Every software project is unique in the sense that it performs certain functions or delivers a final product to a variety of different end users. There is no one objective way of defining what truly constitutes a successful software project. However, there are criteria that can be used to measure the extent of success such as timely delivery, whether it stayed within the initially planned budget, and whether it satisfied the needs of the end user. The completed software project can range anywhere from being an ideal project to a failed project based on the implementation of the following considerations throughout all the development phases from the research phase to the final delivery phase:
Clearly defining the project scope and “success”:
To ensure a successful outcome from developing software, one of the first steps that should be taken is communicating with stakeholders. The project scope should be clearly defined through a product requirements document 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 will help 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 will need effective 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 clearly 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 end result it is ideal for the project manager to define milestones for team members. This allows team them to have clear and achievable short-term goals to work towards as to not 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 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 strong project closure. On the technical side, a smart project manager will make 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 internal 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 can be used as a measure for 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 will always be a learning curve and change & improvement will be inevitable. To ensure that a software project is successful there needs to be a correct alignment of tasks, constant communication, and strong project closure. 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.