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How to put together a mobile app requirements brief

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Need to put together a mobile app requirements brief, but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. We’ve compiled this quick guide to get you under way, so you can start conversing with agencies such as ourselves.

First things first, we’d recommend outlining the main goals and objectives of your app. You can then use these to help you assess your app more effectively.

Focus on solving a problem

Consider the primary purpose of your app. What problem will it solve? Why might someone use it? The first step in answering these questions is to think about why the app is needed. For example, it might help your customers find where they can buy your products or services. It might help your employees with their work or help them connect with each other. Think about what you want your users to achieve through using this app.

Next , think about why people would use your app over any other way of solving this problem. Is there anything that makes it better than the alternatives? What is special about it?

Once you have answered these questions you can clearly define what makes your app stand out from any others. It may be useful for you to draw out a diagram illustrating how your idea will work.

If you have an existing app, write down what it does well, and where you feel it could be improved. To maximise usability, consider ways in which you can make it easier for your users.

Once you have outlined your app’s main goals and objectives, think about how you can test them. For example, if you want to make sure that the audio in your app works well enough for users to enjoy listening to music while using the app, how might this be assessed?

If your app is educational, how can you check that the users learn something from it? One way might be by prompting them with questions that require them to demonstrate their learning.

How to write an app requirements brief

Research any competitors

Who are your competitors? What are their strengths and weaknesses? If there is already an app that does what you’re proposing, how are they doing in the market? What are their reviews like? What are other people saying about them?

There may be competitors you don’t know about, so be sure to extend your research to cover those too. Find out who they are, and who their customers are. Analyse their websites to understand what they do, what their product features are, and what value they provide.

Choose your technology carefully

If you’re planning to develop an application for mobile devices, there are essentially three programming technologies to choose from — native apps, mobile websites, and hybrid apps.

Native mobile apps are developed in the language specific to each platform e.g. Swift for iOS, Kotlin for Android. The advantage of using a native app is that it gives you access to all the hardware features of the device, including GPS units, cameras etc. The disadvantage is that the app can only be used on one platform at a time.

This is why companies like Facebook have spent fortunes developing software frameworks like React Native that help developers convert their apps to run across all platforms.

Mobile web apps are developed in HTML5 or CSS3, and are designed to run inside a mobile browser. The advantages of this model are they are easy to create and maintain if your build agency is familiar with the various ‘Mobile Frameworks’ available today such as React, Angular, Laravel or Node.js. They can be used across multiple platforms and on desktops and tablets.

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