Custom Software Development: Is it Done or it’s Not?

Custom Software Development

Software Development is becoming more complex with the advent of this term “custom”. No enterprise is same. Though they fall under the same domain, their perception of doing business is different. This gave IT Firms a reason to provide a tailored solutions to the enterprises.

Custom software development is a real pain. It involves a large group of people to get through this process;

→ Business Developers who deal with the clients
→ Business Analysts who understand, analyse and define the project needs along with  cost and time estimation
→ Software Developers who think programming have a different vision to understand the project
→ UX/UI Designers who think visually have a different vision to understand the project
→ Project Managers are appointed to stick to the timeframe and cost
→ And, finally end-users are involved in application testing

Mostly the team starts off with the specification document without involving the client. The specification document includes the list of features the application will have. After the document is prepared it is sent to the client for feature selection. Its preparation takes a lot of time and involvement of expert panel.

This is what planning is all about.

Designers start sketching the rough idea in a paper or on a computer using a drawing tool and send it to the client.
This is proof of app concept (POC) which helps clients in framing a clear idea of the application’s look & feel.
After client’s approval, the actual work begins. Project Managers, Designers, Software Developers, Business Developers sit around the table discussing the time allotment for designing and development.

This is what we quote as “The first Scrum meeting”

The development starts. Each Developer is assigned a task with allotted time. Gradually the assigned tasks are converted into Done. And, the team thinks that the project is on the verge of completion (The Almost Done Part).

The Almost Done Part

When you come at this stage. It seems like 80% of the project is done in 20% of time. But, here you commit a mistake. Almost Done does not interpret the completion of the project. It is still incomplete.  80% of the work is still left to be done.

If we sit and evaluate the timeline, a large amount of time went into planning the project. And, another large amount of time went into developing an incomplete project. Still, the question pops up “What Next?” This question increases the pain and its reply adds fuel to it.

Push More Developers: “We are almost done. Let us add few more developers and enhance the code”. They don’t understand that adding more people doubles the work and make the task more complex. You need time to explain the entire code to involve more number of people.

What is the outcome? The project ends up messing the code which increases complexities and count of issues.

Stop, Think and Discuss: Code enhancement is a daunting task. It requires more efforts to modify the entire code at the last stage. It takes more time than programming at the first time. Therefore, it is better to discuss before starting editing the code.

Most of the software development companies try to make things more complex by starting off big. It’s better to start small and gradually move further to eliminate the intricacies and unsolvable issues.

A large custom software development project can be broken into small chunks and later these chunks can be integrated to make it a complete finished project. Pick a task, complete it with testing and move forward to another task. This helps developers in developing a high productive solution without exceeding the time and cost.

Building high productive solutions involves lots of benefits;

1. Reduces the loading time of the app
2. Gives fast app experience
3. Engage more users to use the app
4. Builds trust between you and your client
5. Increases your company’s online reputation

This is it.  We are custom software development company that focuses on designing and developing tailored solutions using advanced technology and techniques at pocket-friendly budget. If you have an idea for your software application, drop us an email at sales@openxcell.com.

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