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App Development Roadblocks That Can Become Deadlocks

Every app development project has a few common challenges; however, more new challenges surface as t...
Published: 07 Apr 2016
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Every app development project has a few common challenges; however, more new challenges surface as the mobile application development technology evolves. In this post, two of the most common challenges are presented that can easily throttle a mobile app project.

Challenge number 1—Budgetary overruns and project delays

Delays may happen in any project, and they are pretty normal for the development company that is slated to deliver a complex application program. Delays in delivering an application may happen for several reasons; some of them are:

  • Having talent gaps
  • Doing improper capacity planning
  • Adhering to a faulty process

Project delays are intertwined with budgetary overruns. The concept of “time is money” is relevant while application development is underway. So if time is wasted, the cost of the project will doubtlessly spiral.

How to overcome this challenge?

Now, when it comes to dealing with project delays and budgetary overruns, you will have to keep some tips in mind; some of them are shared below.

  • Cut down on iterative developments

Many app development projects fail to see the light of day because they are continuously developed to be perfect. So one of the major challenges would be to set a deadline by which the project has to be delivered otherwise it will remain stuck in a rut of iterative developments.

  • Predictable velocity

The project leads (as well as other team members) must be aware of the number of team members needed to be on board so that the app can be rolled out at the earliest. Many a time, it is seen that project delays and cost overruns happen because of improper capacity planning, too.

  • Fluidity

The project must be flexible enough to adapt to any changes, or updates, or technological modifications in short turnarounds. By having flawless adaptability, the project will never flout its budget and its deadline.

Challenge number 2—Lacking in-house expertise and experience

Many application development companies fall for the misconception that they can deploy the existing developers and QA teams to finish even the most complex mobile app projects. And that is when the talent gaps exist. These talent gaps, resultantly, disable the company to deliver the application within the defined time period.

How to surmount the challenge?

There are two ways to overcome this challenge. The first one is by bringing specialized app development partners on board; while the second one is by hiring new talent. The second option is costly, and that makes it economically unfeasible for most projects that are operating on a shoestring. However, the first option is thought to be a logical move by many companies.

While hiring specialized app development partners, a business can look for:

  • Their capacity to integrate with the in-house team
  • Their knowledge in retention and knowledge transfer
  • Their expertise about overall development process
  • Their ability to initiate the change management processes

Because of these two challenges, many great applications have remained stuck in the development stages only. So to overcome these challenges, it is best to hire a specialized app developer that never let these roadblocks to become deadlocks.


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