Over the past 19 years, SOLTECH has completed hundreds of successful software technology projects. As a result, we have gained valuable experience to ensure that every application we work on makes it across the finish line. Here are a few tips we can share with you, from our experience on how to keep a software project headed for success.
See Incremental Progress
The only way to truly judge a software project’s progress is to see specific application functionality at predetermined milestone intervals. This will keep the pressure on the development team and allow the non-technical user the ability to monitor progress without being covered-up with technical information that can be difficult to understand. Showing incremental progress also allows the end user to get their hands on the web or mobile application early, and identify any changes before it gets too late.
Avoid Frequent or Major Changes to Project Scope
Too many changes in a software project’s scope can cost a project time, money, wasted effort, and even risk quality of the final deliverable. However, even though the scope of the project should be set early on in the planning stages, it is important to remain flexible. We have learned that change is inevitable and you simply need to assess the impact of the change, advise and allow the project sponsor to determine it’s level of importance to the projects overall success. Also, consider if the change can be pushed out to subsequent phases of a software project.
Set Realistic Deadlines
We all like to get quick results and are optimistic about how long work takes. However, it is important to find a balance between software project cost, scope, and completion time. Everyone needs to realize what level of work they can complete in a certain amount of time and expect that delays and setbacks are normal and to be planned for.
Communicate to Avoid Surprises
Although some surprises at can be fun and exciting, surprises during the development of a software project can be devastating. Poor communication and making assumptions are the biggest reasons that projects get off track or fail. To ensure that everyone on your team is on the same page, hold periodic meetings, such as weekly check-ins with the team. Make sure to ask clarifying questions to confirm if everyone understands or they only think they understand. This is a good place to resolve any issues and make sure that everyone is focused and on task.
If you would like to speak to us about your custom software development project, contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Resource: Anatomy of a Software Development Timeline
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