Software projects, whether built in-house or by a development partner, often run long. Not only does this usually equate to a more expensive product, a delayed project can mean being beaten to market by a competitor. Poor planning that prolongs software development timelines is costly and can be a reason for software or app failure. It’s sometimes difficult to see when the software development timeline is off-track until it’s too late.
We hear about software founders who are frustrated by the slowness of software development. Sometimes that’s because the software timeline is behind schedule. In other instances, the project feels slow, because their development partner hasn’t set up a structure that allows for progress transparency.
Founders and other business leaders want a better way to measure development progress and to know when a software project is getting behind or failing to meet milestones. At ENO8, have built a reputation of delivering on-time software that users love. We’re able to stay on track because we set up parameters and a clear roadmap from the start and then consistently measure against it. Keep reading to learn about our secret sauce for building software on-time and within budget!
Executing an on-time software project depends on one main thing: preparation.
Product failure during development is almost always the result of poor upfront planning that leads to problems like
It’s not difficult to set up a software development timeline that can be monitored, measured, and steered toward success. And once the systems are in place, the project can move down a straight path toward success. We often tell our clients that we go slow so we can go fast. First, we carefully plan. Then, we hit the gas and fly.
In the beginning, the following questions need to be asked, answered, put into writing, and communicated to the entire team.
With the aforementioned structure in place, it’s now easier to check in on the progress of a project, determine how much is left, and estimate if the software development timeline is off-track or not.
Questions we would ask to measure progress:
Just in case you thought the software development ends once the program or app is launched – it doesn’t. In fact, once you have your MVP, congratulations, you are now in the software business!
Planning isn’t over once the product is launched either. Post-launch planning is about continued maintenance, developments, and improvements (e.g. utilize user behavior and feedback to prioritize next steps on the roadmap).
Failing to continue planning is a leading reason for product development failure.
We’ll talk more in a future blog about the keys to post-launch software development success.
If you want to ensure the perfect plan for your software project in less than 6 weeks, reach out to talk about the Innovation Lab. It’s planning on steroids – a hyper distilled workshop led by development experts to get the exact information you need to build a world class digital product.
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Jeff Francis is a veteran entrepreneur and co-founder of Dallas-based digital product studio ENO8. Jeff and his business partner, Rishi Khanna, created ENO8 to empower companies of all sizes to design, develop and deliver innovative, impactful digital products. With more than 18 years working with early-stage startups, Jeff has a passion for creating and growing new businesses from the ground up, and has honed a unique ability to assist companies with aligning their technology product initiatives with real business outcomes.
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