Software Development Insights
You'll often hear that the most important thing you need is a good idea to get a good product. And yes, the idea matters, but it's not really that worth it if you don't know how to execute it. And to execute it successfully, you need a reliable software development process.
There's a labyrinth of activities out there that will influence how the project evolves. These include forecasting and analyzing, distributing assets, identifying criteria, training your team, and capturing your customers' attention. As poor planning is one of the top reasons why software development projects fail, the start of your software development process is crucial for success.
If you start right, you'll be less prone to errors during the development phase. On the other hand, if you do everything quickly and with poor planning, you're risking to lose the entire project based on unexpected errors that will occur along the way.
Based on our experience, we're mapping out the essential actions you should consider when starting a software development process.
Define precise Specifications
The software development team needs to have a clear picture of the software you expect them to deliver at the end of the project. If you want to get exactly what you want, make sure you describe the specifications as precisely as possible. Typically, the problem is more complicated since, in most situations, clients aren't involved enough in the software development process.
To avoid these obstacles, software development teams need to include the client in every step. Only strong collaboration can result in a successful project because the shared vision lets the team identify priorities.
Getting specific objectives helps them prepare and coordinate their work accordingly. Monitoring, documenting, breaking the project down into sprints, appointing experts to a particular task, and other activities become much more comfortable.
As a client, you need to tell the team what you want. What problem does your app solve? How will the users benefit?
After getting the exact specifications, the software development team can provide information on how they are planning to execute your project. Then, together, you can agree on the budget you'll need to spend to get your application created.
Define the channels of communication
The tasks should be described since day one. Each team member should know what the others are working on. This will make sharing of access, asking for help, clarification, and emergency warning more straightforward processes. The team members will know exactly who's the right person to look for when something occurs. All tasks and roles should be accessible to everyone on the team.
Come up with a detailed plan
Planning the software development process requires several stages of preparation and coordination; each of them is equally critical for project success. Once you have set targets that you would like to accomplish in the project that you are starting, you need to plan the paths you'll go through to get to the end.
This plan should be the cornerstone of your application, including possible scenarios and solutions if things go wrong. Your plan should be both detailed and flexible, allowing unplanned changes along the way.
Also, don’t leave your plan without a part where you analyze all the resources you’re going to need in detail. This way, you’ll be able to provide the necessary budget and face less surprises along the way.
Don't expect to get the perfect solution overnight. Instead, design a prototype that will cover the possible defects and issues the end-user could come across.
Don't forget about QA
You should include quality assurance in every phase of the software development process. However, it's crucial not to forget about it at the beginning of the project. This is when the team sets out the structure of the entire application. That's why the team has to pay exceptional attention to the QA processes.
QA procedures are focused on usage cases that contain practical qualitative criteria. They help define, evaluate, and coordinate specifications, identify potential slowdowns and opportunities to solve them.
Usage cases are also a necessary requirement if the team needs to make sure their product concept is right. You should consider eliminating the features you can't create a case for.
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