Software Development for Startups: How to facilitate rapid development for web and mobile

In this highly saturated market, choosing a team to work with is a crucial part of your business strategy. The question is, whether it is best to approach a startup team or an established organization? On the first look, bigger businesses may tend to seem more appealing however, you cannot write off the results that a tech startup can bring you. These dynamic teams of battle-tested individuals are known to deliver excellent results that can prove your initial doubts wrong.

The difference between these two organizations is the focus and dedication that they can bring to the table. Because startup teams are small, they can offer personalized solutions, custom and a direct approach that your business needs and not just a run-off the mill template that they used for a different project. Whereas larger companies tend to involve themselves in too many projects to reach the goals of their marketing and sales teams.

The first step you need to do is to find a person who has the technical knowledge to interview the teams you are considering to bring in as your Vendor. Non-tech people might struggle to try to converse when presented with technical jargon. The project itself may pose several questions that problematic to handle with a simple Google search. Field experience is the best but if you are lacking in personnel, then someone who is at least tech-savvy will be a good choice. Ensure that you are getting the most out of this venture by appointing someone qualified to do the job of finding the best fit team.

One factor you should consider when choosing a trusted partner for your development needs is location. Ideally, you should be working with a USA based company. The reason for that is America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation better known as NSF. This program is also known as the NSF Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program (SBIR/STTR). This federal program supports R&D done by startups and small businesses to develop breakthrough technologies that can be commercialized and produce an impact on the market. This simply means that what you are getting from them is the latest cutting edge solutions that the market can offer.

Startups are often finding it hard to sustain their businesses. It is not uncommon to find a team closing down due to a lack of projects or conflicts. Nevertheless, you should not shy away from them. Talk to multiple vendors and discuss your project with them.

It would be good to consider the crew that has experience in marketing and scaling a business before. This aspect is quite advantageous for your business. A lot of inexperienced teams end up over-engineering the product at an early stage which wastes a lot of resources. Have someone who can deliver quick results  They might be able to offer you solutions that would boost your project exponentially. Approach this with an open mind and see what each of them has to offer you.

Consider communication. Rapid development requires fast and open communication.  A start-up team with closely knitted members usually shines in this aspect. However, there is always an obstacle to this which is the timezones. This is particularly true for remote teams. A good move to best this challenge is to have a fixed overlap time to ensure that everyone is up to date and a part of the discussion. During these overlap times, always make the best of it by having a meeting through video calls.

As the saying goes, people want to talk to people. Take a good look at your team and check whether they are focused, confident about the results they are delivering to you and if they are excited about the project. Otherwise, find out which parts are they having difficulties with and discuss it thoroughly during the meeting. It also helps to have team tools such as Slack, Jira or Asana. Whichever you choose, always check if everyone is up to date.

Let us say that you have found your dream team and you are in the process of pushing your mobile or web app through its stages. What would be needed during these stages? That would be feedback. Sounds fairly simple but this heavily affects your team and your project. In line with having open communications, feedback should always be a part of your discussions. A feedback loop might sound tiring but this is the key to align your priorities well and to nail down your KPI’s. Tech startups usually apply Agile development in their teams and if that is the case for your vendor, make it a point to be a part of their Sprint planning, review and retrospective. Although the Sprint review is the best time to produce feedback, you and your team could also apply this whenever it highly is needed.

Always be data-driven. Integrating analytics to your web or mobile software should be started at the early stages. The earlier the better. This gives you extensive data that will be playing a significant role in product development. Always do A/B testing and track how your users interact with your product software and adjust according to the data you have collected. It is highly recommended to use tools such as Google Analytics, Fullstory, Crashlytics in Firebase and Mixpanel.

Ensure that you are getting the most out of this venture by appointing someone qualified to do the job of finding the best fit team.

Appropriate technologies for rapid development

Mobile Apps

1. Google flutter

Flutter is Google’s UI toolkit for building beautiful, natively compiled applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase.

Flutter’s hot reload helps you quickly and easily experiment, build UIs, add features, and fix bugs faster. Experience sub-second reload times, without losing state, on emulators, simulators, and hardware for iOS and Android.

You can easily delight your users with Flutter’s built-in beautiful Material Design and Cupertino (iOS-flavor) widgets, rich motion APIs, smooth natural scrolling, and platform awareness.

Flutter’s widgets incorporate all critical platform differences such as scrolling, navigation, icons and fonts to provide full native performance on both iOS and Android.

2. React Native 

React Native is an open-source mobile application framework created by Facebook. It combines the best parts of native development with React, a best-in-class JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

React Native lets you create truly native apps and doesn’t compromise on your users’ experience. It provides a core set of platform agnostic native components like View, Text, and Image that map directly to the platform’s native UI building blocks.

React components wrap existing native code and interact with native APIs via React’s declarative UI paradigm and JavaScript. This enables native app development for whole new teams of developers, and can let existing native teams work much faster.

You can see your changes as soon as you save. With the power of JavaScript, React Native lets you iterate very fast.

3. Firebase

Firebase is a mobile and web application development platform developed by Firebase, Inc. It gives you functionality like analytics, databases, messaging and crash reporting so you can move quickly and focus on your users.

Firebase is built on Google infrastructure and scales automatically, for even the largest apps. His products work great individually but share data and insights, so they work even better together. We use it extensively at DevsData, especially for startups or MVP projects, since it saves time needed to develop a functional application.

Find a person who has the technical knowledge to interview the teams you are considering to bring in as your Vendor.

Chat

SendBird is a complete chat platform for your mobile apps and websites: Chat and Messaging SDKs and API, and a fully managed chat infrastructure.

It provides real-time messaging connects your marketplace’s buyers, sellers, and service providers, so you can inform and engage users to convert on more transactions more frequently. SendBird builds trust and convenience by empowering your marketplace to communicate and network – enabling better liquidity at scale.

SendBird’s chat and messaging SDKs and Platform API allow developers to customize and build meaningful chat experiences for applications without reinventing the wheel. His unmatched scalability and flexibility means you can build a world-class conversational product, customized to your app with minimum distraction.

Video calls

TokBox develops and operates OpenTok, the leading cloud platform for adding live video, voice & messaging to your websites and mobile apps. Authors believe that integrating real-time communications into products should be simple, whether you’re developing an app for one-to-one calls or for complex large-scale broadcasts.

The OpenTok platform is fully customizable and flexible, and leverages cutting-edge video, audio, and networking technology WebRTC to bring the best possible experience to your browser or device through simple APIs.

Rapid prototyping of the screens

MockFlow is a cloud-based wireframe mockup software solution designed for website and software developers, designers, UX professionals, and marketers. It lets them perform tasks, design user-interface prototypes for websites and mobile apps, and collaborate with projects in real-time.

Wireframing is a valuable tool for people who work on website design and mobile applications. As a result, MockFlow is the ideal online software solution not just for website designers, but also for decision-makers and stakeholders who want to put their ideas into a much more comprehensible mockup or wireframe to show to designers and vice versa.

As a wireframing software solution, MockFlow allows users to create a mockup or a skeleton of a website or mobile application they want to develop. The system provides a basic layout of the application, including its features and functions, without having to build the actual website. Developers can use this platform to show their clients the basic framework and to get a final approval or to make the necessary adjustments otherwise.

PWA applications

Progressive Web Apps (PWA) are a new generation of internet applications. PWA is a different type of a mobile app which is delivered through the net. It uses all the new technologies to comply with the native application. If you want to read more about PWA, read WebWave’s latest post.

Have someone who can deliver quick results  They might be able to offer you solutions that would boost your project exponentially.