the market overview and helps you adjust the product concept to current needs.
  • Defining User Roles - Knowing who your audience is an essential step to developing your advertising approach.
  • Technology and tools assessment - Study the specific tools required by the industry and select a set of technologies to achieve the project goals.
  • Complex promotional strategies - a step-by-step action plan for acquiring and retaining users.

Technical Documentation

Also known as technical specifications or software documentation, it is a complex manual for your product that describes the requirements, business logic and guides your experts in all phases of the app’s life cycle:

  • Make your software universally understandable.
  • Provide flexibility for future changes.
  • Add value to your application by providing a clear manual.
  • Help control your own products.
  • Allows the reuse of existing parts of the developed application.

Prototype

Prototyping is the process of defining concepts in visual terms and evaluating how the application evolves to correct the wrong concept.

  • Create a sketch - The draft version of your application defines the main logic in the paper, the number of screens and how they interact with each other.
  • Create wireframes - Provides a preview of the structure of the sketch.
  • Create clickable prototypes - help identify and analyze all possible use cases and discover logical flaws and technical inconsistencies in the original idea.
  • Design the skin of the application - collect all the wireframes and join them to get the final design.

Code Development

This segment usually consists of two main parts:

  • Front End Development - creating a software presentation layer for direct user interaction with the user.
  • Backend Development - The server / database part of the development that connects the front end of the mobile application to the data access layer.

Quality Assurance

In agile development, it is usually a continuous process after each development phase:

  • Compatibility Test - Run the application on different devices and screen sizes.
  • Interface Test - Check navigation performance, menus, and buttons.
  • Device Compatibility Test - Check the look and feel of your application across multiple screen sizes.
  • Low-level feature testing - check the application with low battery, slow connection to the Internet, etc.
  • Security Test - provides quality assurance for user data security.
  • Beta Test - Allows users to access the application for feedback.

Publication and Maintenance

Publish the app and the updated version to the selected app store.

  • Infrastructure support - If you have a management dashboard to publish or attach to a cloud service, you'll need to make sure it's fully functional.

App Store Optimization

Help your app get to the top of the search list so you can get more users.

Get the Most Out of your Application Development Project

Here are some tips on how to make the most of your own application development life cycle:

  • Remember what is the fashion + search market and target audience. This is an early critical phase that will impact all aspects of the project and all decisions.
  • Specify as many products as you want to see at the end of the project’s life cycle.
  • Defining the software's minimal features and functionality at the planning and prototyping points will help identify areas that save money on actual development.
  • Negotiate your ideas with a reliable development team.

Contact us today - we will make sure we are on the same page at any stage of the application development life cycle and help you bring your project to life.