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Managing The Unmanageable – Successful Software Development

Posted by Indusa Admin on October 6, 2016 12:55 pm

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Software development is a complex process, encompassing various models and a variety of tasks and activities. With the nexus of forces () – cloud, mobile, social, and information moving front and center, CIOs are already transforming their software development through new technologies and trends. Regardless of the software development method you choose to use, smart ways to develop software can enable you to deliver innovative, quality products. What are they? Read on to find out!

As a CIO, you already know that software development is not as simple as it seems. Being at the crossroads of long-standing traditions and modern trends, it is often challenging to determine the right direction for your software development teams.

Managing The Unmanageable

5 Key Benefits of Successful Software Development

Building software products is a critical aspect of business growth, and you are sure to benefit from the 5 following tips:

1. Agile-Waterfall Hybrid

What does the hybrid model offer? With the Agile-waterfall hybrid solution, you can benefit from dependency tracking and clarity of the waterfall model while enjoying the transparency and flexibility from agile that helps adapt to the fast-evolving requirements of businesses and customers alike.

2. Timeline Management

Regardless of what methodology is used, completing projects on time is crucial. With Agile methodology, you can ensure timely completion of projects as it helps identify the complete list of feature sets, prioritize them based on the need, and assign them to different development teams.

3. Efficient Prioritization

Getting feedback from stakeholders early and often during software development is a critical component for project success. Increasing the role of iteration and feedback on priorities, design, working software, and code can through feedback cycles.

4. Automation

By automating key development processes, you can have quicker deliveries, without the risk of human error. Wondering which activities can be automated? Let’s have a sneak peek:

  • Let’s start with code review. A simple quality improvement task, that has proven to be most effective at finding errors in code, is often done manually. By using a code review tool, you can automate the review process and make the task faster and simpler.
  • Next, using DevOps toolsyou can implement a bimodal strategy and support digitalization efforts. Designed specifically with out-of-the-box functionality, DevOp tools support implementation and technology management that result in improved competence in software delivery.
  • Test-driven development(TDD) is an advanced technique, of using automated unit tests, that helps you achieve a comprehensive suite of unit tests that checks the application for optimum functionality and helps in achieving good productivity and high quality products.
  • Release testing andapplication release can both be automated to ensure your software works and grows to its ideal potential. Automated testing tools make repetitive testing fast, accurate, and easier.

5. Integrate LOB Systems

By integrating LOB systems like ERP, CRM, SCM, accounting, recruiting software, and e-commerce portals, with back-office systems like inventory, shop/plant floor control, HR, accounts receivables/payables and others, you are in a position to better handle the learning curve of different third party solutions, enabling you to devise successful implementations.

Final Thoughts

The competitive software industry makes adopting these practices a mandate to help achieve unprecedented success. As a software product leader under constant pressure to support modern software development, it’s worth understanding these approaches and planning how you can adopt them in your organization.

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About the Author – Neha Kumar

Neha Kumar is a digital media evangelist and marketing professional. She overlooks Indusa’s content management, social media, online events, email marketing, blogs, digital campaigns, lead generation and inside sales activities on a broader scale.

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