Suspense is a big problem facing businesses when they want to launch a startup application. You may have read dozens of success stories and study the experiences of industry leaders on this subject. But even with all this knowledge, you can be completely at a loss about what exactly you should do. Sooner or later, all entrepreneurs end up at a development company, telling their ideas to the managers of their future projects. However, a couple of days before that happens, they surf the internet and hold meetings to discuss how things will unfold.
No doubt, building an application is far less challenging when you know what to expect and where the pitfalls are that you should avoid.
A note to remember
We concentrated on the experiences and questions that we often hear from our customers to help you understand how better to start down the road of developing your startup application. Thus, we came up with a “getting started” guide of what you should know as you approach the building of your first application. Steps include:
- Build your own vision
- Share it with the development team
- Learn about the development processes
- Understand how the development strategies work
- Together with the development company, elaborate a strategy for your product based on your business needs
Have a vision behind you
When meeting the development team, try to explain how you envision the application you want to build. Even better — search for applications you admire and tell us what you like about them.
Thus, by saying “I like the Netflix look and feel”, you will help the development team understand what kind of app you expect to get. They won’t build the clone apps or try to copy somebody’s else applications. However, when the team understands your preferences and sees an approximate picture of what you have in your head, you will never face the frustration of “I imagined my application to be different”.
Follow the development process
Forever and always you have to follow the development process. There is a thing about well-tuned processes. They usually stop being well-tuned when you skip stages or avoid steps.
We often face situations where the customer says they don’t think they need the process of business analysis or testing. Sometimes, startups make the mistake of believing they can start an application without a well-thought UI/UX but then add it afterward, as they test the idea.
Businesspeople who make these mistakes are often guided by the belief that they can save funds or speed up the release of the app to the market. However, the top reason why 70% of startup applications fail is that they underestimate the importance of the process and skip the stages.
What should you do instead? Well, again, follow the stated process.
Make sure that you have the right strategy
The win-win strategy for every entrepreneur brings them as much profit as soon as possible. Therefore, businesses always strive to implement in a product as many features as they can. Perhaps they think this is how they care about the users and show them respect. Someone within the business considers “big” multifunctional applications more trustworthy.
However, the best cost-saving strategy proven to be viable is building an MVP application first. Thus, you are building a product step by step, properly testing it and adding only the functionality required by your users. At the end of the day, none of the best globally known platforms appeared out of nowhere looking like we know them today. At one point, they were also apps with only two or three core functions and only a dozen users.
Get ready before you get started
Thinking ahead always brings profit. And when it comes to application development, planning updates is what makes your product competitive in the market. We at DB Best have experience building startup applications that grew from MVPs to global platforms. That was possible because of the well-considered strategy, the carefully planned updates, and the process that was followed step by step. We take those steps as a must until we understood where the problems of an app and can correct them systematically. Startups that believe in the path of least resistance fail, but the ones serious about the development process become a real success. This is why we hope you find this advice useful and you won’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our processes.