The 10 Appster Commandments for Building Apps

Ensure your app is built on-time and on-budget with these 10 rules of app development.

Take it from me, building a mobile app is not easy. Even if you’ve built software before, building for mobility is much different than building for the desktop or web.  While the code underlying a mobile app isn’t all that different than what you’d find in desktop software, the way people interact with mobile apps is and comes with it a unique set of challenges.

Over the next weeks, I’ll share what I’ve learned from my experience building apps, along with lessons I’ve gleaned from other mobile app entrepreneurs.  If you are a prospective mobile entrepreneur, then this series is for you. You don’t need to be a programmer to build apps, heck you don’t even need to be very technical at all. I’ll show you how to take your app idea from concept to app store.

But before we jump into the rabbit hole, here are a few truths, commandments if you will, about building mobile apps that I’ve compiled.  I look at these as universal truths that apply to mobile development, you should use them as a guiding light when creating your app.  It’s by no means a complete list, and I’ll add more as they come to me.  I’d love to hear from you if you have your own commandments you’d like to share.

Without further adieu, the 10 Appster Commandments for Building an App:

1.) Great ideas do not necessarily make great apps. 2.) Your idea will change. 3. Ideas are worth nothing without a product. Focus on delivering product. 4. Release schedules will slip, be prepared and ready to adapt. 5. Release early and often, avoid development milestones longer than 6 weeks. 6. Share your idea with anyone willing to listen. 7. Watch how people use your app, see how they react and interact with it. 8. Functional specifications should not be treated as gospel. They become outdated the moment development begins. 9. You get what you pay for when hiring designers and engineers. 10. Don't be afraid to pivot. Fail early, learn, adjust and try again.

Print these out and tack them up in front of your work station. Creating a great app is more art than science, and requires patience, creativity and open-mindedness.  You’ll be surprised by how much you’ll learn about not only technology, but about how human emotion and psychology. Ideas are just that, and no matter how great your idea might seem, I guarantee you that once you start building it, it will change and evolve. Heck, you might end up with something completely different than what you went in with, and thats perfectly ok. You won’t know until you try, so let us begin the journey.

About Bobby Gill

I am the creator of Bahndr, founder of New York based app development lab, Blue Label Labs and editor at Idea to Appster. I like crepes and I am fascinated by big data.

  • John Rainey

    Great article Bobby, so true, we talk about these aspects constantly to our clients. There are many app developers in the world, but not many GREAT ones…….