We build custom apps for everyone but most of our customers are early stage Start-ups and Entrepreneurs, and we also appreciate the fact that some of our customers who are looking to hire an App Development Company have less or no experience in hiring an app developer before.
Such first-timer customers are of course no lesser good than any seasoned tech savvy customers, they have a great vision about the app they want to make, along with a strategy to promote but can get stuck on the question “How to write an App specification document?” so that each and every aspect of their requirement is well communicated to the App developer. We get such inquires frequently where customer asks us to give them an App requirement specs template which they can easily fill and send across. We’ve uploaded such sample App specs template at this link Sample App Specs Download. Download this sample app specification template, follow the example, fill out and send across to the developer, for a quick estimation of their App Development Costs .
We also like to share the pointers that we use to create an easy to use App Specs Document, so that you can understand the factors working behind, and write better app specifications yourself.
No matter how clichéd it sounds, you should be writing an appropriate summary covering the business information about the project, the team behind, the market you are hitting etc. Follow these points:
You can write as “We are looking to develop a taxi app like uber but with a twist related to the occasion of travel, and we are targeting everyone in New York area at first so that they can book cars for occasion like wedding, birthday parties, business meeting, leisure etc and the driver and cab would be tailor made for the occasion.”
Tell others what you are upto, are you funding privately or have raised a seed, experience of cofounders, long and short term vision of the startup. Consider you are hiring not just an App Development Company, but a team that should be knowing you and feel confident and glad to be a part. So any information you share is beneficial only.
Well, it’s as simple as it can get. Write something like:-
Please email your proposal or questions to Mr. John Smith, following are their contact details:-
Now, following is the important part.
Mention the devices you want to target. It can be iOS or android only at first, or iOS and Android, or Web and iOS, and Android, Windows and so on. You can always ask separate cost per platform, so mention that as well.
An App development Company like Agicent offers not only coding services but also many others related ones like following:-
So you should mention specifically what you are looking for, if you have the design already then you only need app development services, and if you are a developer yourself then you can ask for only app design services. You can ask for App consulting services also when you only have an idea and concept, and looking for a Mobile Consultant to understand everything, create wireframes, propose development approach etc.
Most of the first time customers need all the services, and we happily offer the same.
It’s always good to keep technology preference open to discussion, before you’ve finalized your specs though many a times an app publisher is pre-convinced to use a particular set of technology.
Some most popular Technical Approaches related to app development are:-
Note that every technology approach has its pros and cons, you may read one of our cool blog postings on the same topic at this link – Cross Platform Vs. Native App Development and decide which way is preferred to you, else just share your project info with us and we suggest you the best option.
Describe the app as it flows for all kind of users, like the way we are describing a live App (Experience BarNow) here:-
Functionality For end user:-
Functionality of Website for bar owners
It is great if you can back your textual description with some drawings or raw mock-ups, so that a developer can visualize it better. You can use tools like Invision , balsamiq , or Mocqups with little a little practice, or ask the App Development Company only to do this for you. We always do it for customers just after taking a brief.
And if nothing works, pick a pen and a paper, draw the screens, click and send pictures to the developer. The idea is you should describe it as much as you can.
Now that you’ve described everything you need in terms of functionality, you may go further and create an App Acceptance Criteria as well.
Again, you can write these yourselves or ask your development company to do the same for you. It’s not necessary to write an acceptance criteria when you are looking for only a Quote, but is preferred if you write one. You get more visualization of your own project before going towards development, and its a good thing even for a non tech. App entrepreneur.