How to Tell an App Development Team Your Idea
“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Gautama Buddha
We’ve got to agree with Buddha! A creative mind that is capable of coming up with ideas is invaluable. But even more valuable is when you are able to effectively put your ideas to use.
Now, whether you are dreaming of a flying house, a water-run vehicle, or working towards an app development, we will encourage you to bring some form of it, if not the exact idea, to life
But then the question arises, can you do it alone? Most of the time materialization of ideas requires a big team. And that requires the key to most problems of this world (be it war or a relationship): EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION!
Why is effective communication important for app development?
“Your app was a total failure!”
If you do not want to hear this hurtful statement, then you should know that the only way to avoid blunders is to communicate your idea fully, just like you have dreamt, to the app development team.
If there are gaps in communication or if you have been unable to convey your idea to the team then you may have to go through the problems mentioned below. Don’t worry, we do not want to scare you, but our aim is to encourage you to give importance to this crucial step in the realization of your dreams.
- You might have to suffer financial loss
- Face backlash from the market, tarnishing your profile and image as well
- Lose out on future business opportunities
- Suffer mental anguish and feel demotivated in the future
In order to avoid such a rough phase in your life, articulate your idea properly. Think about ways in which you can explain your idea to your app development team.
Convey all the things you have in mind and then leave the room once the team has understood your vision completely. They need to have room for creativity too. Your job is to deliver your idea properly and then hope for the best. Literally.
However, here is how you can effectively communicate with your app development team.
How to Tell an App Development Team Your Idea
1. Visualize your ideas
The first and most important step in developing an app is to give words to what is in your brain. The easiest and most effective way to do this is to talk about your idea in terms of a story. For instance, if your goal is to develop an online art app, create characters and problems.
Person A is exceptionally good at art. They are looking for ways to earn. Person B has recently shifted to a new house. They are looking for some decorative piece for the house. The problem that needs a solution here is: How to provide a ground for both the persons to meet? Think about the end goal of your solution. What is the end? What will be the means to the end?
The next step is to transform the words of the answers of these questions into images. Visual language is one that is understood across cultures by each and everyone. Therefore, it is necessary that you try to draw your app development idea onto paper (or a screen, if you prefer).
You can make use of flow charts, diagrams, or images of different app screens. Make sure that you include an image or symbol for each and every step that you want your app to have. Also explain the uses of each step. For instance, if you want to get a food delivery app made, your flow chart should explain all the steps that you want the users to go through to get to the end result-to get their food.
Even though it sounds pretty simple, it is also one of the most crucial steps because the development team might not understand what exactly you want if you don’t visualize all the details and explain their specific functions.
2. Find the right app development team
Research! Research! Research!
We cannot emphasize enough on how important it is to do your homework before you decide to choose an app development team. You should be aware of all the possible options available to you in your country.
Here is a list of things you should consider before choosing the right app development team:
- Are there experts (relevant to your application requirements) that can turn your idea into a reality? If yes, how do you get to them?
- What are the credentials of the development enterprise?
- Check reviews given by previous clients.
- Check reviews given by users of the applications that the team/enterprise has previously created. Are there any complaints filed by the users?
- Check experience levels on LinkedIn accounts of the app development team members.
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3. Smaller units add up to make the big unit
Bombarding the app development team with your ideas, requirements and expectations in regard to your app may make your team feel a little too overwhelmed and tense. App development is a complicated and a complex process. You need to break down your project into smaller tasks. Give an enriched explanation of a particular task to your team. Make sure they have fully understood your instructions (a head nod isn’t enough; ask the team to speak about what they have understood). Once they have completed one task, move on to the next stage of your app development.
In the beginning, aiming for a minimum viable product (MVP) can be a great idea. What this means is that you first develop and launch the app in its most basic version-beta version. It should perform your basic function, the details can be taken care of later.
You might not understand this right now because you have dreamt of bigger things. Just remember, taking five steps on a ladder at a time is injurious most of the times, and can work with a miracle but not doesn’t work usually.
Now, this means that you first launch the skeleton of your app. The flesh and blood can be added later. There is honestly no end to it. Keep on adding more to it: clothes, shoes, make-up. To be precise (and less metaphorical), launching an MVP first will give you these two major benefits:
- Room for improvement:
After the launch, you will be able to see the market response. Did your target audience like your basic idea or not? What comments do they have? Depending on the answers, you can add or subtract certain app features. This way, you can create an app that perfectly fits the needs of the audience
- Ease in development:
Gradually adding more features to the app is an easier process as compared to adding everything at once. This will not only be helpful for the development team, but is also an expert-approved way of app development.
Join the Lego blocks one by one to see your app building up.
4. Talk about your budget
“A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.” -Dave Ramsey
It is rightly said that it is better to forecast your expenditure before it gets too late!
In this case too, you have to research and see how much money other people invested to create similar applications. Reach out to entrepreneurs, businessmen, and MNCs through emails, phone calls, or by meeting them in person (if you are extroverted enough). This is a good way to do preliminary research and it will surely help and guide you to decide the budget for your app.
After you have done your research, the next step is to convey your budget to the app development team. The team will think about the resources and efforts they need to put in the project and then finalize the budget. Expect negotiations.
Try not to be as hard as a brick on your set budget, keep it a little flexible. Your project manager can give you an overview of how your app will turn out. After this, we think you can sit back and relax because a major chunk of your job is done. The work is in progress for your application.
5. Convey the deadline
This is the most important discussion you will have with your app development team. You have to give a tentative deadline (anywhere from seven-fifteen days to a month or even a year, depending on your demands) so that the team can manage their tasks accordingly.
You need to take into consideration deadlines and timeframes suggested by the app development team. After all, they are experts in their field, have a better vision and have the experience of developing similar types of applications in the past.
However, if you are in a hurry and have to launch your application on a particular date or event: Christmas day or Halloween (we hope your application is more of a treat rather than a trick), tell the app development team so that they can make use of additional resources to complete the work before the deadline. Remember that if there are any time constraints, you might have to increase your budget, because a bigger team would be required for your project.
6. Set up an effective communication chain
“If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles.” –Jim Rohn
We know that deep down in your heart you are wishing for a miracle to happen (that your app gets launched successfully and as early as possible). But, if you want to fulfill your wish, you need to have a strong relationship with your app development team. Let the team know whether they can contact you directly or if you do not prefer that, set up a communication chain. Perhaps their team representative can contact your manager who talks to your assistant, who gets to you.
In order to maintain a good relationship with the team, you need to have effective two-way communication. Make sure that you trust all the people in the chain, and all of them are able to talk to each other in an efficient manner.
Here are some tips that can help you communicate better with your app development team:
- Learn technical jargon e.g. Java, Photoshop, Swift etc (this entirely depends on what kind of app you want to get made; the relevant programs differ). This will help you and your team to understand each other’s concerns. It will also show the team that you know what you are talking about. However, this is not necessary, your manager or assistant can do the job too if they understand the process well.
- Plan out meetings (in conference/meeting rooms) with the team on a frequent basis. This will help to break the ice between you and your team.
- Think about the ways communication can be made faster. Communicate through emails, Zoom, Skype, or Microsoft teams. The possibilities are endless, just make sure you choose the one that makes it easier to convey your idea to the app development team.
Two-way communication always gives positive results. While you are in the process of building your app, build your connections too.
As mentioned above, turning your dreams into reality is only about effective communication. While it may be difficult to convey your exact thoughts to the app development team, following the steps mentioned above can make it rather simple. And it is imperative that your app development team understands what you want to achieve. There is no other way to go about it.
We hope that your app turns out exactly like you want it, and it will if you opt for Gtech Ventures!