I’ve been talking to web designers recently and it’s clear there’s a lot I don’t know about producing software. As a result of a recent conversation with one design team, I decided to nail down some of those uncertainties. I developed a group of questions around producing my web app – what do I need to know to go forward? The purpose of this exercise was to come up with a list that would serve as a starting point for discussions with a design team.
Questions about producing the app and website:
- How much will it cost to produce my app?
- How much will be required to start?
- How long will it take?
- How soon can it be started upon deciding to go ahead?
- What platform will be used for the app (Drupal, etc)?
- Can/should it be open-source?
- What sort of database do I use for kits and elements?
- How difficult is it to guarantee that it will work on tablets?
- Is it more cost-effective to produce a prototype before a working version? What is the difference in cost?
- How do I get help with UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience), especially with the app portion of the website?
- How do we handle security, passwords, etc? Are plugin components robust enough for this?
- Does it help for me to learn Agile Product Development?
- Where do I get my fonts? How much should I expect to pay for fonts?
- How much $ for servers, web hosting? What other maintenance costs am I missing?
- Is my developer willing to partner rather than do a contract job?
Other questions more specific to my end of the project:
- Can I learn enough HTML5 to do some of it myself?
- What features are necessary for a MVP (Minimum Viable Product)?
- How do I manage the app in the long term without a full-time partner or employee?
- How do I pay my kit designers?
- Do I have to pay kit designers up front?
- How do I raise the money needed?
- How do I add tags to elements and kits for the search function? Is it feasible to crowdsource this, at least in part?
And perhaps more important than all the other questions:
What do I need to know that is missing from this list?