Developing software is not an easy task especially when the competition is too high. You have to keep yourself up-to-date, else you’ll get far behind from others. The question then becomes “being a bespoke software development company, how can you maintain your A-game in the software development industry?”
Well, it is fairly easy. Provide good software, which must be error-free, in the market and it will help you stay on the top. For your ease, I have listed down five tips that will help you in developing high quality and efficient software which will certainly stand out from the rest.
Tip 1: Planning is Your Best Friend
Having a well-thought-out plan before you start determines your approach towards your project. Since software development methodologies have multiple phases and we understand you cannot assess what each step will bring you. However, if you have done extensive planning beforehand, you will be able to handle unforeseen circumstances without having a mental break down.
So, let’s have a look for what you can potentially plan for:
- You can have your initial planning for all the requirements
- You can assess the potential risks
- You can decide on your preferred software development methodology to go for
- You can decide the budget and timeline for your entire project
- You can brainstorm for the best possible design approach, software and hardware for your project.
- You can plan for testing methodologies
- You can decide for what kind of maintenance subscription you can provide after project completion
And the list goes on. There are various factors you can plan for and develop efficient software. But remember doing thorough brainstorming and coming up with a working plan is the key.
Tip 2: Get Accustomed to Software Development Methodologies
An offshoot of planning but a very important part of efficient software development is getting yourself accustomed with different software development methodologies and latest trends in the tech world. There have been many variations in methodologies according to the changing needs of the software development industry.
From traditional software development methodologies such as Waterfall, lean, etc. to the more recent ones such as Agile, DevOps, etc you need to be very well aware of all the methodologies. This will help you narrow down your options to the best approach depending on your project requirements.
If you think that your team lacks knowledge on these methodologies, you can always arrange engaging training sessions where you can train them about the latest tech trends and ever-changing software development requirements. You can also show them your potential competitors work to motivate them. Another way to make them aware is that let them go through the client’s business to have a better understanding of what they are expected to deliver.
Tip 3: Effective Communication is the Key
Since we are also talking about teamwork, it goes without saying that how crucial internal and external communication is during the entire software development process. Because the entire project is divided into multiple teams and within those teams to individuals, you need to keep a track on who’s doing what and is everything coming together or not.
It is also necessary to have clear instructions. If you have any doubt from a client’s side, clear that first and then move onto other steps. If you have been assigned a task from your team lead and are unclear about certain things, make sure to clear those out first rather than working with a confused mind.
If you are leading the entire project, you need to have weekly updates to sort out any problems, risk or errors in the project beforehand rather than waiting for the project to end. If you are working on the project, you need to coordinate with your fellow workers and to your team lead on your progress to ensure smooth delivery of efficient software towards the end.
There can be other multiple ways to have effective communication with your entire team. You can do so by having a shared document that will track your progress. You can have an on-call roster where everyone can communicate their progress. Or you can have multiple teams lead for different domains and they can update you with the progress, issues, etc after every short deadline.
Tip 4: Clutter-Free Work Environment
This may sound absurd and irrelevant, but trust me when I say you need to have a good working environment, I mean every word of mine. Working with non-human languages all day, every day until you are done with your assigned project is no easy job. That doubles when you face a problem and you communicate with your computer to detect it. It is more difficult than talking to a friend in problem who doesn’t know what the problem is. Hence, it is really necessary to have an organised and clutter-free working environment.
Make sure that wherever you are working, you are comfortable enough working. Your mind should be clear of anything and should be focused enough to work efficiently. You have enough room to move and relax when you feel the need.
Decluttering is not only limited to removing physical objects, but also to the recurring emails, reminders, slow PCs, constant meetings, etc. Make sure you are free of those as well. The bottom point is that you should feel productive, relaxed and calm when working on developing software. It can be possible through your preferred way as well.
Tip 5: Overworking is Hazardous
When we talk about a clutter-free work environment, it directly or indirectly links us to our health. We often take our health for granted. We do overtime, pull an all-nighter to deliver our tasks. We often put our sleep, mental and physical health aside and dedicate ourselves to work only.
There is no harm in being work-a-holic, but it would be great if we can have a work-life balance where we set realistic deadlines and take only that amount of work that we can deliver on time. For this, you will need to get back to the planning stage. From there, you will have to assess your team’s capabilities and your working habits to analyse and set ideal deadlines that won’t put your or your team at risk.
Just remember that if you are healthy and fit, you will be productive and will be able to deliver an efficient product at the end, no matter what the timeline is.
There can be many tips on efficient software development but the tips that I have mentioned in this article, such as thorough planning, getting to know software methodologies, effective communication, peaceful work environment and no work beyond working hours, are some of the best practises that we stick by.
I hope this article was informative enough to help you identify your potential best practises that you can stick to in the long run. I believe, every software development company has its best practises which it applies to develop amazing software. Therefore, you can also have your own best practises which you can stick to.