At the outset of a software development project, everyone has good intentions. The business sponsors are looking forward to having a system that solves their problems and the developers are excited to embark on a new and challenging project. They also share a common goal; to achieve the best result possible.
But despite such positivity and a shared aim, these projects can, and do, sometimes go wrong. Why? An inefficient process.
In this post, we’ll explain where it can go wrong and how to make sure your project isn’t sunk by a poor process.
Where Do Software Projects Go Wrong?
The relationship between the client and the developer is a crucial factor in achieving a successful outcome. It must be built on trust and respect, from both sides, and a willingness to acknowledge each other’s strengths. When projects go awry, it often reflects a lack of cooperation between the two parties.
On the client side, their passion for their company and the project can lead to them wanting to take control from start to finish. This is understandable, but it’s an obstacle that must be overcome to allow the developers to use their knowledge to produce the most effective program. You can mitigate concerns about control by hiring developers you trust.
On the other side, some developers are set in their ways and follow a routine that helps them to deliver the project. That can, however, leave the client feeling left out and distanced from their own project.
You’ll be relieved to know that there is a better way, and a balance can be struck.
How Should Software Projects Be Done?
You are experts in your field, and the developers are experts in theirs. No one understands your business and your requirements better than you do, and no one knows how to get the most out of their team like the developers. By applying your expertise where it is most effective, and the developers using their experience where it matters most, the project benefits from your joint skills and knowledge.
In the initial stages, your expertise helps to outline parameters for the project. For the project to be a success, the developers need to know what problems you or your users are having, what functionality you or your users need, and what your requirements for the new program are. The quality and clarity of your guidance at the start of the project play a big part in achieving success at the end of the project.
Once the consultation period is over, and work on the software begins, the expertise of the developers becomes the project’s driving force. They may turn to you for important decisions related to functionality or visual design, but your role at this point is to give them the freedom to complete the job.
The Isotoma Way
Over the years, we’ve honed our process, using insight gained from working on a huge number of diverse software projects. At Isotoma, we understand that you’re experts in your field, and that your input during the consultation process is invaluable. We use your guidance to gain a complete understanding of your company and your requirements.
Subsequently, we apply the skills of our team to utilise your guidance and requirements and produce a program that meets your needs and, most importantly, solves your problems. We work to high standards, giving you the confidence and peace of mind that our developers are producing the exact program you need.
If you like the sound of an agency that recognises your expertise, values your input, and only delivers top-quality software, get in touch with the Isotoma team today. We’d love to work with you on your project.