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Keys to a Productive Software Development Process

For businesses considering introducing a new piece of software into their internal structure or looking at releasing something to the open market, there are numerous aspects to consider aside from the obvious investor buy-in and overall business alignment. Without having these two foundations in place, issues will invariably occur  If this doesn't occur which will cost time, money and resources. TTC has developed a five step system that can ensure that your software project is successful and the process is as smooth as possible...

1) Clear objectives and requirements

Before the software project begins, the entire outlook must be agreed upon by all relevant parties. This includes stakeholders, the board of directors, business leaders and any external investors. By outlining a clear and cohesive project, everyone can be confident that goals are achievable and who to speak with if any requirements change over time. 

It is often the case that in 'agile' environments, amendments will need to be made so establishing these relationships at the start will set the project off on the right foot.

2) Achievable scheduling

Any quality software project is going to take time to get right so project managers must be reasonable in their scheduling. A comprehensive process will include planning, designing, testing, bug fixing, re-testing and final implementation, and each step is as important as the last. 

If any of the processes are rushed or even skipped, it could cost the business in the long term. From a software development point of view, it is better to ensure the end product is perfect rather than having to go back to the drawing board to fix small issues later.

3) Professional testing

One of the most important parts of the software development journey is the testing process. As soon as there is a prototype available, project managers should be conducting early testing to ensure that the objectives have been met. This can include built-in testing, diagnostic capabilities and automated post-build testing.

At TTC we take the testing process very seriously and are committed to ensuring that your software project is not let down by inadequate testing skills. We have a range of training courses available for both new and professional testers that can add real value to your final product. Additionally, from a scheduling perspective, testing should take priority over other functions.

4) Clear reviews

Along the software development process, it will be necessary to undertake an honest review of the project to ensure that all parties are still working towards the same goal. If the project is progressing slower than expected, it is recommended to not make wholesale changes without carefully considering the consequences as this can further hamper your efforts.

Instead, consider ways to manage and adjust expectations from stakeholders and customers accordingly. As the old adage goes, "good things take time", so be prepared to be patient if the review highlights an unproductive system.

5) Positive communication

As is fuel to a vehicle, good communication is the drive behind a software development project going to plan. Make the effort to undertake conferences and presentations to highlight progress, problems and other milestones along the journey to all parties.

By promoting teamwork and cooperation, it is possible to clarify expectations and ensure the project remains on track to deliver its objectives. One of the common problems in software development is a lack of concise communication, so make sure that everyone is comfortable expressing their opinions on progress.

TTC is happy to assist you along your software development journey. Contact our expert team to find out how we can help ensure your project runs as smoothly as possible.