As App Developers, we often see some companies make the same mistakes over and over again. Many of these mistakes can result in time-consuming and expensive problems. The good thing is that most of them can be avoided. This does not only save time and money. It also allows an app to be better prepared for the market.
Since the best way to solve a problem is to avoid it in the first place, here are some of the most common app development mistakes to watch out for.
1. Being Too Optimistic about Your Timing
We all like to think that we will do everything better and faster than everyone else. When it comes to the things that are under our control, we tend to be over-optimistic. Even when we accept this fact, we are victims of a cognitive bias. It is an inherently flawed way of thinking in our cognitive processes that has been highly documented by behavioral scientists.
This is particularly problematic when establishing timeframes for your app development project. A simple mistake can end up being very expensive. Developer and designer work hours can be pricey.
The best strategy to avoid this mistake is to be conservative about your estimates. That way you can stick to a budget and a schedule that you will probably under execute. It might require you to have resources compromised even if you don’t use them in the end, but that is better than needing any additional resources you don’t have.
Another good alternative to avoid this mistake is to develop a detailed map of the steps of your app development project. This way you can have detailed information about what your project needs, thus allowing you to make batter estimates.
In the end there is no guarantee that everything will turn out 100% according to the plan, but you can at least minimize the risk that it goes haywire.
2. Bypassing QA & DevOps
Another common app development mistake is bypassing critical steps like Quality Assurance and DevOps. This will help you make sure that your app is fully prepared to hit the market and interact with users. If a user finds your app functions inadequately, the result will most likely be a lost engagement opportunity.
QA is essential to detect bugs at an early phase. Bugs that are detected at a late stage of the development process tend to be more expensive. DevOps is key in making sure that your systems are fully configured and integrated to scale and meet your users’ needs.
Although bypassing them might seem attractive, as it will save you some time and money in the short term, doing so is not the best decision. The risks and potential problems strongly outweigh the benefits.
3. Stuffing Unnecessary Features
The best app is not the one that does everything. Outstanding apps work properly and meet users’ needs in a simple way. Keep this in mind when defining the features to include in your app. Too many features can be counterproductive for various reasons. For a start, most of them will surely remain unused, but they will make your app unnecessarily heavy. Also, too many features mean increased complexity. Users prefer products that are simple.
User stories and epics are great tools to make sure that you have the right features. This will also help you determine which are the best features that are essential to consider in the early stages of your app based on your budget. It is best to leave other features for future updates, thus saving time and money while being strategic about how you grow your app.
4. Underinvesting in a Good Design
Probably one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to app development is to underinvest in a good design. A great app is not only its code. Elements like a great UI, an outstanding UX, accessibility, usability, and other interaction functionalities are what ultimately engage users. They can make the difference between a regular app and an engaging one.
Defining what good design is will not be easy even if you have your app idea properly worked out. The best way to decide what design approach works best for your app is to be methodical about it. Whether you focus on Design Thinking or other approaches, make sure to test your assumptions before hitting the market. However difficult this is, keep in mind that great design pays off easily. Bad design sends the wrong message to your users and can end up being expensive.
5. Relying Only on Inhouse Expertise
The last mistake we often see when developing an app is that companies feel that, because they have an internal development team, they do not need to outsource any of their processes. This might be true for big organizations, but it does not reflect the reality of the majority. Most of the time certain activities can be outsourced in order to achieve better results.
Even if you have a great team of developers and designers, having an impartial third party who can give you objective advice on important matters is priceless. The right app development partner can make all the difference when it comes to crucial aspects of your project, not only terms of development, but also from a business perspective.
Developing an app is only as hard as you allow it to be. Having an app development partner like Koombea can make a difference. Contact us for a free consultation and avoid these mistakes.