New Feature Development- Mobile and Web App

New Feature Development

As a developer, you know that creating a new mobile/web app is a humongous task. It is a never-ending process. Thus, even after the app launch, you are aware that it is a beginning for another stage. Consequently, New Feature Development & App Maintenance are paramount to sustain the application.

A successful application is a joint effort of teamwork. The individuals have to be patient, persistent & goal-driven.  We will discuss at length about the process of New Feature development in both Mobile & Web apps.

To begin with let us tell you, rather inform you that web and mobile apps are not the same. Below is an infographic to refresh your knowledge of the same.

 

Mobile App vs Web App in New Feature Development in Web & Mobile app
Mobile App vs Web App

Moving Further, let’s observe what is the New Feature Development Process in

(i) Mobile Apps (ii) Web Apps

 

Mobile Apps

The demands and needs of the end-users are what matters the most to the businesses today. This and the USP of the app itself leads to the sure-shot success of any product (mobile app). The mobile app builder or developer will create a roadmap that states a product’s vision, strategy, features, goals, etc. New features are developed due to the following reasons-

 

  1. Popular demand of the end-users
  2. To adapt to ever-changing phone technology. For instance, Operating system, Screen Resolution, etc.
  3. USP features of the app itself
  4. To stay at par or ahead of competitors.
  5. Compliance Regulations

 

PROCESS

This is not a standardized process. We intend is to give a comprehensive idea and tips on how you can accomplish New feature Development in Mobile App

 

Plan & understand the Need

After a thorough R&D, you have the following parameters

 

  • cost
  • time frame
  • team strength
  • API

Now comes the sessions, where backend & frontend teams will check for the feasibility of the features. Sometimes the new feature is easily integrable. While some may need the teams to rewrite coding from the scratch so that feature is compatible with all platforms.

Following the initial sessions, the teams (backend, frontend, and QA) will have open discussions

 

  • Ask questions,
  • Check for answers, and
  • Examine compliance, etc

It is important to understand what duties and roles will the implementation of the new feature will have for everyone.

 

Writing Automation

Once through with planning, the application of the same begins.

 

  • Backend prepares mocks by using outsourcing services to have an eye on inputs and outputs.
  • The frontend will begin with writing and building screens.
  • QA starts writing API automated testing.

 Automation initiation ensures there are the least restrictions in the future development process.

 

Communication and Teamwork is the Key

 

  • Be it product manager, designer, developer or QA, every onboard should be in sync.
  • Each developer or QA should be working on a different section of the product and functionalities
  • This saves time, prevents frustration and repetition and assures maximum professionalism.

 

Development Environments

 

  • It is crucial to work on the same versions or tools and libraries. this avoids confusion, unnecessary back and forth and you can also avoid bugs.
  • This implies top production on a smaller scale.

 

Web Apps

It is imperative to keep your web app updated. Developing new features in the process keeps the audience engaged. This also increases the longevity of your products and services. As a result, helps you thrive in the cut-throat competition.

Here is an overview of what goes into developing a new feature for your application.

 

Mobile App vs Web App in New Feature Development in Web & Mobile app
Synopsis

 

Step 1 -What?

Taking a poll within your clientele, with your new feature idea will give an appropriate idea of how good it is. It is also crucial to ask for their suggestions and needs.

 

Step 2- Why?

Now that you know ‘what’ of the new feature, next comes the ‘why’ it needs the implementation.

This makes you ponder over the future of the application. Therefore, requiring you to design the feature in a scalable fashion and without complicating it.

 

Step 3- How?

Once you know what features to develop, take some time to explore your option and put together a proof of concept- to check the feasibility.

 

Step 4- Feedback

Once that everything is streamlined or not, don’t worry. Take feedback from your customers.

The feedback might produce new information. It may require you to go back one step to adjust your analysis or even start all over again.

Replicate this process until you have a reliable answer that makes both you (product owner) and end-users happy.

 

Step 5- Feature Test

Ever been to dress rehearsals on your D-day? This feels the same.

Release the feature in the test environment to be tested by people in a safe environment.

Take care of Data Migration, take down all steps, and any bottlenecks you face.

 

Step 6- Backup

In the production environment, ensure you have the backup of the whole application. This prepares you for any kind of emergency scenario.

 

Step 7- Hi World!

Backup- Check!

Everyone Ready- Check!

Release the New Feature into the world.

Good Luck!

 

Step 8- Monitoring

Become extra vigilant to check on the impacted parts. The first few hours after the release is crucial. Follow logs, test your production application especially the new feature.

In short, make your mobile app and or web app ever-present in the market. New Feature Development is a ladder to sustain and make your way to success.

You can refer to both the step and tip for either of the platform’s feature development. We hope these tips/steps will be you create a new feature successfully.