The Mobile Apps Development Life Cycle In Software Development Company

The Mobile Apps Development Life Cycle In Software Development Company

Mobile apps development is a new and complex technology that requires proper discipline and a professional software development company with proven capabilities in all the major mobile application development technologies. Usually, software development companies’ work according to a definite plan or development life cycle which insures that the software is developed according to the best development strategies.

The mobile apps development life cycle is usually as discussed below:

The Discovery Phase: The first or the initial phase of the development life cycle involves a lot of research and information gathering. Ideas are gathered and after much review the most suitable and feasible idea is promoted for development. Once the concept of the app is finalized, the process of gathering requirements for the development of the actual application starts. Each and every functionality of the app should be very carefully documented. Moreover, there will always be some functions that you won’t like the app to do. Users using an app are to be provided enough freedom along with necessary limitations. The five W’s (who, what, when, whey, where) of problem statement should be properly analyzed before sending the project any further.

The Designing Phase: Once a feasible idea is finalized and the key ingredients have been decided, the design phase of software development should start. A project development team is formed according to the requirements and the project complexity. A work-flow and design of the application is created in this phase. The components of the application are individually designed to minutest details and their specific functionalities, roles, features etc are clearly documented. A lightweight model of the application is also created in order to determine whether the desired application and the technologies required for it are feasible or not. Proper personals are included in the designing phase according to the requirements. The designing phase should end with approvals from all the relevant departments and a final approval from the single key decision maker among the key stakeholders.

The Development and Testing Phase: The development team in the software development company receives the project for development only after successful completion of designing phase. Usually the development and testing go side by side in order to catch the bugs as soon as possible and rectify them when it is still easier to do so. However, sometimes both the activities are divided into two different phases. For mobile application development, the side by side testing of application has been found to be very effective. The development of the application should be based on the best development practices. The stakeholders should take regular reviews and project development information to ensure that the project goes exactly as planned. Once the application is developed it should be again tested to insure that the components are working properly after integration.

The Deployment Phase: Once the mobile apps development is complete and a final product is acquired, the work should be transitioned to the advertising and marketing team. They are responsible for preparing the required material for the release of the application. Good marketing and effective advertising campaigns are very important for a successful application. The product should be launched only after proper marketing campaigns.

Maintenance and Updates: The last phase of the mobile apps development is actually a post development phase and it may go on for many years. Once the product is released into the market there are going to be maintenance requirements for the application. Something might need to be added, removed or edited in the application. All these maintenance activities are taken care of by the software development company. Further, periodic updates will be required for the mobile application. These updates will also be developed by the software development company. Special contracts are signed for maintenance and updates services.

Mobile apps development should be outsourced to professional and experienced software development company as the total development cost is usually very high and only top-notch applications are able to achieve what their stakeholders and clients expect form it.