In this article, we are going to explore the next 4 factors you have to meet in order to estimate the budget for your app development project.
In the previous article, we explained the basic factors related to money, time, and planning.
In this article we are touching on topics like technology stacks and those to consider talking directly about your app idea, so keep reading.
4. Assess actual needs
The first step in estimating an app development project is to evaluate your business needs.
Is there a major problem with your current web app or mobile app? Are you looking to improve your internal operations through web or mobile technology?
Whatever it is, make sure that you can clearly identify why you need an app before moving forward.
5. Selection criteria
Selecting criteria for developers, technologies and project phases are different when it comes to development projects, particularly mobile application projects.
There are several factors that affect your choice of developer when it comes to mobile app development.
Things like budget, project duration, the functionality of the application, technology, and geography can be critical selection criteria for your decision-making process.
It’s important to understand what these mean as you start developing your criteria.
6. Determine functional and non-functional requirements
Before setting a budget, it’s important to determine what functional and non-functional requirements are.
This can be done through research and personal experience, but if you aren’t confident in taking on such an endeavor, it might be best to hire a developer who specializes in mobile app development rather than winging it.
7. Check previous apps for similar features
Let’s start with research.
Before you can estimate costs and a schedule, you need to know what your app needs in terms of features.
Conducting some background research on similar apps is a good way to get started; looking at how developers handled similar features and how long it took them will give you an idea of what’s reasonable.
Think about things like:
- How many features does it have?
- What kind of functionality does each feature offer?
- How complicated are those features?
- What kind of user experience do they provide?
This will help you determine whether or not your budget can cover all the functionalities you’re expecting to offer within your app and the time it takes to develop them.
Now you have more information to land your ideas to reality and your app’s functionalities too.
Remember to think from the customer’s perspective and the user’s experience it will help you to keep the process simple and to communicate better with the developers’ team.
We’ll be back soon to you with the three final factors to consider to estimate the budget for your app development.