A major obstacle which many iPhone app developers have to face while working on an app, is miscommunication or misunderstanding with their clients; this hinders the progress of the project by days, weeks or maybe even months. This is why it is necessary that developers must be prepared with a set of questions which are essential for app development and approach their clients before they start working on their projects.
Let us look at four such questions which developers must ask their clients.
1. Why do you want the app to be developed?
Remember, none of your clients will ever want an app just for the heck of having an app developed; they would definitely have a purpose/aim behind getting the app developed by you. Their objective could be anything – right from reviving a failing business, and raking in more profits or to building brand visibility.
Therefore, understand your clients’ aim for developing the app so that you can guide them in a much better way and provide them with the best solutions.
2. Who are your target users?
Find out who are the end-users of the app which you are going to develop for your clients. Only after you know their demographics and preferences, proceed to develop the app. This will save you from developing the wrong app for the wrong end-users. For instance, you will not end up developing, designing and delivering an app meant for tweens when actually the end-users are homemakers or say business persons.
3. What kind of features and functionalities are you looking for in your app?
There is a large number of apps out there on the iTunes Store and each of them are distinguished from the other in terms of design, features and functionalities. While some app might be popular for its engaging interface, the other can be an out and out interactive app which appeals to people of all age groups.
It is upon the clients to decide what sort of features and functionalities they specifically want in their apps right at the beginning of the project to avoid making too many changes at a later stage, which will increase the timeframe and the cost of app development. Therefore, ask them to be specific about the features and functionalities, which they want in their apps.
4. What all you do Not want in your app?
Try asking your clients what they do not want in their app instead of what do they want; this works really well with clients who like to point out what they do not like way better than pointing out what they like. Also, make it a point to jot down their answers and use them for your future reference. For instance, they might tell you that they wouldn’t want a dark background in their app or that they want an elaborate Help manual to help you understand their perspective. Alternatively, you may even get some new ideas for the app development.
Therefore, the next time you head for a client meeting before working on their projects, be sure to ask these questions to them and use the answer to develop successful apps for the clients.