How to Write a Great Mobile Applcation Requirement Document?

Author: Sneha Gopal
January 9, 2020
How to Write a Great Mobile Applcation Requirement Document?


Coming up with a million-dollar app idea is not easy. It is indeed the most crucial and difficult part of the app development process that you just overcame. Kudos!

Wait!! Before you dive deep into the nitty-gritty of developing an app, you need an application requirement document.

Why do You Need an App Requirements Document?

A requirement document works as a compass giving directions to the developers on how the app should be built.

A carefully crafted requirements document communicates what to build, for whom to build, and how it benefits the end-user. It eliminates ambiguity, ensuring project success as the development team understands the objectives and knows exactly what needs to be done right from the beginning. 

Clarity to Confusion- How we Develop Mobile App Requirements Document?

Let’s walk you through the process of developing an impressive app requirements document. It encompasses:

Business Requirements

This section outlines the criteria necessary to meet short and long-term organizational goals and also how the proposed product (app) will address the needs of the user.

  • What is the purpose of the app?

  • What problems will the app solve?

  • What branding and design guidelines to follow?

  • How will the app improve the current process?

  • Can the app development begin leveraging existing assets?

  • What is the core functionality?

Target audience

Understanding your target audience is a prerequisite for developing a successful app.Details like location, age group, profession of the target audience must be added to the requirement document. The developers must keep these factors in mind while developing the app.

Navigation Pattern 

It is highly important to add and explain the navigation pattern of the app in the document. It enables the developers to understand the sequence of the screen that the user will experience while exploring the app.

Include User Journeys

Create detailed user journeys for each type of user i.e regular, guest and admin explaining how each user group will interact with the app right from start to end. It not only lists the things users can do in the app but also helps refine its functionality. 

Create a List of Features

The app requirement document must contain a list of the features the first version of the app needs to offer an intuitive user experience. It will also help the developers to work better on the features as per the requirements.

Some standard features include:

  • Sign-up and login

  • Navigation

  • Push notifications

  • Forms

  • Social media integration

  • Product/service menu

  • Booking systems

  • Shopping carts

  • Payments

  • Privacy Policy

Functional Specifications

It outlines a standard list of items the app should perform.

  • App’s interaction mechanism

  • Compatibility with internal CMS

  • Collaboration with the server, protocols, and data

  • Social media integration

  • User interface (UI)

  • Usability (menus, screens, view modes, etc.)

  • Geolocation services

Maintenance and Upgrade Requirements

Once the app is launched, don’t forget to plan about the app’s maintenance and upgrade needs. It involves bug fixing, meeting new user demands, upgrade requirements, product improvements, adding new features, etc.

Well begun is half done

The age-old adage still holds true as building a comprehensive app requirement document ensures cost-effective app development that is precise and quick without unwanted delays.


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