Jul 29, 2016

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Steps to a hassle free software development project

 

When planning to develop a software for a business, both the client and the developer have to have a clear image about the final form of the project. They just cannot start to create it without knowing exactly what features it should include, and for what purpose they design it. When creating a bespoke software, the clients are the ones who state all their requirements, and the developers only have to design an app that meets them. But when designing an off-the-shelf software, the developers have to consider a great number of factors, because they have to be sure that it meets the majority of the market’s requirements. No matter what type of application they have to create the developers have to consider some essential steps in the software development process, if they want to be sure that they create an effective product.

Analysis and requirement gathering

The first step every development team should do, before writing the project is to analyse the requirements they have to meet, and to gather information in this purpose. This step could be seen as a brainstorming, because it includes some Feasibility Analysis Stages. These stages have the purpose to show the developers how much of their ideas could be used in the designing process. In case the software is created for a certain client, the developers have to communicate with them, and see they needs. During this step, the client should explain the design team what actions the users would take with the help of the product.

System analysis

In this step of the project, the developers have to define the entire project in detail, and consider what stages the process involves. Usually, during this step they divide the system into small parts for making easier for specialists from different domains to analyse and work on it.

Create the design of the software

During this step the programmer, architect and developer outline the software for being sure that it would meet the specific requirements of the client. In this step are also decided some of the user-interface elements. Depending on the type of the software, during this step some customisation actions might be taken, because every bespoke software has to be unique. In case they create an off-the-shelf software, they would have to consider the market tendency and shifts, because they have to be sure that the software would not be outdated in the following period.

Testing

After the software project is designed, and the software is created in a form as close as possible to the final one, specialists have to check it to see if it is functional. Professional companies have a special testing department that handles this process, but in case a client asks for this product, they have the possibility to ask their employees to test it. In this way, the developers could receive feedback form the users and they would know exactly which one of the features is not functioning properly, and modify it before sending the final form of the software.