The keys to speeding up your web-based app development.
In today’s business environment, you really can’t put a premium on timing. Getting your product out first isn’t necessarily the end-all and be-all, but getting your product out at the right time is absolutely crucial to its success. The ‘right’ time varies for different companies and products, but it’s more often than not a situation that calls for speed versus waiting. So what can you do to speed up your web-based app development so that your killer application doesn’t miss its optimal window for release?
Below we’ll take a look at five things that any business can do to help speed up their development process.
How to Speed Up Web Based Application Development Process
Don’t skimp on research and planning
There’s a lot you can accomplish with a talented team and a good idea. But many great ideas have died in the crib because some teams believed that’s all they needed. In fact, to make a truly successful app, you need to invest the time and hard work into the both the business side of the operation and the tech side. This means doing exhaustive research on the market and developing a plan around that research because doing so will prevent a tonne of headaches during development.
Another important planning stage that needs to happen has concerns the development lifecycle. For instance, if you’re adopting the waterfall model, then you need to have clearly defined steps that have deliverables and deadlines that will help keep your team on track.
Conversely, if you’re looking to do things with a little more fluidity and instead are adopting something like the Agile methodology, then you also need to ensure that the lines of communication are set up between the teams and that the process for collaboration is simple and straightforward.
No matter how you end up building your product, you need to lay the groundwork before to make sure that the nitty-gritty details don’t get your team hung-up. That means planning and research before you even lay down your first line of code. Otherwise, you’ll be encountering small and big nuisances along the way that will hamper your development process but could have been cleared away with a little bit of planning.
Pick the right tech
So once the game plan has been set and you’re ready to begin coding, one of the best ways to smooth the process along is to make sure that you’re using the right framework and other tools for the job. For instance, here’s how Apple is benefiting the Health IT industry.
For instance, if your team is best suited in Java, then stick to Java. It’s simple, but you’d be surprised by how many startups and businesses get distracted by something shiny and new, trying to implement it on a dry run while developing an app, only to have the whole thing blow up in their faces.
And then you’ll also want to search out supplemental add-ons like frameworks and libraries that can boost your productivity. Libraries, for instance, will have archived coding strings that can make your life infinitely easier rather than having to start from scratch.
Open-source tools are also great resources for finding out what does and doesn’t work for people coding in the same language or framework that you’re using.
Get it out fast and get feedback
A lot of people in the tech industry tend to be perfectionists. And that’s not always a bad thing. There is a time and place for the perfectionist, and they often do push the team to achieve a better product overall by the end of development. But in terms of speed, perfection is toxic.
After all, you’ll never actually attain perfection. The best you can do is a get some approximation of flawlessness. But that approximation will take iteration after iteration after iteration and will cause endless headaches to yourself and your team.
With that in mind, you’re almost always better off releasing beta versions and other test-versions of the app in order to see how it functions in the real-world, collect feedback, then use the feedback to make an even better product down the line.
It’s not exactly reinventing the wheel, but you’d be shocked how many people get stuck trying to create the perfect app that the thing dies before it can ever be released, succumbing to a thousand changes and loss of time.
Take advantage of resources available
There is a wealth of backup available today for coders and developers. From managed services to cybersecurity consultants to freelance coders, there’s a million different options available to a team looking to get into web-based application development, so don’t be afraid to reach out and find help when it’s warranted.
Sometimes you have a coding workload that is particularly difficult but will require time and repetition. That may be a great time to hire on some extra help, outsourcing those more rote and routine necessities so you and your core team can tackle the big picture items and other areas that will make or break the app.
The idea being that while the mentality in the tech sector is very much DIY, that can often get you into trouble and slow your process down. Looking into hiring outside help in a number of areas can speed up your development by a healthy margin.
Tech is your friend
Similar to picking the right tech for coding, there’s also a number of different hosting services, app-development platforms, cross-platform hybrid solutions that allow you to code for multiple platforms simultaneously, etc.
Anyone of these services on their own can help speed up the process and save you time and money. But if you manage to compile the right gathering of tools together, you’ll be trucking along faster than ever in your development process.