BlogDevelopmentTechnologyThe App Development Checklist: Key Questions to Ask Before You Code

Understanding the importance of asking the right questions before developing an app or software is essential. With so many options and possibilities available, getting lost in the process can be easy. In this article, I’ll discuss the questions potential clients need to ask themselves before beginning their project and how Aerion Technologies can help answer each one.

1. What problem am I trying to solve?
What problem am I trying to solve?

Before starting any software development project, it’s crucial to understand the problem you’re trying to solve clearly. This includes identifying the pain points that your target audience is experiencing and determining how your app or software can address those issues. 

By having a clear problem statement, you’ll be able to define the goals and objectives of your project and ensure that your development team is aligned with your vision. Defining the problem can also help you determine the project’s scope and prioritize your target audience’s most critical features and functionalities.

At Aerion Technologies, we work with clients to identify their needs and goals, and help them define their project requirements. 

2. Who is my target audience?
who is my target audience?

Understanding your target audience is critical in developing an app or software that meets their needs. You can tailor your features and functionalities to meet their needs and preferences by identifying whom your app or software is intended for. This includes conducting user research to understand their demographics, psychographics, and behaviour. 

By creating user personas based on this research, you can develop a product that resonates with your target audience and provides a seamless user experience. Understanding your target audience can also help you prioritize which platforms to support and identify the best channels for marketing and distribution.

At Aerion Technologies, we help clients conduct user research and analyze data to identify their target audience. This information is used to create user personas that guide the development process. 

3. What platforms do I want to support?
what platforms do I want to support for app development?

Determining which platforms to support is crucial when developing an app or software. This includes deciding whether to develop for iOS, Android, web, or a combination of these platforms. The platform(s) you choose will impact the development process, user experience, and the reach of your product. 

When deciding, you must consider your target audience and the platforms they will likely use. You should also consider the development costs and timelines associated with each platform and any additional resources needed to support them.

At Aerion Technologies, we help clients determine which platforms are best for their target audience and project requirements. 

4. What features do I want to include?
what features do I want to include?

Determining which features to include in your app or software can be overwhelming, especially if you have a long list of ideas. To avoid feature creep and ensure that your product meets the needs of your target audience, it’s crucial to prioritize features based on their importance and impact. This includes conducting user research to identify the most important features to your target audience and aligning them with your project goals and objectives. 

By prioritizing features, you can ensure that your development team is focused on delivering the core functionality of your product first and then adding additional features in subsequent releases.

At Aerion Technologies, we help clients prioritize features based on their project requirements and budget. 

5. What is my budget and timeline?
Budget and timeline for app development

Finally, it’s essential to consider your budget and timeline before starting any software development project. This includes determining how much you can afford to invest in development and the expected delivery timeline. 

When creating your project plan, it’s essential to factor in contingencies and account for potential delays or setbacks. By having a clear budget and timeline, you can effectively manage the development process and ensure that your project stays on track. This will also help you identify trade-offs between features and development costs and make informed decisions about the scope of your project.

At Aerion Technologies, we work with clients to determine their budget and timeline and help them develop a project plan that meets their needs. 

To Sum Up

Throughout my time at Aerion, I have worked on a variety of start-up concepts right through to multibillion-dollar global enterprise solutions. I have seen the profound impact that the right software solution can have when clearly defined, planned, and executed at scale. And all that starts with asking the right questions and answering them in the right way. 

As a result, our team at Aerion established a new approach called DevReady. DevReady is the key to our success because it clarifies to our clients where to start, what tech to use, and how to deliver the proper outcomes. 

Don’t just take my word for it! Here’s what our client has to say:

“The partnership with Aerion has really given us an edge in developing digital solutions to deliver a competitive advantage.”

–  Stewart Bird, Aurecon – Digital Futures Leader

If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact me. My team and I are here to help guide our clients through the process and answer any questions. By understanding the problem you’re trying to solve, identifying your target audience, determining which platforms to support, prioritizing features, and considering your budget and timeline, we will work with you to develop a successful app or software.

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