Creating an iPhone Application and Project Management

Before you begin designing and creating the next greatest iPhone application, it’s critical to define exactly what you plan your application to do, so says the iPhone Human Interface Guidelines.  A great way to do this is to write a product definition statement.  It is a succinct affirmation of your application’s core purpose and its intended audience.  I believe Apple understands, in order to be successful, you have to have a plan.  Developers of iPhone applications are not necessarily project managers.  Perhaps Apple is giving them better odds of success, by encouraging them to write a project definition statement.  I once worked with a very knowledgeable developer, Kent Lynch, who spoke out during a managers meeting saying, "People don't plan to fail; they just fail to plan".  He could not have been more right. A project mission statement is no different.  No project should be attempted without first capturing a mission statement.  Traditionally, mission statements contain:

  • Project Name
  • Description
  • Purpose
  • Primary stakeholders
  • Responsibilities towards these stakeholders
  • Products and services offered

If you can articulate a mission statement that satisfies these few bullets, you're on you way to understanding what you need to do to have a successful project.

(Image by jaapoost on flickr)