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When Should You Pause Your Software Product Development?

By Syed Zainul Haque December 08, 2020 - 2,064 views
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To err is human; to pause is divine. Although the quote has been modified and changed, but the mantra holds the same. As humans, we do make mistakes and then learn from those to avoid it in the future. Humans, as a species, are continuously evolving and expanding its horizon exponentially. In the 21st century, most of the world has moved far ahead than our civilization had in the last century or even the last millennium. All these had been thanks to the invention of the Computer Systems. A powerful calculation device that can take any sort of input and then process at the speed of light and returns the output in no time.

Once my school teacher said: “Unlearn what you have learned to fit into situations.” It holds true to date and maybe in the future even. We have implemented these powerful computers in our daily walks of life. These devices have become smaller and affordable than their predecessors and assist everyone from engineers to doctors. Hand in hand with the more capable hardware: silicon chips are the smart, intelligent, and power-efficient software that makes these devices the beautiful marvel of human creations.

Talking of the software, they are a series of steps and instructions that need to be arranged to perform certain tasks. These can be developed easily for regular use, but for customized applications or for handling larger pools of tasks, trained developers or experienced consultancy can understand the need for this software and thus can change the idea to action. While developing, some precautionary measures would lead to inefficient software development or faulty software product if ignored. So let’s discuss some of the major aspects to avoid such mishaps.

Pre Planning

One of the key and vital aspects of software product development is requirement gathering and analysis. A lot of time is spent planning the right way to understand the problems or approach the problem statement at hand. Also, not to forget a wrong understanding of the project might lead to the development of incorrect products. A well-knitted plan can avoid the extension of the development time and reduce the overall expense of the project. 

So you must discuss their plans in order to proceed further. If they don’t have a well-structured plan in place, it’s good to avoid it in advance.

Quality of Documentation:

The documentation personnel needs to be in regular touch with the developers. Documentation suggestions need to be taken, and then a decision needs to be taken about documentation changes & additions. This ensures that documentation is up-to-date. Unnecessary documents need to be removed, and the developer team needs to be alert to spot any missing documentation.

Customization:

Oftentimes, we as creators, developers, or craftsmen think we are creating one of the best products out there. We feel so obsessed with it that we forget to see beyond the basic features and characteristics which are actually needed by the product owner or the client. 

MUST CHECK: So in order to find it out about the development of the product at all phases and whenever we see such things occurring, it’s time to update the same about it.

DESIGN and DEVELOPMENT

Conceptualizing the whole System Design:

A good amount of time is spent behind ideating the whole process and the ways to accomplish it. So an experienced person who has some knowledge in System Designing for at least 7-10 years is required to guide it and make the blueprint of the whole architecture.

MUST CHECK: Never ever forget to ask your contractor about the process they are going to take and the ways by which they are going to fully fill it. A good System Design would lead to a strong foundation, which in turn would lead to sustainable development and a scalable product.

Key Strategy to Software Development:

There are various ways to approach software product development, but some of them are- Prototyping, Waterfall, and Agile methodologies, to name a few. Agile methodologies are popular ones which are trending and run in various sprints ranging from weeks to months. Now any software product development involves some must-have and a few goods to have or the add on features. For example, in the case of an e-commerce app: 

  • A must-have feature would be a good UI with a showcasing of all the products on their website and an easy payment system, 
  • Whereas good to have features may include a 360-degree view of the product.
  • Add-on feature would be an intelligent recommendation system for cross-selling or upselling.

Taking wrong inputs from the requirements analysis and gathering phase would lead to wrong product development or with missing features; in some cases, otherwise, it may lead to beyond stipulated time. Thereby increasing the overall cost of the project beyond the projected target. 

MUST CHECK: Hence one should always have a check on the products being developed at each and every phase and try to find out which phase the development has reached. Based on which the team should come up with an ALPHA version and release it within a time and successively with a BETA version with improvement from the previous versions.  

QA TESTING

No room for Negligence:

In any software product development phase, any bugs, functional defects, or security issues are major concerns before rolling out to the public. So this set of issues should be well addressed in advance and handled effectively. A loophole in such practices would lead to a huge monetary loss or data breach of the end-users. 

MUST CHECK: Hence the stakeholders should clear about the approaches taken by the software vendors and the ways to deal with it in the future so that such catastrophic events may be avoided.

Conclusion

Having said about the various aspects of the software product development and the Ups/Downs about it. Offshore Software Development Partner, outsourcing your projects would lead to faster development, cost-effectiveness, and better creative output than the competitors. But one should definitely focus on some of the above-mentioned points following which would yield a superior result and, as a result, a long-term relationship and growing trust factors in the market.

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