5 Things to Accelerate Your Mobile App Development

5 Things to Accelerate Your Mobile App Development

Mobile app development is not an easy process, but the pros most definitely outweigh the cons. Mobile apps are great for your business because they make your brand stronger, boost your profits, and can also help your clients connect better with your company. 

To help get you through the app development process as quickly as possible, check out these five tips for app acceleration! 

 1. STRATEGY, STRATEGY, STRATEGY

At the base of any project is a plan or strategy. If you don’t know what’s going on with your app, how can you even begin to accelerate its development? Work with your team to develop an encompassing strategy for your app, including elements such as:

Once you’ve got those elements mapped out, you can better view what processes can be accelerated. 

2. Cross-Platform Development 

The mobile app development process can be heavily slowed down due to conflicting platforms. An app built for iOS can’t run on Android and vice-versa, which means developers waste time (and energy) building two versions of the same app. Instead of building an individual app for each platform, try cross-platform development! Cross-platform development is when you develop an application that can run on multiple platforms. Cross-platform app development frameworks work for both iOS and Android and will save your team time and effort. A single codebase, uniformity, and easier implementation are just a few of the many perks of cross-platform development. 

3. TRY OUT AGILE DEVELOPMENT

If you aren’t sure what agile development is, here’s our easy way of describing it: You know how some people wait until they’re done eating to clean up the mess from cooking? Agile development doesn’t do that. It is the practice of cleaning as you go.

Instead of waiting until the end of development to find any bugs, you review each section and test for bugs then. On top of acceleration, agile development allows for better control, continuous improvement, and better project predictability. 

4. AUTOMATE TESTING

Testing is a critical part of app development. No one wants to use an app full of bugs (we most definitely don’t). While critical, testing can be insanely time-consuming. To put a little pep in testing’s step and speed it up, consider using automated testing tools. While the tools work their magic, your team can put that effort and time into other elements of the app development process. A few automated testing tools your team could use include: 

  • Appium
  • Calabash
  • Frank
  • Robotium 

5. A GREAT TEAM

You know what they say, “teamwork makes the dream work,” and it is no different here. Behind every successful project is a strategy (see #1) and a great team. Keep open lines of communication between team members and be willing to listen to and consider suggestions about the development process from your team. Also, make sure you show appreciation for your team members (our favorite way is our Friday fist bumps). App development can be tedious and frustrating, but with a dedicated and driven team, the process can run smoothly and quickly. 

We know app development isn’t easy, but hopefully these tips can prevent you from going crazy during your mobile app development process. When it gets rough, just remember all of the benefits that come with having a mobile app and believe in your team!

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