5 Things to Consider When Developing Software

6th August 2019

When developing software, defining the requirements and having a clear understanding of the client's goal before starting development can save time and money and overall make the development process more efficient. Here is a quick guide of 5 things that need to be considered before starting the software development process:

  • Define Technology Stack

A technology stack is a combination of all the technology services such as programming languages, tools, and frameworks used to build and run software applications and solutions. Consider the type of project and the requirements when choosing the best technology stack to move forward with.

The aim of any development team is not just to create and build a professionally functioning software but something more - to be scalable, to be maintainable and to be easily modified based on future process needs. Defining the technology stack from the beginning of the project helps to determine other factors of the project that will guide the team in the direction that is best for the project.

  • Discuss Servers and Related Cost

At the start of a software development project, it is important to discuss and determine the deployment servers, if in-house servers are required for the project database or backups and the accompanying costs to move forward with those servers. Knowing exactly what servers will best serve the software development process for the project will help to determine the related cost to the overall project.

  • Have Clear Requirements

Ensure requirements are clear enough and documented at initial stages to define the scope and duration of the project. Having a clear understanding of the software project you are working on and the client's business and technical goals will help the development team set wholesome requirements to not simply develop a basic solution but to also tailor the solution to be modified or scaled based on the client's needs. Consider the purpose and intended use, the different users of the software, the user needs, the system features and requirements (functional requirements, external interface requirements, system features, and non-functional requirements). You can read about Building Valuable Software Requirement Specifications for Better Software Development via Smart Sheet.

  • Expertise and Bandwidth

The availability of developers who will create your software is one of the most influential factors defining your company's ability to execute and deliver on time. Look whether your developers have the expertise, are willing and able to work within your chosen tech stack. Ensure your team has enough bandwidth and expertise to fulfill the defined scope of the project. By doing this it will determine what skills or expertise are missing or limited and allows you to make the necessary adjustments.

  • Consider Buffer Times

Buffer time is the extra time added into a time estimate to keep a project on track. The purpose of having this buffer time in place is risk management. It allows for the account of unforeseen situations such as change requests without having a major effect on the time estimate of the project delivery. You can add buffer times to your projects by creating two timelines. One for the internal team and one for the external stakeholders and/or client. The timeline between the internal team and external stakeholders serves as a safety net and also allow time for additional reviewing and improvement if needed. ProjectManagement.com highlights 4 Ways to Add a Buffer in Your Project Plan which can help you determine what way would work best for your project.

These five points could help make your development process more efficient if implemented in your development process. Whether you are developing software internally or externally, defining technology stack, determining servers and related cost, having clear requirements, knowledge of expertise and bandwidth and buffer times are vital first steps for the development of any software or system. They serve as a blueprint to guide the development process and keep your team on track.

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