Whether your business is upgrading its existing software to acquiring new software altogether, there’s a lot to consider. Not only will you need to find the ideal team for the job, but you’ll also need iron out several important details before development begins.
If your team has a project manager, it’s likely that you’ll be working with him to plan your software. While he’ll know what information the developers will need to get started, you’ll want to be prepared to answer his questions.
Here are 7 things to think about before starting development.
1. Identify the purpose of your software.
A great starting point is to identify the purpose your software will serve. In other words, how will it help you to achieve your business goals? And what features will it need to do so?
Identifying the purpose of your project can help to clarify what type of software you’ll need, as well as what specifics it will require to meet those needs.
2. Determine your budget.
As the saying goes, “Money is everything,” and in software development, this is certainly often the case: Your level of funding will most likely influence the size and complexity of your software.
That being said, you’ll want to be honest with yourself about the limitations of your budget. That way, you can develop a realistic plan for what you can achieve with the resources you have available.
3. Outline your project’s MVP.
With your project’s purpose and budget in mind, you should be able to map out your minimum viable product (MVP). This technique allows you to identify the bare bones of what’s needed to get the job done.
Outlining your MVP can make it easier to find the best ways to maximize your budget. Your MVP provides a basis with what your software will absolutely need. So, if your budget is limited, you can start with the bare bones and plan to expand upon it in the future.
4. Plan for the future of your software.
Now you can start thinking about what you’d like to see from your software in the next two years, five years, and so on. Doing so can help to establish what you’ll expect from your software down the road.
By sharing your future goals with your project manager, you can work collectively to select the best tools for laying your software’s foundation. In doing so, you should be able to acquire software that can grow and change with you in the years to come.
5. Find examples of what you’re looking for.
The more you bring to the table, the more likely your team will be to know exactly what you need. As such, you may want to begin outlining important details, from your platform to features of choice.
Whatever type of software you’re building, knowing the names and features of similar software can be helpful. Even if you don’t end up with the same specs as your examples, they can serve as a starting point.
6. Set a realistic timeline for your project.
More than likely, you have a date in mind for when you’d like your project to be complete. Likewise, there’s a strong chance that both you and your developers will have other competing projects on the line.
To ensure that your project will be completed by your expected date, it can be helpful to have your ideal project timeline in hand.
7. Consider potential post-development maintenance.
Understanding how you’d like your project to perform into the future may influence its design as well. More complex software can require more substantial maintenance and upgrades and, in most cases, a greater post-development budget as well.
If paying for a license for regular upgrades and updates is not within your budget, you can work with your project manager to find a software solution that requires fewer upgrades and updates.
Already Have a Plan?
Now that you’ve taken these factors into consideration, it’s time to start building! If you’re still looking for a team who can offer you a quality product for a cost-effective rate, we can help.
ClikGlobal brings together U.S. and international team members to provide quality software and web development services for a lower price. Whether your project is big or small, we can handle it.