We see a myriad of software projects ranging from small internal apps to large enterprise software. Here are a few tips we’ve put together to help you set yourself up for success in your next software project. These principles have proven invaluable when working with our clients and will enable you to avoid common pitfalls.
Choosing the Right Partner
Having a successful software project will be highly dependent on the company you choose for the development. You might be looking to get an application developed very quickly at the lowest possible cost, but is that worth a poor outcome? Don’t solely rely on upfront cost and time estimates to decide which company to hire.
Choose a company based on their experience, expertise, reputation in the market, clients’ references, and portfolio to increase the chances of finding the best software firm to take on your project.
Why are you building this application? If you can’t answer that question, success may allude you. Your vision should reflect the needs and requirements of your business.
The software project should bring efficiency to your business, resolve your current issues and problems, have the ability to meet your long-term goals and help to add revenues to your business.
Tailor-made software has benefitted numerous companies to transform their business for the better. However, it is important to be realistic about the budget, timelines, and involvement of the resources.
It is essential to make the correct cost estimates; the project otherwise might not get completed. It is also necessary to build a complete project timeline and review the skill set of the resources. All this can help in controlling the cost of your project and driving it towards the success.
Don’t allow unrealistic expectations to compromise the quality of your software.
When you are having custom software built, you should consider your future needs as well, by allowing room for flexibility and growth. Keep your eye on the bigger picture.
Expect the Unexpected
Although you’ve created the perfect requirements, chosen the best software firm, and you have the estimates in hand, there will still be hang-ups along the way, and it’s important to be prepared for those instances. Don’t let a misstep take your head out of the game or discourage you. Just being aware there will likely be unexpected issues to deal with along the way will put you in a great position to take on each one.
Tips For a Successful Software Project
If you use these tips in your next software project, you’re sure to have a better experience and get better custom software. At SOLTECH, we’ve taken on hundreds of successful software projects over our 20 years in Atlanta, and we’re confident having the right partner, a clear objective, and expecting the unexpected are keys to a successful and enjoyable software project.
If you’re looking for help in how to design or build your software idea, then give us a call. We enable companies of all sizes to turn their ideas into powerful software solutions that work for their business.
Resource: The Checklist For Sharing Your Software Vision
Before you get started in developing your software app, your thoughts and ideas should be clarified and written down so they can be consistently and easily shared and understood. To help you get started on the right foot, we have created a checklist.
You can grab a copy of that checklist below and share it with your team!