Communicating with a professional app developer is a make or break deal for any project, and staying at odds with them isn’t a good idea for your project or business.
Business correspondences range from a routine, quick instant message over a team communication tool to strategic goals discussions among the top executives in a meeting room. Whatever the type of correspondence, being on the wrong end of the communication cycle is dangerous.
The case with communicating with professional app developers is no different.
What is it like to be an app developer?
Mobile application developers are individuals with intellectual and inquisitive tendencies. Although being curious, rational, and analytical are part of their job descriptions, but they can also get creative and expressive when need arises.
Hence, a timely and assertive communication with your development team is important. You don’t want to say anything that could potentially disrupt their workflow and enthusiasm in developing a great mobile app.
Here we have a list of common, yet critical mistakes that you should avoid making when talking to an in-house or outsourced developer.
Things to not say to an app developer
“I am speaking with 10 companies, and I will go with the lowest offer”
“Great! Then go with the lowest offer and expect the same quality of output”, says the developer. Unsurprisingly, this is the reply you’re going to get when talking to a top developer or digital agency.
Apparently, rates will vary when talking to different service providers, but the real concern for clients should be the development expertise and quality output acquired.
Even if a company charges higher than others in the market, you’re ensured a sophisticated skillset and development process on board, which will clearly reflect in a superior tool for your business.
“I want a high quality app, I need it tomorrow”
Creating a top-quality Android and iOS application, worthy of getting listed at the top of app stores, takes time. It’s not something clients can expect as an overnight job.
App development is a tedious process, and when creating a top-notch tool which undergoes several sub processes under each process, patience is the key.
From all the preliminary research to wireframing and prototyping to deployment and post-launch services, every stage is thorough to ensure the client’s project scope and budget is appropriately utilized and justified.
“I want a basic app, but like Noon”
You’re never going to make your ends meet if you want a basic, but a Noon-like application at the same time.
An app like Noon comes with a huge catalog including electronics, fashion, beauty, toys, grocery, etc. products alongside powerful features like registration, multiple payment options, simple navigation, analytics, push notifications, social media login, feedback option, and more.
Development of such Gulf-based ecommerce tools goes beyond the mere development and functionalities, and the client need to understand the project scope and what’s at stake in developing a business tool like Noon.
“Show me the similar apps you have made”
Repeating the same development methodologies and approaches is one thing, but repeating the same app concept, UI aesthetics, user experience, etc. is a different thing altogether. At CMOLDS, we don’t do the latter one.
Clients should avoid asking top development companies if they have any similar apps, due to the fact that each of their successfully completed and launched projects has its own identity in the market. While accepting any new project is no different!
“Why will it take 3 months?”
On an average, a simple app with basic functionalities takes around 12 to 16 weeks for development and publishing. The timeline is divided for finalizing specifications, creating app UI design, conducting back-end and front-end development, doing QA testing, and launching the tool in the app stores.
Now each of the above processes are further divided into smaller phases that integrate and consume the time given to the client.
But when we talk about mid-tier to complex and gaming applications, the duration could take even longer as more work is required, additional resources are called in the team, there are more agile sprints for consistent reporting, and additional rounds of QA and documentation to ensure the app is flawless and fully functional.
The above statements are the most common mistakes that non-technical people often make when dealing with pro developers, either out of confusion, anxiety, or a bossy attitude.
You should understand that the development industry is competitive, with newer and more powerful Android, iOS, and gaming apps entering the play stores on daily basis. And losing an experienced developer would be the last thing to do if you’re to survive in the digital business and keep your clients satisfied with top-notch business tools and user experiences.
Imran Abdul Rauf is a Digital Marketing Strategist, employed at CMOLDS, and specializes in content marketing, email marketing campaigns, lead generation, and other aspects of digital marketing. A content enthusiast by the day, and hardcore gamer by night, Imran is also a regular guest contributor at some of the top tech and digital marketing platforms.