04 May Mobile App Development: 4 FAQs to Know Before You Start
Mobile app development is a big job with tremendous potential for boosting your organization’s revenue, operations, customer experience and engagement — but also great potential to derail if you go into it blindly, without a trusted guide or proven path.
In this post, we cover four frequently asked questions to help steer you in the best direction for your goals as you consider mobile app development.
1. How much does it cost?
Pricing is an important consideration in your project. And yet, asking how much mobile app development costs is a bit like asking how much a house costs: It depends.
For an app that’s expertly developed to support business goals long-term, plan on investing at least $30,000 for best ROI. A great mobile app takes time, investment, and expertise.
By investing in a custom mobile app, you’ll own the code instead of being handcuffed to a long-term licensing agreement with a third party. More importantly, a well-thought-out app should support your financial, operational, and other business goals, helping you reach them faster.
>> Want to gauge how much your custom app might cost? Here’s a handy calculator.
2. What does a standard contract look like?
You’ll have different types of contracts to choose from when contracting custom mobile app development: (1) Time and Materials Contracts; (2) Fixed Bid/Fee; (3) Fixed Budget; (4) Capped Budget with Accelerated Bonus. (We’ll link to details below.)
At a minimum, your contract should cover:
- Terms (deliverables, pricing, scope of work, warranties)
- Timeline (milestones, end delivery, adequate time for quality assurance and control testing, priorities vs general wish list items, and more)
- Materials (staff, equipment, servers, etc.)
- Documentation (not every contract includes build and design documentation, but it should be part of the discussion)
- Price Breakdown
A flexible developer will match the nature of your project with contract terms, but a responsible developer will also advise you that the contract should share the burden fairly between both parties.
Learn more about different contract types here.
3. React Native or Nativescript?
After clarifying your goals and expectations, you’ll need to choose a framework for your mobile app. Typically, that decision comes down to React Native or Nativescript frameworks. Which will serve you best?
Techaffinity explains them like this:
“The primary objective of React Native is to ‘Learn once, write anywhere.’ The core goal of React is to build platform-oriented UI. While most of the code can be reused across platforms, React will only allow you to build and render unique UI for each platform.”
“The primary objective of Nativescript is ‘Write once, use anywhere.’ Nativescript follows a holistic approach and you just need to write once and it will be running smoothly across all 3 platforms.”
While it’s great to be well-informed, we hope you won’t choose an app framework based on a blurb you read online, though. Talk through options with your chosen app development team (we hope that’s us!) to determine which framework best matches your needs.
4. How is mobile app development typically managed?
Custom app developers typically rely on one of two leading methodologies: Agile or Waterfall. In our industry, there’s much debate over which is best, and we’ve detailed the pros and cons of each methodology here. We opt for a hybrid approach, blending strengths from both Agile and Waterfall.
That hybrid approach includes crafting a design document early on, so we can accurately estimate the total project cost, then providing weekly status reports to clients, and demonstrating code progress every two weeks.
What’s most important is to have a project management process in place and actually follow it. It’s surprising how many firms operate without one, or abandon it when things get hard. No matter which approach your app developer chooses, ensure you are aware of, and confident in that choice.
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