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The Mobile App in 4 Steps

Agata Kruk, Giraffe Studio Co-founder

The Mobile App in 4 Steps: Learn How to Create Your Own Product

You already have the specific idea of your project. Or maybe it’s just an initial vision which you’d like to brainstorm. You probably know what functionalities you would like to base your product on, but you lack experience in the IT industry. In a word, you have an idea but you need support. Then we appear, all in orange. And so we enter the first stage of work on the project — we move into the conceptual talks.

Step One: Contact

Step One: Contact

This is an extremely important moment. We start to think about the project together. What technology would be the best? Which solution would really work for you? Will your initial assumptions be usable in the application? What you should do to create an original and intuitive product that the user will use with a pleasure?

Do not think that these questions are rhetorical. Nothing of the sort. At this moment, we must find the answers that will allow us to succeed later. But let’s go back to the beginning.

We need to get to know each other to properly understand your needs. This would seem obvious but as practice shows, it is not, which causes confusion and frustration at the following stages of project work. That is why we prepare coffee, sit down and talk freely. We brainstorm, draw a mind map, engage the team and look for all the answers. Together. Because, from now on, we are a crew. Team spirit is slowly kindling. We set out on a journey like Bonnie and Clyde. What is on the horizon?

Good research. We need to thoroughly explore the industry, check what competitors are proposing to go a step further and launch an innovative solution on the market. Looking for solutions that will meet your needs, we create a preliminary outline of the project. As a team, we prepare an initial estimate specifying the time and costs necessary to create any functionality. You can see clearly when, how and for how much your solution will be created.

Step Two: Vision

Step Two: Vision

We create a hierarchy of work, set priorities, define project stages, in short: we do everything to manage time well. Because our time is your coins, and since we are going together, we must keep up the pace. And that’s what we stick to.

Setting clear rules helps us to avoid surprises. It is extremely important to always accurately determine the duration of individual iterations, scrupulously write down the schedule of the entire project and indicate areas that may change because, at the very beginning, it is difficult to talk about them in details. We should not be afraid of talking about money. Precise valuation of the enterprise has a very positive impact on the development of further cooperation. You do not feel cheated and the team’s work goes with the right speed.

The plan for the application is of course preliminary, it requires many conversations centered around individual project areas. Team members who are responsible for them should participate in the discussion. Breaking the application down into prime factors, you get to know the vision of the graphic designer, backend solutions and challenges related to Android or iOS version.

And since we already know where we are going, we sit comfortably in the seats and follow the plan!

Step Three: Development

Step Three: Development

It’s high time to speed up. Your application is getting bigger every day, new functionalities are appearing, everything is slowly taking the right shape.

Each stage, usually lasting 3–4 weeks, is preceded by the work of a graphic designer who prepares UI presenting elements that will be coded during this period. Controlling whether the team sees it exactly as you do minimizes the risk of wasting time creating unsuccessful solutions that are not in line with the projector’s vision.

After the agreed time has elapsed, you receive the “next piece” of your application and that’s a perfect moment for the next conceptual conversation. You indicate the elements that require minor changes, the team conducts re-tests and prepare an accurate time, costs and organization estimate for the next stage of the project. You know exactly what is going on. What is more, you do not hesitate enjoying a peaceful evening in the cinema. Because when you admire the beauty of the setting sun, they sit and code.

What else is worth paying attention to? It is important that communication takes place regularly. Why? Because then, we are able to control all the components of the project to a greater extent. The lack of weekly conversations may result in misunderstandings, negatively affect the team’s efficiency and morale as well as contribute to delays. It is worth remembering. But of course it is not about us, because we are just coming out of the next turn and going towards the set goal.

Step Four: Product

Step Four: Product

That’s it! We’ve reached the finish line. You’re just holding the phone with your new app. You get more and more excited because you can see how the number of downloads increases, how users generate more and more motion, how you come across their responses. Then it comes to you that you have invested well and the time has passed definitely faster than you had imagined.

But, but… it’s not over yet. The application on the market requires further development, responding to the evolving needs of its users. You don’t have to worry about that. Working with a good software house results in the security of your product long after the awaited release. Implementing further solutions, developing the application and using the support of a proven team makes your product stable and users have no reason to complain.

As you can see, the whole process described above is not the simplest. It requires great awareness, knowledge of the industry, as well as the willingness to combine bold ideas with technological possibilities. It also involves risk. However, remember that at every step of the process you can minimize it effectively, and the goal is worth the intensive work. Time will pass anyway. The question is, will you use it well and, just within a few months, see with your own eyes what is in your head now? If you are ready, we are waiting at the start, you already know the way to the finish line :)<br><br>See what your application can look like. Discover our extraordinary product Let’s Fly.

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Agata Kruk

Agata Kruk

Giraffe Studio Co-founder

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