The 3 biggest mistakes when developing a new software product
Developing a new software product can be an exciting time for any business, but it can also be an expensive and stressful time if it is not executed precisely and professionally. The main problem is that in most cases, unless you happen to have worked with a particular development company before, you don’t know exactly what to expect, and this makes it risky, especially if the project is large and critical to your business. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that an unsatisfactory development project, in addition to wasting money, also wastes time and prolongs the program, and this can be serious, especially if you are trying to stay ahead of the competition. In fact, often in product development projects, the timescale is even more important than the cost, followed closely of course by the quality.
1.The 5 Ps – Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
Don’t leave everything to the Product Development company, unless you know them or they have a suitable methodology in place which ensures that the risk is minimized and the strategy is very clear.
Ensure that during initial discussions with any product development company, you have a clear idea how your finished software should work, how it should look and the overall functionality.
Preferably choose a development company that has a low risk, completely integrated approach to product development, with an extensive portfolio of relevant experience and services who can handle the development from concept through to the finished product launch, preferably with marketing experience. Even better if the company has experience of seed funding or some sort of investment scheme in place in case you are unable to completely fund the entire project.
2. Neglecting the backend
It can be a costly mistake to focus on just the front end, even though the overall appearance and the marketable aspects of any software product are important, it’s the functionality and smooth operation that will be the make or break of any new product once it’s launched. So, approach the project with good planning and allocate sufficient time to get the detail right. It’s the back-end that often takes the time and this is critical to any product’s success.
3.Not engaging with the suppliers
Choose a developer who has a good, collaborative approach to each project. In other words, make sure your chosen developer is open to constant communication throughout the development stage; not so you can interfere and hamper progress, but just to make sure there are no unexpected surprises at the end. This is better for everybody and can save huge amounts of time, money, frustration and disappointment.
4. Software Development Vision
Try to vision or get help to see where your software is going to or what it will serve so you can plan other needs to be successful
Software Development Summary
There are inevitably going to be problems with any product development project, but the important thing is how they are addressed and handled. A good development company should have in place a plan to deal with problems, regular reviews with a client to ensure everything is going as expected and is remaining on course, and a wide enough experience to be able to cope with most situations. Once again, proper planning prevents poor performance – that applies to the selection of your development company too.
6. Achieved dreams – Your Software Development is Completed
You’ve completed your custom software and see all your ideas in one place viewed and served others congratulations!