How to Choose a Mobile App Developer for Minimum Viable Products
Whether you’re a startup looking to impress investors or a venture capitalist assessing the tangibility of a potential investment, minimum viable products (MVPs) can be game-changing.
For people that are new to the world of mobile app development, MVP is an important process that could make or break your business.
By working closely with an experienced mobile app development agency, you can create an MVP as a roadmap to investment opportunities, a way of validating your idea for a mobile product, or a test-run that highlights which essential features you must invest time and money into for the success of your final product.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 20% of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open, 45% during the first five years, and 65% during the first ten.
Failure rates can be much higher for tech companies, which makes the process of creating a minimum viable product, both sensible and lucrative, especially when it comes to app development.
So, whether you’re an investor or a startup, the five tips below will help you in choosing the right mobile app development company to partner with for your MVP requirements.
Does the Company Have a Professional/Experienced Team?
Whether it’s iOS applications that you want to build or android software development, you should conduct some research into shortlisted company’s team members and their credentials.
To develop efficient, effective, and innovative mobile applications, a mobile app team requires developers, project managers, testers, designers, UI/UX experts, and Quality Assurance analysts.
We recommend working with experienced providers that have full teams, robust accountability standards, and follow agile methodologies when they create your mobile applications.
Look for a Company with a Great Reputation
Mobile applications can be complicated projects. The slightest glitch or bug in an app can damage a business’s reputation.
Some examples of this are:
- When micro-transaction systems fail and people can’t pay or get paid using an app-based service.
- When data is compromised from a trusted application.
- When applications are unresponsive or take a lifetime to load, leading to customer dissatisfaction, and potentially ruining the brand of a business.
That’s why it’s essential to work with a reputable company to develop your MVP or your full mobile application. Your MVP is your chance to shine in front of venture capitalists and potential stakeholders. Work with a company that thrives on problem-solving, understands customer requirements and encourages cross-collaboration with your marketing and business development team.
Choose a Company that Offers Ongoing Technical Support and Maintenance
So, you’ve got an application that is ready to ‘wow’ potential investors.
It looks great, it displays your branding, and it works on all iOS mobile devices.
But there’s a hitch.
It doesn’t quite function properly.
From a business point of view, this is a nightmare. From an investor’s point of view, this is not a viable product.
When you choose to work with software or application development company, you need to make sure that they offer ongoing technical support and maintenance after they have helped you to create and build your application.
Additionally, it’s a huge plus if the company you choose to work with offers App Store Optimization services. It’s great having an app that functions and looks beautiful; It’s not so great if nobody can find the app in the first place.
Plus, when your app is launched into the App Store, it will require regular updates in-line with new requirements based on bugs and user feedback. Then there’s security patch updates and the fact that you will probably want to add new functionalities and features to your app in the future.
These are all reasons why you should only work with a company that provides ongoing post-development support for your mobile application. Some companies will provide free services for a month or two after launch; others will charge weekly or hourly rates.
Check the Developer Credentials
There are several programming languages that expert developers need to be proficient in and qualified to use when it comes to mobile app development.
That’s why you must work with a company that has designers, developers, and software engineers with professional skills.
Android and iOS software developers should be experts in Java, Swift, Objective-C, and Kotlin as standard. They should also be highly creative individuals, willing to collaborate on creative thinking and innovation. These skills are paramount when resolving ongoing issues and implementing requirements.
Remember, your MVP is your chance to show the world that your product or service is excellent. Therefore, you need an excellent team behind you, from concept to completion.
Ask for Client References
There’s no better way to assess the quality, feel, and functionality of an app developer’s products than to test them for yourself. As you dive into their portfolio, you can list some of the features that you would love to include in your mobile application.
Don’t be afraid to reach out and contact past clients that your shortlisted developers offer as references. Due diligence is essential to build trust and create valuable working relationships with developer partners.
We’ve been helping businesses and venture capitalists with mobile app development projects for over two decades.
We always provide references, offer full developer credentials, continuous support, and development, and have a solid reputation within the industry. Some of our clients have been working with us for over a decade, as we believe in long-term relationships with our clients.
When it comes to creating MVPs, we take a collaborative approach with our clients, implementing agile development processes that help to tweak and refine our products pre-launch.
William Ellery once said:
“Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speeds towards it.”
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As a leading mobile app development company with over twenty years of experience, we’ve helped hundreds of clients create excellent minimum viable products.