3 Keys to Managing Software Development

by Jay Joyce, President/Chief Digital Officer - Dec 17, 2019

How many puns, jokes and horror stories have you heard about software development and software engineers? There are gazillions. Humorist author Nipun Varma says that "India is the only country wherein the total number of [software] engineers exceeds the number of vehicles on the road." And this is one of our favorite says here at TIP, "adding manpower to a late software project only makes it later."

Steve Jobs said "when we started off we didn't know how to spell software." Well, that story turned out pretty well. And Bill Gates said, "Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering." We're pretty sure that they had a process to managing development in there somewhere.

Regardless of what is said about software development, the process in managing the development is the key to successful outcomes and launches.

3 Keys to Managing Software Development

  1. Well-defined requirements. No development should ever begin without gathering all of the project requirements. These include defined user roles, desired functionality, scoped SOW, client-approved Sprint plan timeline, defined expectations from the client and full details on the problems to be solved for the users. The Idea People software company in Charlotte compiles the Top 3 2020 software predictions.
  2. Tight management. Project management is the unsung hero of managing software development. Project managers assign Sprints and keep deadlines on target. They keep our eyes focused on the end results of product delivery and launch date. Estimating Sprint delivery deadlines and asset allocation keep the software development team ahead of the project lifecycle and in touch with each all stakeholders so there are no surprises from developers to clients.
  3. QA/Testing. This is an often overlooked piece of superb software development. Clients often "test" us with the talent depths of our development team (and that's fine), but the big keys of successful development include testing and quality assurance protocols built for the specific development environment. Testing the software throughout development builds stability and performance checkpoints that mitigate possible failures. We build in this investment to ensure proper management across the development timeline.

Obviously the actual software developers are the architects and engineers who build and program the projects. And our internal software development process (within the Scrum environment) relies on these 3 keys to maintain momentum and successful deployments.

Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed. - Peter Drucker

We help companies build innovation, automate outdated processes and realize visions stuck on paper. Call Jay Joyce here at TIP at 704-398-4437 or email jay@theideapeople.com to begin the process for your company.

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