What are the best ways to speed up a mobile app development process?

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The best ways to speed up mobile app development

Mobile app and IT product development is a very complex and time-consuming task that requires a lot of effort and proper synchronization. Developers can be hit hard by busy schedules, coding, and deadlines. If app developers don't use correct mobile app development techniques, it will certainly affect the quality and speed of the app.

Many business owners and entrepreneurs are trying to create the best mobile app that will survive the competition. These days, mobile apps are built to gain recognition by targeting potential customers. If the application fails to get the attention it needs, your hard work will be wasted. Nowadays, hundreds of mobile applications appear on the market every day. The benefits of your application can diminish over time, especially if the application development process slows down. If you want your application to be effective enough to attract thousands of users, it must be developed at the right time.

We offer you 7 simple tips such as:

  1. Use low-fidelity wireframes as a guiding blueprint

  2. Adopt the Lean method, launch your MVP

  3. Consider hybrid mobile development solutions

  4. Follow Agile and two-week sprints

  5. Offload non-core activities

  6. Outsource non-core development features

  7. Set up automated testing to ensure app security and performance

Let's take a look at what steps you can take to complete your project quickly.

Top-7 tips to speed up the mobile app development timeline

Any startup wants to speed up development time to get their product to market as quickly as possible. Today we will share our practice on how to speed up the development process without compromising quality.

Let's take a closer look at each of them.

Use low-fidelity wireframes as a guiding blueprint

The first way to reduce product development time is to use a low fidelity wireframe in the UX design process.

Low fidelity wireframes include the most basic content and visuals and are usually static (non-interactive). They represent the interface and architecture of the application.

These wireframes are suitable for early product development, visualizing and testing early concepts, requirements, and design assumptions.

Adopt the Lean method, launch your MVP

MVP (minimum viable product) is a working product that allows you to assess market demand before a full-scale launch. The main goal of an MVP is to test the application at a minimum cost. Uber and Snapchat started as MVP apps.

The first version should include only the functions most necessary for the target audience. Run the application with 2-5 main functions, add the rest in the next versions when you are completely sure of the application and its relevance.

This approach will allow you to spend less time and estimate the demand for a particular "features" of the application. It's better than spending many times more time and then realizing that the idea is not in demand.

Consider hybrid mobile development solutions

Developing a hybrid application is less expensive than developing separately for each platform. Of course, native applications are more functional, faster, and make the most of the system capabilities of mobile devices, but they have a high development cost. Hybrid technologies can save budget and speed up product release, but they require certain trade-offs. Our blog has an article on the mobile app types that will help you understand the pros and cons of a particular type of app.

Follow Agile and two-week sprints

Agile advocates believe that instead of trying to develop “one perfect project,” you should focus on useful features that users might like, and then improve them based on feedback. By delivering a finished product in batches and not wasting time on developing perfection, you reduce the development time significantly. And user feedback at each stage allows you to adjust the development strategy and not make fatal mistakes that will require you to redo the entire project from scratch.

The team can act as a self-organizing group that iteratively designs, develops, tests, and releases workable features. Timing is managed using the concept of sprints lasting 2-3 weeks. Each sprint is used to deliver a new small batch of off-the-shelf software features. Although the current sprint is frozen, subsequent ones are subject to change based on customer feedback.

Offload non-core activities

Many companies, regardless of the scale of their business, at a certain stage of development are faced with the fact that they are forced to devote significant financial and time resources to solving problems not directly related to their core activities. This can be analytics, research, marketing, advertising, and any other tasks. You can significantly speed up the process by outsourcing these processes.

The general principle of offload non-core activities is that what a company makes money with is done by itself, and hires specialized companies to carry out non-core functions. This approach helps to achieve improvement in 3 areas of activity at once: the desire to concentrate on the main type of activity, improve the quality of non-core business processes, and reduce the cost of their implementation.

Outsource non-core development features

Delegation of non-core features to outsourcing will be one of the important steps to speed up the development process. We understand that many managers want to control everything at once, especially when it comes to their startup project, but experience shows that the resource is used much more efficiently when the work is done by professionals.

Most often, for individual projects and tasks, it will be cheaper and faster to hire an outsourcing company than to expand the staff of the project team with new specialists.

Also, you can outsource routine tasks that will take a lot of your developers' time and keep them busy with higher priority tasks.

A large selection of outsourcing companies on the market allows you to delegate almost any task.

Set up automated testing to ensure app security

Testing is something that you should never skimp on, even when creating small projects. Errors and shortcomings in the development process can lead to additional time costs after the release, provoke negative user reactions, and damage the reputation of your company. Adequate attention to product quality assurance will avoid all these troubles.

