10 stages of the application development process.
Goals and Objectives
This is the part where we get a clarity on the vision & mission and define the attributes of the product that we want to create and the desired results.
All stakeholders (users, customers, management, developers, partners) need to be involved early in the process. Creating a development think tank and talking about everyone’s needs and wants upfront increases the chances of the product being a success.
Shortlisting & Organizing
All the ideas, inputs, features, technologies are on the table. Now all this information is laid out by our consultants in meaningful layers of sketches and flow diagrams to imagine the user’s journey.
Testing the Concept
Front-end prototyping. Creating dummies of the application. We leave little to the imagination by creating static screens of the software.
It’s like creating a fake before making the original with limited clicks and functionality. Just enough to obtain feedback and get an idea if the application design is intuitive.
Here is where we do all the estimation and costing. Once the concept is frozen, we plan the team of developers, designers, architects and testers required to create the app.
It is important to plan this part out, especially for funded ventures. The plan that comes out of this stage is a phased approach to launch and divide the application into releases and version to maximize the returns on investment and to tie in the development goals with the business goal and the funds available. Time to market, features and budget are the usual negotiators of this stage.
(Re)Design & Documentation
It’s time to put the brains behind the bucks. Our architects, data scientists, and business analysts gather the detailed requirements and engineer the product into its specification documentation. The final technology and platform decisions are designed.
This stage involves coding. Everything that is done up till now in the previous stages is to prepare to program. Well-documented specifications make breaking down the work at this stage easy.
We throw user cases, situations, “what ifs” and knives at the application (under adult supervision) until it cries or sings. It’s the only way to figure out if it’s stable.
Depending on whether it’s a new application or a switchover, the pre-implementation involves taking care of all the dependencies and selecting the downtime (if any).
As long as there is an application, there is a wishlist. And as long as there is a wishlist, there is development to be done. Development is improvement. It’s time to grow!