Every software project is unique in the sense that it performs certain functions when delivering a final product to a variety of different end-users. There is no one objective way of defining what undoubtedly constitutes a successful software project. However, some criteria are used to measure the extent of success, such as timely delivery, staying within the initially planned budget, and satisfying the needs of the end-user. The completed software project can range anywhere from being an ideal project to a failed one based on the implementation of the following considerations throughout all the development phases:
Clearly defining the project scope and “success.”
One of the very first steps of ensuring a successful outcome of developing software is communicating with stakeholders. The project scope should be clearly defined through a product requirements document (PRD) as previously discussed in our blog post “How to Write an Effective Product Requirements Document.” From project managers to freelance developers, all the involved stakeholders must be on board with the exact project specifications and what the end product helps the end-user in achieving to allow there to be a measure for success. A completed software project might not necessarily be a successful one if it doesn’t satisfy the needs of the user and, thus, the goals behind its development and creation.
Select a defined project management methodology:
Any software project being developed needs practical guidance and supervision from a project manager to make sure that all the team members are maintaining an optimal level of performance. For the different teams involved in the development process to come together to work in a collaborative nature while meeting individual team goals, the project manager must set a project management methodology such as an agile software project management approach. This will, in turn, affect the way workflow is set to deliver the final results, such as using Scrum & Kanban frameworks.
Defining milestones and getting customer feedback:
To achieve a successful result, it is ideal for the project manager to define milestones for team members. This allows them to have clear and achievable short-term goals to work towards as not to lose focus or momentum if overwhelmed by one final goal. This allows for there to be constant review and feedback when the team checks in together once a goal is accomplished throughout the development process. While defining such smaller milestones, it could also be beneficial to aim to integrate the end-user of the product to get feedback that could aid in the optimization of the overall process and help maximize the potential for success.
Align correct workflow:
It can be of critical importance to align the workforce correctly to increase the overall efficiency of the team and thus increase the chances of a successful software project. Correctly allocating resources ensures that everyone involved has a realistic and achievable goal while being equipped with the required tools. Assigning people to the right task also eliminates the duplication of efforts as everyone has a clear and set outline of their work plan.
One of the often-overlooked steps in ensuring software project success until the very end is secure project closure. On the technical side, a smart project manager makes sure that the end-user of the final product or customer has confirmed and signed off after the testing and release phases have been completed. On the inner side, there also needs to be closure within the business itself. This includes effectively documenting the project and all the steps that it involved. Such documentation can prove to be useful as a guide or reference for future projects, or it can help alleviate problems in the future as it’s used as a measure for the assessment of the factors that helped make it successful or the factors that could be improved to guarantee a better level of performance or efficiency.
Within any firm working on developing software, there’s a learning curve, and change and improvement are inevitable. To ensure that a software project is successful, correct alignment of tasks, constant communication, and secure project closure are all needed. At Cornet Elevated, we can assist your business in achieving its unique targets and goals through providing exceptional talent from the top 2% of freelance developers. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about the ways you can ensure success and save up to 60% time.