Building an app

 

Why, what, and how?

Hi, I'm Chris

I build

I teach

I snap

I snap

Building apps is hard

Why build an app?

Validate

Validate

Automate

Save time & money

Test that you have a business

Dangers

"I'm going to use machine learning to..."

"Everyone is my customer!"

"I have everything planned out."

What kind of app?

Web

Mobile

Desktop

Chat (e.g. Facebook)

Voice (e.g. Alexa)

...

Payment model

Free

Paid

  • Trial
  • Subscription
  • One-time
  • Microtransactions
  • Premium
  • Marketplace

How?

Be data driven

  • Don’t trust your instincts
  • Don’t get feedback from friends and family
  • Build relationships with potential users first

Be careful what you wish for

  • More features, more complexity... more bugs
  • Simple is often complex
  • Complex is often simple

Learn to code

Books

  • Technically Wrong, Sara Wachter-Boettcher
  • Just Enough Research, Erika Hall
  • Don't Make Me Think: Revisited, Steve Krug

Questions?

slides.com/chrisvfritz/msu-app-workshop

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