It struck you like a bolt of lightning. You may be bold enough to call it, an epiphany. You’ve developed a solution that will revolutionize your industry, or maybe even the world. Now you need a development team. Where do you start? Right here.

At FRONT side sync, we adamantly believe that an educated customer is the best customer. In full disclosure, an educated customer is also, generally, a more cooperative and satisfied consumer. Which is why, we want you to better understand the production cycle of app development.

THE BASICS OF APP DEVELOPMENT

We’ve simplified the entire process down to 5 basics of app development. These 5 steps will help ensure you are acquiring the correct team with the capabilities to execute your vision.

Step 1.

Formulate executable tasks from your idea. At this phase, an experienced technical business analyst and project manager is critical. You need a knowledgeable professional, capable of understanding what you envision, with the skill of converting your vision into an itemized list of deliverable tasks. How else will your vision become a reality?

This requires a discovery phase where the analyst and project manager determine the ideal technology to build your application (also know as your tech stack), creates a list of deliverables, estimates costs and initiates a strategic plan identifying the priority of deliverables.  

Step 2.

Identify the team. Your project manager, will have a full scope of technical professionals on hand to execute the strategic plan developed in step 1. This will include at minimum, a:

  • DevOp Specialist (also know as the project manager), the glorious translator who ensures that all communication is cohesive between the development team and the IT operations team.
  • User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Designers ensure optimal user interfaces are implemented, making the app user friendly.
  • Front-end & Back-end developers to ensure the site/app operates. These are the team members who create your database architecture using the optimal industry systems.
  • IOS/Android Developers are responsible for extending your web application to mobile and building the native mobile application.
  • Q/A Engineers are responsible for ensuring there are no bugs in your web or mobile application.

These key players are essential when partnering with a full stack development team to appropriately execute your project.

Step 3.

Project Development, this is where the magic happens. At this phase, each team member is working toward reaching the goal of deployment. You may not understand every detail that is occurring during this process but you should have a clear view of what is occurring. A Gantt chart will allow you access to a visual, outlining each phase and the expected completion date. At this point you may be learning more about app development then you ever thought you would.

Step 4.

Technical Environment In this phase you will likely be learning about all of the key tools that are moving your project forward, if you want to.  By hiring the best team, you can be as involved or hands-off as you choose. You can monitor your Gantt chart daily if you want to understand each phase and functions of your development cycle. You’ll have access to all of this information from the project management system, which will outline the development environment.  

Ensuring that every aspect of your app is as unique as your idea, involves using the specific software and hardware that will be ideal for your project. Rest assured, the best software platforms, security solutions, and hardware are implemented for optimal performance of the application.  

Including, but not limited to

Programming Languages

PHP, JavaScript, Objective C, Swift, Java (Android)

Frameworks and CMS

Symfony 2/3, Laravel, Zend 2/3, Sylius, ApiPlatform, Core PHP

Drupal, WordPress,

jQuery, Angular.js, ReactJS, Vue.JS, D3.js, ExtJS,

Databases

MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB

Front End

Responsive design, Adaptive design, LESS, SASS, SCSS,

HTML5, CSS3, Twitter Bootstrap 3,4, Twig, Smarty,

Cross browser compatibility

( IE9+, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome)

Step 5.

Deployment Congratulations! You’ve reached an amazing benchmark in your cycle, you’re getting ready to deploy your app. In this exciting phase, your app development team will be initiating and recording QA and testing. QA is the function of reviewing and analyzing the process and procedures of your app. While testing, involves looking for problems with the software. Once your software application is launched, it should continue to be monitored and updated, as needed.

Developing an app is a highly technical experience, which will be well worth the work if you truly intend to revolutionize your industry. These steps are presented as a high level overview of the basics of app development. To discuss your concept, give us a call. We’re happy to help you bring your concept to market.  

To learn more about all that we offer, visit our home page at  FrontSideSync.