Want to Make an App for Kids? – Getting Started

The 360KID 7D Development Process to developing software products, including iOS and Android apps.

How much does it cost to develop a children’s app? How long does it take? What are the steps involved? What kind of talent do I need? These are questions I’m often asked by individuals and companies who want to build an app, and I always reply the same way: “Well, it depends…”

There are so many factors that influence the cost, timing, and talent needed to develop a successful kids interactive product, but it almost always starts with defining the product. What exactly is the vision? How well is that vision considered and detailed? Coming to a development cost and project plan for an app is a lot easier to do with a detailed design document than a single page overview, though what we usually see is the latter rather than the former.

Many people are interested in building apps, but don’t know where to begin, nor what are the necessary steps to create a digital product. Most need a guiding hand to launch an app successfully into the marketplace.

Over the years my team created an overview to help explain the software development process in an easy to understand, straight forward manner. I call this tool the 7D Development Process. What are the steps found in this process?

Discover, Define, Design, Develop, Debug, Deliver, Deploy

This is a short, three page document I share with those interested in making an app or any other digital experience for children. (It’s also a good reference for non-kid projects as well.) You can download it here. It’s a simple primer, and one I find helps forward a conversation about how to make that next great children’s product. Below is also a process flowchart from the document. I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. Please share in the comments below!

Flowchart - The 360KID 7D Development Process
Flowchart – The 7D Development Process. (Click image to see larger version of the chart.)

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