Posted on February 26th, 2013, 23:42
Software technologies are
used in almost any organization across the globe which is probably why Software
Product Development function is integral to many types of businesses. For any
software product development it is essential to have in place a set of
effective and proven guidelines to ensure project success and delivery of the
expected results by taking into consideration the knowledge of important
business and financial aspects.
The critical first step is to understand whether a particular need exists, identify this exact need, and determine whether the proposed project can feasibly deliver the expected software development. In most cases, this is the stage at which an ROI study can be performed to ascertain project costs and benefits.
A proper analysis should consist of interviews with end users and others who will be associated with the new software system. A thorough review and a keen understanding of user documents, business rules, and processes are keys to determining appropriate and necessary features and functionality.
When defining a software development process, consider proven industry best practices. A good, customized Agile process with emphasis on pictorial documentation both for requirements and technical documentation.
During the design phase, the software architect, programmer, and the developer will put together a detailed design document outlining exactly how the software will meet the specified requirements.
Without the proper technology infrastructure in place, it is difficult to collect and measure key project data, due to which software projects cannot be managed effectively. Project indicators can help to ensure the prompt identification of potential or existing problems, therefore allowing them to be recognized and remedied in a timely manner.
In the development phase, the design document is translated into a real piece of software. With careful planning, the software will match the requirements of the business driver that initiated the need for the project.
Take adequate measures to reduce the error-prone human influence when the software is implemented. All repetitive and mundane tasks should be automated whenever possible in any portion of the software life cycle.
also may vary quite widely depending on the individual testing procedures
adopted by the organization and can consist of several sub-stages as well, such
as quality assurance, staging, etc. Once the software is in general use,
any bugs found at this point are addressed based on a critical scale.