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What Will Make Your App Development Project Fail?

July 19 ,2019

If you are dreaming to build your own app then work on it now because it may be an endless gold pot afterward. However, before starting any activities, it’s essential to know some causes that could make your project fail once it’s handed to the users or the business will make the app development project fail.


1. Lack of research

The research phrase will establish the base for every type of activity including app development. To be honest, to make sure their products and services perform well, businesses must do research along with other stages since things are constantly changing, especially the software development industry.

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Once it’s done poorly, your app is likely to fail your users’ expectations in terms of the design, its functions and features, etc. Or you are not able to observe the bigger picture to manage your process properly and carry out wrong estimations. This, therefore, leads to ineffective or even negative ROI (return on investment). 

The thing is that there are many to dig into. For example, you need to know your market (target audience, competitors, market trends, etc.), everything related to your industry (technology, basic features and functions, monetization, etc.) and the strength and weakness of your idea.

So in short, it’s important and there are also plenty of activities to do. To make this stage easier, here are some tips for you.

  • Develop a set of personas to understand your future users.
  • Never make assumptions, especially when it comes to users, what they are, what they are doing, their hobbies or expectations. 
  • Only make decisions based on facts and figures because your research is only worth it when conducted precisely. 
  • Do not underestimate your competitors’ products even if it’s a crap since you could learn from their mistake and enhance your own plan and strategy.

Enough theory, here is a research example from Designveloper. To make a good medical app, you need to look at these 3 factors:

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  • Target customers: the term “customer” is a bit vague to use in this situation. Because in the healthcare industry, you will have three types of customers: the patient, the provider, the organization. 
  • Significant features: on the one hand, your team has to design and develop an app with insightful features. On the other hand, those features must be either one of a kind or an enhanced version of numerous existing ones.
  • Industry’s restriction, data security & other regulations.

For more detail, please visit our blog Healthcare App Development: 5 Things You Should Know

2. Your problem is in the idea

You may ask if this section should be included in the first one. Oh yes, but because of its importance, here is a whole big part of how to generate a brilliant idea.

Just like the first cause, when your idea is not really good, the product is likely to be abandoned and all the money invested will go nowhere.

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Then how to spot a bad idea to get rid of them from the beginning? To help you cross out those dull ideas here is a list of question for you but first, as stated earlier, you should carefully do research on the marketplace (in this context, let’s open your phone and investigate the AppStore or the Google Play) to find similar apps and find out their core functions.

  • Is your idea too similar to others?
  • Does your idea really focus on the customer?
  • Can your idea solve any real-life problem?
  • Are there any advanced, enhanced or unique features?
  • Is your idea clear enough so that others could understand?
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There are many different dating apps, and all the significant ones own at least one innovative feature.

If there is a single “no” then dump that idea now! No, I’m just kidding you! In this case, we can do more study and analytics to explore different aspects and approaches to come up with better ideas for your future product. The thing is that you should hold the project until there is another sparkle in your mind.

“So what a brilliant app should do?”, now you are asking the real question. Let Designveloper suggest you some standards for a great app:

  • It must provide new experiences or solutions to solve real problems amongst users. For example, Uber is designated to help people get from A to B without hesitating. 
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  • The app should have a unique feature or provide customers better advantages. The next example is Tiktok, a social media video app. It is like Youtube but users can easily use it to share short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos without too much editing.
  • Businesses should remember to build things that people use, not what you want them to use. 

All in all, innovation is key. When your app looks like other existing products, it may have to compete really hard with them. Furthermore, since there are many similar apps on the market, users will be less interested and your product will make no impact on target audiences’ minds.

3. There is little to none testing

Of course, the testing stage is essential to every product development project. Done properly, your product will be stable and offer users a great experience to use. Nevertheless, once there is little to none testing or it is executed poorly, these scenarios will happen:

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And well all of those issues may be prevented and fixed beforehand if the testing phase has been done well. In other words, this helps businesses and also the software development team avoid issues when the product is delivered to end-users. Furthermore, testing can prevent errors and problems that may ruin your app after fixing bugs found. Last but not least, the product will be checked if it is qualified and meets the standards as well as other specified requirements.

Most of us will assume that testing only includes 3 types of check: design, usability, and functions/features. However, we do need to test the initial idea on your users before starting the project as well, and this activity will make sure you don’t waste any resources on a dull one as analyzed earlier. However, leave the idea to part 2 and let’s dig into 3 other important checks.

a. Test the design

In this check, your team should look at various design elements such as color, font, icons, illustrations, brand design, and navigations, etc. In short, you should test if the interface is right, aesthetic and consistent, at the same time, check if the UX is seamless. To perform it properly, we recommend you to read Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines and Google’s Android Design Principles

Designveloper’s Walrus app.

Need an example here? Just look at the 2 most popular music apps – Spotify and Apple Music. People prefer Spotify over Apple Music since their UI is beautiful and UX is fun and seamless to use. According to Statista, Spotify now has 100 million paid subscribers when Apple Music has only 50 million. 

b. Test the usability

This is when business check if the app meets all the requirements and goals. Your focus should be on the easy and quick use of it; how easy it is when onboarding and user’s satisfaction with the experience. To waste no resources, this check should begin as early as the UX wireframing stage happen. 

It is based on the type of your app to decide which element is the most important to test. However, navigation and content should always be on the top list. 

When it comes to navigation, we should check if the menu is doing good, is it organized nicely and logically. Regarding the content, your technical team should make text blocks, multimedia galleries or widgets scroll through screens easily. In case your product is an e-commerce app, let’s test your payment process over and over because no good payment means no money paid.

c. Other testings

Installation testing: As this activity happens, you will seek bugs occur during the installation process. At the same time, this check will ensure that other associated activities and events run smoothly.

Functionality testing: This check is where the technical team looks for possible bugs within app functions and features.

Interruption testing: you will know what will happen when there is an interruption during the operation in your app such as phone calls, cable insertion or removal, network outage or recovery, etc.


Above are 3 main reasons that will likely make your app development project fail when developing it on your own. However, to limit the risk, there are many solutions such as hiring a good software outsourcing team. And look no further than Designveloper, our company offers a wide range of services regarding software development. 

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