Developing an app can be incredibly stressful at times for everyone involved. Between tight deadlines and pressure from stakeholders, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with this type of project. Regardless of your role in the project, there are certain steps you can take to avoid becoming stressed out during the development phase. Let’s take a look at some of our top tips for avoiding stress the next time you work on developing an app.
1. Use a software development company
Without a doubt, our number one tip for businesses today is to use a software development company for their development projects. This removes the stress almost completely from your company and puts the pressure elsewhere. If you’ve been assigned the task of creating this app within your company, there’s no reason you can’t outsource part or all of the project.
Companies offer affordable solutions for businesses of all sizes and will work with you to understand your needs and requirements. You’ll still have full control over the design of the app and the overall finished project, but you won’t have to be involved in any of the hard work of building the app. Our sister company BSPOKE Software has extensive app-building experience, call them today for a free consultation.
2. Don’t include too many features
A common mistake within app development is being too ambitious with the first iteration of the app. While it would no doubt be nice to offer your customers dozens of great features, it’s much better to simply focus on the key requirements, to begin with. After the first release, you can still add continuous updates to improve your offerings, but this doesn’t need to all be done at once.
Create a plan for your app from the get-go, which you can follow to enjoy a less stressful experience. With fewer features to work with, testing and troubleshooting will be much easier, and you’ll find that you can easily resolve any issues that do occur.
3. Communication is key
Even before a single piece of work is completed, you’ll want to sit down as a team and establish how you will be communicating throughout the project. If you are hiring a software development company, it’s crucial you create guidelines for communication and expectations for how often you expect to be updated.
With so many online communication tools available today, there’s no reason for everyone to not receive clear and frequent updates. Establish a regular team meeting with everyone involved so you can quickly discuss any issues and frustration so it doesn’t start building up within the team. Communication is where the most stress occurs within software development, so ensure you are all on the same page at the start. If you find you aren’t receiving regular updates, make this known as soon as possible before it continues on for too long.
4. Testing is vital
Before starting your app development project, it’s important you establish how and when you are going to test your new app. Testing is crucial for any app before it hits the market, and you’ll find that using dedicated testers can stop you from finding too many issues later on in the process. If you are working with a software development company they will have already tested the app for errors. However, it is still a good idea for your team to test the app internally to ensure that all functionality has been met as required.
5. Create a roadmap
Regardless of whether you are using a software development company or you are building an app yourself, we highly recommend you start the development process by creating a roadmap for the app. If you are working in an Agile manner, you’ll want to plan out each release ahead of time. Try to remain reasonably flexible with your timeline, and don’t be too over-ambitious from the start of the project.
Breaking the project down into smaller two or three-week chunks will reduce the stress and make the project seem manageable from the start. You’ll find that you then have a clear map of where you are heading as a company, which you can share with stakeholders, employees, and customers as needed.
6. Have a clear target audience
Many app projects today fail as they simply did not define a target audience. During development keep the audience in mind from day one through to the very end of the project. This target audience will help to guide you every step of the way and you should always be asking yourself what they will expect. If your target audience is too large, you’ll soon find you become overwhelmed trying to cater to too many people’s needs. Reduce this stress by narrowing down your audience and communicating the expectations in this area clearly with the software development company you are working with.
7. Balance positive and negative feedback
During the initial release of an app, one of the most stressful and frustrating parts of the whole experience is reading the first reviews and feedback. As humans, we all have the tendency to zone in on the negative reviews and completely neglect the positive ones. Try to keep these reviews in balance and don’t just share negative comments with the team who have been working so hard on the app. Instead, take the time to constructively read and then collate all of the feedback. You don’t need to act on every criticism you receive and should just focus on those reoccurring issues that seem to be a major problem for your users.
Where to from here?
Developing an app doesn’t need to be a stressful experience. Follow all of these tips above and you’ll find that the process becomes much more enjoyable for everyone involved. We highly recommend you use a software development company for your app. A development company will shift the stress and pressure of developing the app away from you. They’ll work with you to establish your goals and timeline. From there, the only thing you need to worry about is communicating regularly to check everything is going to plan.
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