Are you looking to improve your organization’s mobile app? For some the process may be relatively straightforward. But ensuring you cover all steps correctly will go a long way to a successful app feature release. Here are five practical tips to successfully launch a new app feature.
Include the App Feature Release at the Start
While you’re still in the planning phase for a new feature, it’s a good idea to think about how you will release it. This is something often done within the design process.
Things you should incorporate into this decision include:
- Who will see this app feature first? (Are there internal or external beta groups?)
- How will this feature’s success be measured?
- Who will see the app feature once it’s in a steady state? (Will the feature be only for VIP customers or for everyone?)
- Is there important timing tied to this release, such as an event or special time of the calendar year?
Tools that will help you with this step include product delivery and tracking tools.
Awareness around a release is important for both internal and external groups. Within your organization, do teams have the support they need to be successful? Think about what your sales, marketing, customer success or any other team will need in terms of understanding the app feature being released, and how to answer any questions they might face. Externally, awareness should be tied back to how you will measure success.
Tools that will help you accomplish this include go-to-market plans, centralized information repositories and any other tools that will help your teams (and customers) stay connected, informed and collaborative.
Measure the Release of the App Feature
After the release has happened, how will you know if it was successful? Because you already thought about success metrics in the planning stage, you should be ready to measure whether the feature was successful or not.
Tools that will help with this include those that surface sales and ops metrics. Also, it’s important to consider these together—look at performance and monitoring metrics, support requests by volume and qualitative feedback from customers and prospects.
Celebrate and Recognize
Take time to celebrate your wins. Shipping software is like exercising a muscle: The more frequently you do it, the easier it is to execute. If you ship less frequently, the process begins to atrophy and the action becomes more difficult. Celebration (even for small wins) motivates to continue practicing the act of shipping and results in more stable services and products.
Reflect and Iterate
Software is never done, and neither is a process for software delivery. After the release has occurred and you’ve paused to enjoy the moment, now it’s time to reflect on what went well and what didn’t. Reflect on both process and product. Tie process back to culture—consider the tools that you use for the process, what enabled you to do more and what was a hindrance. Use this feedback and apply what you learned from measuring success in the planning phase for the next release. Learn how you can adjust and improve upon what you shipped.