Driven by competition and curiosity, it is easy for aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs to build an app for their business quickly.
While this may turn out to be great for a few companies – depending on their market segments and functionalities – it may also be a blunder for the rest. App development is a systematic process that requires precision detailing, budgeting, data-driven forecasting, analysis, and more.
Whether you have a self-sufficient business or have a funded venture, it is essential to channelize your app development budget the right way. A planned initiative has more chances of fetching you good RoI than an unplanned one. In today’s post, we are going to exactly delve into this idea and understand the philosophies and concepts behind maximizing our app development budgets.
So, if you’re someone in the process of developing a mobile app for business, this post will give you all the details you need not just to budget your app development better but maximize it.
Let’s get started.
Maximizing Your App Development Budget
Know The Development Process
Ask any tech expert on maximizing your app development budget, and they would immediately start with having a good goal and defining it or choosing the right platform. However, we believe that if you have decided to have a mobile app for your business, you would have crossed such stages in your idea evolution phases. That’s why we emphasize the importance of understanding the development process of your app.
By development process, we mean understanding –
- the working of your app
- its modules and build
- the core tech that will power your app development process
- the basics of the tech concept you intend to deploy for your app
- the development technologies and frameworks such as native, cross-platform, or hybrid
- the way your users would interact with your app
- the app submission and app store optimization processes, and more.
Apart from these, you should also have first-hand knowledge of how your app will require and utilize user data and its interaction with 3rd party integrations.
While it’s true that a team would be working with you on app development, mastering fundamentals and having a solid grasp of approaches like these will only help you have a holistic view of app development and tailor your app development budget better.
Handling Requests Of Proposals
Otherwise known as RFPs, these are roadmaps for developers and app development companies to understand better your ideas, vision, and product (app). At this stage, we are sure you are sending out proposal requests and quotes to a myriad of app development companies. Having the most detailed RFP allows you to better hunt for ideal app development companies.
For instance, if you are sending a detailed RFP to an app development company in Austin, and an app development company in California, you could quickly figure out their app development expertise to the way they respond to your proposal. Besides helping you zero-in on app development companies, it also helps you arrive at more effective app development budgets.
Ideally, a good RFP should include the following elements:
- set deadlines and time to market
- value propositions
- The estimated budget for app development
- business and market-specific needs and more
Define Your Milestones
When you are brainstorming a business idea, you need to be optimistic about it. However, when you turn your idea into a tangible product, you need to be pessimistic or somewhat realistic about it. That’s why you need to have everything defined and set in your app development journey.
Having a deadline or time to market for your app alone is not enough. You need to have a proper app development calendar that mentions specific milestones and check-ins for a more refined app development process.
For instance, you could have a deadline for phase I of app development. You may also have specific milestones to hit in that phase, such as completing the wireframe, zeroing in on color schemes, cracking an MVP, demo one, or even determining diverse modules that would go into the app.
Based on your business, the milestones and check-ins would vary, but what should be universal is the deadlines for each micromodule in development.
This will not only allow you to eliminate glitches in your app but maintain your deliverables and payouts better.
Tons of documentation work are involved in the app development process, and as business owners, it is on us to assess, maintain and archive all such documentation. There needs to be a proper balance and coordination between technical work and documentation, and that can happen only when you have defined the following three elements –
- making sure you have read software documentation and understood its relevance
- clearly defining your project’s scope
- preparing an extensive RFP (like we saw)
One of the most necessary documentation you would work on is the Statement Of Work (SOW). This mandatory document mentions the deliverables, expectations, and objectives of a project. From information on project description and timeline to technical specifications and product validation stages, an SOW has everything mentioned clearly.
At any point in time, you need to clearly understand some of the most common documentation involved to better view the development process and its budget.
Consistently Validate And Optimize Your Product
An airtight app idea always bags a fat development budget while mediocre ideas fetch average funds. That’s why we suggest you simultaneously and consistently work on validating and optimizing your app idea.
- Have an MVP developed or roll out versions to your trusted inner circle and get their reviews and suggestions for implementations
- If possible, get a firsthand evaluation of your app’s navigation and user experience is done in your circle. Increase the sample size to eliminate bias and patterns.
- Ask yourself if the solution you are working on has a worthy problem to tackle in the first place.
- Find out answers to whether the USPs of your app is visible and instantly accessible by your audience.
- Question on the technical literacy or tech familiarity of your intended target audience and do more.
Answering these will open up newer angles about your app you never thought of in the first place. That’s why we also recommend coming out of tunnel vision during app budgeting and even in the development stages. The more open you are about your app, the more refined the final product would be.
So, keep these tips in mind, implement them and maximize the budget for your app. Let’s assign 2021 for growth and excel at it together.
Author Bio: Hardik Shah works as a Tech Consultant at Simform – a dedicated team of a mobile app development company. He leads large scale mobility programs that cover platforms, solutions, governance, standardization, and best practices. Connect with him to discuss the best practices of software methodologies @hsshah_.