I believe my posts are already establishing that I have a wide range of interests and jump around a bit from day to day. That being said…
An app I use for audio fitness classes, Aaptiv, provided a link for a free class with Shaw Academy. Nothing is better than free, so I signed up for Mobile App Development. Yesterday was my second class.
It is an interesting parallel to what I learned with my MBA. Very often, app developers want to jump into the coding. However, no matter how elegant the code or how perfect the solution, none of it works if there is no customer. I have enjoyed how the course has laid out that everything needs to build off of the customer. Before you start working, you need to think about the customer, if they even really need your new app and how you will make the customer happy with your solution.
Based on the course outline, the next class is going to go more into coding but I am impressed that 2 out of 8 classes on Mobile App Development was spent on understanding the customer. Props!
Our homework was to think of a customer persona for a particular app idea. Realizing this has already been done, but also that I am a “baby” app developer: I plan to create an app that guides aspiring writers through creative exercises to get words on paper. The customer is frustrated writers with a story inside that just won’t get on the paper. Right now, I am the customer and I really don’t want to design an app for one. 🙂
Let me know if you have developed an application, it is yet another online world that I am exploring.