Here is What Software Development Teams Want You to Know

We have touched base on a few vital best software and software development practices before. Those have included how companies ensure success when outsourcing IT, about responsive websites, cloud computing trends you need to know about, and broke down what cloud computing can do for you. Now we shine the spotlight on a different subject, one that is close to our hearts here at DEFSYS.

The smartest companies know that smart software is set to become the new standard for acquiring, retaining and ensuring happy buyers from convenient shopping. In Australia, for example, close to $33 billion worth of online sales are set to transact over the course of 2017—and software development and developers with have a lot to do with it.

To connect seamlessly with tomorrow’s technologies today, it is imperative to start acting today. We have compiled this post to highlight some “things” software development teams want you to know before you choose to work with them.

1. Choose an Agile Development Team.

First, let’s tell you a little about what agile development is, then we can discuss why you need to choose one, shall we?

What is Agile Software Development?

Speaking in Sydney, Australia, Nathan Wilson, research director at Gartner, defined Agile development as a popular methodology whose ideals stand for implementing short, interactive software development sprints that result in valuable software on an incremental basis.

The incremental bit of it refers to resolving to achieve continuous software improvement through constant consultation with both the user base and client. The methodology allows for adaptation to changing situations, requirements and uses and users.

What is an Agile Development Team?

The Agile software development process is one that includes a ton of detail, principles, niche-processes, and structure to work out successfully. This tracks right to the personnel involved in the software development.

The structure defines roles, ceremonies, processes, and what not that provides guidance to the development process to optimise the Agile software development framework.

This division of labour includes what you, as the client, can help with, when to come in, how to, and so on, and also what the IT partner should do for you, when, how and why. This process is known as scrum software development and is very vital for the organised and successful implementation of a custom development project. It can help:

  • Reach a workable schedule
  • Develop realistic expectations
  • Ensure you are engaged at all times
  • Manage abrupt disruptions or gradual change and how to align new developments to your overall firm’s goals

Be sure to request for it. And if anything seems and sounds vague, do ask for clarification. It is your software and it probably is important to ensure you remain well above the bottomline and ahead of the competition. So do ask to be filled in on what is required of you, as well as communicate precisely what you need to be accomplished (scope and schedule of the project).

A good agile development team is cooperative, collaborative, delivers timely results, and results that make sense in tandem with your goals.

Agile teams are specialists who are also well-versed in other areas, providing a one-stop solution to your software development needs.

By having a one-stop solution, you are assured of what exact number to dial when there is an issue instead of having multiple providers dabbling in your software—leaving your IT staff clueless as to who messed what, when, and how far the mess up has extended, and how to remedy it.

Get to know the team too. For instance, the scrum master is in charge of facilitating the team and various processes. He/she is the person to talk to and get details on progress. This is also the person to assign resources to get the project up and running smoothly.

2. Custom software vs. Off-the-shelf Software

While this may seem almost too easy to decide, many software-relying companies, from large ones to SMEs, when it comes right down to getting it fixed, most struggle to decide which to go adopt and adapt: custom software or an off-the-shelf solution?

Each has its pros and cons, which we will highlight here.

Off-the-shelf solutions are ready made, cheaper, fast (and sometimes easy) to install, and many are available in the market. You can choose this option if you are in a rush to get a fix, or are budget conscious.

However, from our experience and clients feedback, ready-made solutions are not really ready for your specific software needs. They come with a lot of fluff, may require you to adapt your entire operations to them instead of the other way around, and may end up costing more in terms of untested, undiagnosed and unsolved issues. These issues may include security of data and lead and recovery times.

Custom software may cost more, take up more time to craft, as well as require some form of learning for you. But as the moniker suggests, custom software is made with your specific needs in mind from scratch including developing metrics to improve performance.

Metrics should:

  • Only be utilised to respond to quantifiable business questions such as “How will this development affect customer behaviour?”
  • Test various hypothesis and support success factors such as a positive change for a specific business goal such as “Boost internal social collaboration”

You should get to design a solution that is uniquely supportive of your business and can change to scale with your needs by predicting them. If your solution isn’t solving your business problem, ask yourself – why not?

You might need to assess your unique software needs and budget for this decision.

To sum up, it is clear that the most pressing need for many software development teams includes understanding the nature and methodologies. That can help guide the software development process, engage your counsel, as well as manage expectation. Also, teams wish you knew what, between custom and ready-made software, you would prefer by firstly evaluating the needs of your operations in detail.

The professional DEFSYS software development team helps you ask the right questions and provide answers. Contact us here to learn more.

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