Top-9 tools to speed up mobile application development

In this part of the article, we suggest you familiarize yourself with the top 8 tools to speed up the process of developing a mobile application:

  1. Parse Server

  2. Fastlane

  3. App Design Templates

  4. PaintCode

  5. Figma

  6. Awesome iOS

  7. AppGyver

  8. Microsoft PowerApp

  9. Appcelerator

Parse Server

Parse is an MBaaS platform (mobile backend as a service) that makes it possible to create a backend for mobile or web apps in a short time. The functionality of the server-side is quite extensive, it includes data storage, push messages, analytics, user administration, server code, SDK for popular platforms, background tasks, analytics of crashes/errors of the connected application.

Fastlane

Fastlane is a tool for automating the build and deployment processes of mobile iOS and Android applications, which also includes generating screenshots, running Unit / UI tests, sending messages to Slack, connecting to Crashlytics, and many other useful things that make life easier.

App Design Templates 

If you want to save time on design, you can take a ready-made template and add your identity there. This can be a great option for applications that are built for business or the Internet of Things.

We've compiled a list of some of the best places to find design templates on the web. While all of these resources are free, some may ask you to pay for premium resources and the like; we just want you to know that we are not affiliated with any other site and have no financial interest in your buying online.

  • We love UI Patterns, this site makes it easy to search for patterns that you like and group them once you decide something is useful to you. They also have a bunch of interesting articles about UI design patterns that can help expand the way you use patterns in your projects.

  • WELIE is not the prettiest site we've ever seen, but it has a very useful template library, logically grouped and incredibly useful.

  • Pattern Browser is fully consistent with its name (pattern search); it allows you to quickly switch between UI templates in a browser window. There aren't as many templates here as some of the larger sites, but it's a good resource nonetheless.

  • User Interface Engineering offers more than templates. It is a powerful resource that can satisfy many of your user interface needs. User and site comments are invaluable.

  • A great collection of all the ingredients to "bake" a site. NPM is a great source of inspiration and many of the templates here are very good.

  • A very nice graphic library called Design Snips for users who can search for patterns and then play with their user interface.

  • Web Design Practices have been around for a long time, but they are rarely updated and supplemented. Regardless, there is some very useful information here.

PaintCode 

PaintCode is one of the most important helpers in transferring design sources to developers. Despite some drawbacks, it is a powerful tool that saves a lot of time.

PaintCode uses your SVG lines and color data to generate Swift or ObjC, classes. With PaintCode, you can use expressions, variables, etc. to create passive/active states of buttons, dynamic text, animations using variables, etc. Thanks to the ability to use symbols everywhere, we significantly simplify the set of sources, and each time we get the correct display of the design.

Figma

Figma is a cross-platform online service for front-end designers and web developers.

In Figma, all documents are stored in the cloud. Thanks to this, in the editor, you can collectively work on layouts and open them by reference, without downloading.

You can access Figma through a browser or download the program to your computer. It is suitable for both Windows and Mac. In the desktop version, you can work offline, and when Internet access appears, the changes are synchronized.

Awesome IOS 

Awesome is technically not a tool, but a resource. And it’s a resource worth sharing!

Awesome is a list of resources, frameworks, libraries, courses, books, blogs, podcasts, tools, and templates for app development. A simple search on GitHub shows that there are awesome lists for pretty much anything, ranging from iOS to Swift to Android to JavaScript.

AppGyver 

AppGyver is a drag-and-drop HTML5 builder that can work with data from the REST API and can interact with popular backends like Facebook Parse and Built.io.

The company is targeting developers looking to quickly release a simple mobile hybrid app.

In the constructor, you can quickly add a prototype and export its code for manually fine-tuning. The apps run on AngularJS, the Ionic framework, and it's all wrapped up in PhoneGap.

An interesting feature of the platform is that you can generate a QR code in the constructor, scan it in the AppGyver mobile application, and see the latest changes right on your phone.

Microsoft PowerApps

PowerApps is a service from Microsoft that simplifies the creation of mobile and web business apps.

PowerApps aims to simplify the process of writing applications. Users will be able to use data from the cloud and local storage in their applications. By default, these will be Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, Dropbox, OneDrive and on-premises SharePoint systems, SQL Server, Oracle, SAP, and others.

If you, for example, want to base your application on data from an Excel file in Dropbox, PowerApps will let you do this with ease. With it, a company can write an app to track recruiting activities, or a sales team can connect data from Salesforce with other work tracking tools.

Microsoft offers a quality graphical interface and a set of templates to create an application in a few clicks.

Appcelerator

Appcelerator Titanium is an open-source development tool for mobile and desktop applications based on current web technologies. You can create modern, and most importantly, native applications using any operating system popular today: Windows, GNU / Linux, or macOS X.

Instead of a conclusion

The goal of any startup is to realize their idea before others do it. Therefore, it is important to do everything quickly and efficiently to provide users with a truly useful product.

If you do not have enough time and expertise in matters related to web and mobile development, UI/UX design, QA testing, research, marketing, and support, you can always turn to the Sannacode team who have a big product owning experience and great technical expertise. We will always come to you with a ready-made solution and will help both with the full-cycle development and individual tasks.

 

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