When we talk about software development projects, tight deadlines and high expectations tend to be normal. Fortunately, there are ways to supercharge speed while guaranteeing efficiency and excellence in each deliverable. Let’s take a look at some options.
Counting with a tech partner
In an extremely dynamic and rapidly changing market, it’s important to consider different cooperation models. Successful companies don’t live in a bubble. A tech partner can provide the talents and tools needed to increase delivery capacity, flexibility, and competitiveness.
Keeping it short and simple
When your company works with semi-autonomous and multidisciplinary teams with clear requirements, good roadmap and several sprints, everything gets easier. Sharing a common purpose and vision, and knowing exactly what to do and when to do it, certainly improves efficiency and commitment. On the other hand, always prefer an agile platform for software development. Nothing slows down the speed like a complex system (not only in the beginning but also in the future when bug fixes and new features or integrations must be considered).
Effectively managing technical debt
Technical debt? Does it have to do with money? Well, not exactly 😉 In software development, technical debt reflects the implied cost of additional rework caused by choosing an easy (limited) solution now instead of using a better approach that would take longer. As with monetary debt, if technical debt is not repaid, it can accumulate ‘interest’, making it harder to implement changes. Unaddressed technical debt increases software entropy. Like monetary debt, technical debt is not necessarily a bad thing and sometimes is required to move projects forward. So, one way to go is to address issues as part of a normal development workflow and “pay” the debt over time. It will always exist, but it’s important to balance efforts between short- and long-term wins.
Going as fast as you can
Embracing an agile software development methodology makes all the difference in aligning tech with business needs and keeping pace with growing client demands. Rapid Application Development (RAD) is one of its form by prioritizing rapid releases and iterations. Advantages are clear:
- More projects completed on time and within budget. By focusing on the development of incremental units, the chances for failures are drastically reduced and improvements are made throughout the projects as feedback is received.
- Risk control. With a RAD approach, teams can focus on the key risk factors and adjust to them based on evidence collected in the early part of the process.
- Better quality. By having users interact with evolving releases, the business functionality and value delivery from a RAD project can often be much higher than that achieved via a waterfall model.
At Blue Screen we can help your company increase the speed and efficiency of software development. Either through our IT Consulting Services, Managed Services or Customized Enterprise and Mobile Application Development Services.
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