5 Core Components for Successful App Development

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Non-Programming Team Members

Countless research studies have examined optimal group dynamics, and one thing they consistently reveal is the importance of having teammates with varying perspectives.

Try to have at least one person on your team who specializes or previously specialized in a field other than programming. On a certain level this might sound counterintuitive to creating a well-oiled team, but you'd be surprised to hear the valuable insights that someone with a different background can bring to the table. It might even inspire a revelation that could cause your team to rethink your entire approach.

When planning an app development roadmap, it's unfortunately all too common for teams to create a checklist that focuses on hiring the right programmers and hammering out a plan for rapid user acquisition and monetization. Of course, these are extremely important objectives – for example, a sound monetization strategy is the bread and butter of any successful product. However, attending to these items exclusively is a hasty and ill-advised strategy. All app development teams should ensure their checklists include a number of other points as well.

In this slideshow, the Baidu Mobile development team from Chinese search giant Baidu offers insights into five factors that might be afterthoughts for some development teams, but should be elevated to core components of the planning process.

Failure to invest in these key items upfront could result in a substantial amount of lost time and money down the road. The good news? If you integrate these things into your app development plan from the get-go, you'll be able to reduce marketing and user acquisition costs significantly.

 

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