Mobile App Development Questionnaire: Facts that Developer must Know

Mobile apps have become the need of the hour, businesses are diverting towards the concept of mobile app development rather than website development and therefore, they are continuously approaching the prominent and remarkable mobile app development companies for getting the best mobile apps.

The way apps are penetrating into the businesses and are fetching the place in the mainstream, is not hidden from anyone. Now when these enterprises are heading towards mobile app development, they are required to indulge in a deep conversation with the app developers as they are completely unknown with the app idea running in the mind.

Therefore, in such a scenario it becomes really tedious for the app developer to grapple information regarding the core idea of the venture, attributes that must be added, technologies to be used, communication pattern, the physical location of the client and much more.

Well, the brainstorming doesn’t get a pause here, the app developer must also be aware of the cost structure, time that will be put into while developing the app, technology, development standards, and deadlines. Other then these set of questions there are few other more than the client must be ready to answer during the technical meetings.

So, keep reading the post for identifying the set questions that client needs to answer without failure. Besides, addressing these questions will also favor the client, as they will be just getting the mirrored copy of their project as per their business insights.

A brief layout of the company

The mobile app developers must know about the core value of your business. All the solutions and services attuned to the organization must be discussed with the developer thoroughly.

1.)    Please outline the core business idea

Here the client is required to explain all the operation he handles. The set of solution and services delivered by them plus the products that are attuned to them are operating in the market.

2.)    Main competitors in the niche

The app developer needs to know all the competitors that are existing and also they should know, whether the competitors are using the mobile app or not. This helps the developer to frame the right direction for developing the app.

3.)    Users, you will be serving

For all the apps, that comes target different users. Thus in such a case, the android app developers must have a clear understanding of the section of society they will be targeting. It can be young users, entrepreneurs, fitness freaks or anybody.

4.)    Communication models you are open to

The app developer needs to aware of the communication channels used by the clients. Email-id, Skype login etc can be shared with the developers so that they can contact them in the midst of any query.

5.)    The source via which you reached us

This is something really important. The app developer must know the medium through which the client reached them. It can be through the marketing, or through business platforms and the reviews or by the aid of some client reference etc.



Roadmap to app development

6.)    Are you looking for mobile app or website?

Ask the client, whether he is looking for a mobile app or website for their product. The app developer must be updated with all the requirements and specifications.

7.)    Reason for mobile app development

The app developer must know the reasons why the client is looking for a mobile app. He must be aware of the exact purpose of the client, well; most of them will say that they want an app for showcasing the services, but there can be some other motive too.

8.)    The platform of mobile app

So, here the app developer is required to know, whether the client needs an app for the iOS or the Android. Accordingly, he can then process for app development.

9.)    Development model that the client wants

The client must clarify that whether he is looking for a native mobile app or the hybrid one. Since the development processes for each of them differs, thus it is imperative to specify the requirements prior processing for development.

10.)    Have they worked with any other app developer before?

This is an important question, ask the client whether they have worked with any other developers or are into some other conversations. In case he agrees, ask whether he has contended with the services delivered, and solutions for which they are still looking forward.

11.)    Attributes they want in the app

Few of the clients look for a basic featured mobile app with the limited set of attributes while few of them seek to add the advanced set of features. Few of them are

  • Push notifications
  • GPS
  • Multilingual app
  • Integrating payment gateway
  • Other extra features to be added depending on the business model of the app.

12.)    The app purchases policy

The app developer must need to know that whether the app will be free to download or there will be some additional cost for downloading. He must be aware of features attuned to the in-app purchases so as to frame monetization model of the app.

13.)    The estimated cost                                                                                            

The client must outline the cost he is ready to bear in the mobile app development. This way it gets easy for the developer to chart the best features, technologies that can be implemented. Further, the app developer can also suggest him, whether he is required to raise the budget for getting the fully featured mobile app and the amount that is running short.


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Design and security analysis

14.)    What will be the logo of the app?

In this section, the client is required to provide a brief idea to the app developer about the icon and the logo of the app that matches the core idea of their app.

15.)    Number of app screen

The app developer must know the number of screens to be added, image display, color combinations, the font size and much more that are required to be added to the screens.

16.)    Navigation details

All the navigation details, finger and thumb compatibilities must be analyzed by the client and the app developers so as to proffer a user rich experience.

17.)    Names of few other appealing apps

The client can outline some of the few apps that attract them on the grounds of design, this helps the developer in getting an idea about the design that the client wants.

18.)    Content to be kept

The client can specify the content he wants to keep on the app screens. This helps in making the design look clean as it reduces the chances of getting the text and designs intermixed.

19.)    How they want to protect their app

Depending on the client budget, the app developers can implement the security guidelines to the app. He can use SSL certifications or by storing the data in the clouds or through implementing standardized protocols. Verification process via the OTP can also be used for adding the security.

Face and fingerprint detection and encryption is another excellent technique for safeguarding your app against data breaches and cyber attacks.

Technical parameters and deadline

20.)    Does it require cloud-based tools?

For developing the secured app, and for storing the large information, the client can ask for adding the cloud service such as Google Cloud or the Amazon cloud servers.

21.)    Protocols it will be using

The advanced protocols can be used for developing a polished app, as per the client investment. The protocols allow the app to deliver a swift user experience.

22.)    Login model

The client needs to specify whether the app will require a login page or not. Under this case, the developer can use the Facebook and the Google account options for allowing the users to directly link to the app.

23.)    The expected app delivery date

Depending on the business requirement, the clients can set a delivery date for the app. According to that, the app developer may or may not go with the deadline depending on the development problems that might occur.

24.)    The app development model

The client can select the onsite, offsite or the hybrid model depending on their requirement. The cost for developing the app varies in all of the models.

25.)    Pricing model

Depending on the business requirement, the client can select the different pricing models. They can either go with calculating the desired price with the fixed price model or in case, they feel that their product will require frequent amendments, they can go for hourly basis pricing model or the T&M model.


Summing Up:

Well, the app development is a tedious task, but when both the client and app developers are having a conversation, they are required to clear all the points that play a necessary role in app development. All the technical aspects, security concerns, budget issues, development techniques must be analyzed, so as to remain transparent thus, helping the users to get the exact copy of product as required by them.

Sumit Garg

Project Manager @ Octal Info Solution