Busting five of the most popular software development myths
Software development is a mystical process that only the devoted acolytes are privy to. As a result, it is surrounded by legends and myths. Some of them are blatantly ridiculous. Other myths seem very much like the truth yet are false as well. Check out these five popular myths if you want to get a better grasp of software development processes. They will help you decide whether you are willing to work with a professional development team on your project.
Custom software development costs are astronomical
When you first request a quote and receive a number with lots of zeroes, you will be tempted to forget about custom software. Standard off-the-shelf solutions will seem so much cheaper. However, most business owners forget, that even ready-made software comes with a price. You will have to update your subscription and pay for added users. Sometimes you will require extra features that come with a separate price tag. All these costs add up to form a hefty sum. Think about how often you have to transform your business processes to fit the default set of features. You will realize that custom software development will save your money in the long run. Consider it an investment into your business’ future and a key factor that will increase your efficiency and bring bigger revenue.
Agile Development Allows Changes at Any Development Stage
Without a proper understanding of software development processes, many business owners try to make changes to the preapproved list of features and requirements after the project is already underway. However, making a small change does not equal rewriting a few lines of code. Oftentimes even minor changes ripple through the whole architecture and cause numerous errors and bugs. As a result, the development timeline is altered, and the costs go up.
Before you decide you need to add extra features or to remake user interface, consider if these changes will actually benefit your business or make the final product better for end-users. Otherwise, maintain your original plan and consider making changes within future software releases.
More people on the team mean quicker results
Unlike traditional production cycles, software development does not work quicker with more hands on deck. So when your project’s timeline gets updated and the release date is pushed back, do not try to quicken the development by adding new people to the team.
Software development is a complex process. And bringing in new players means project manager will have to spend valuable time getting them up to speed. Fresh workers will need to understand the whole concept and realize their own places in it. Your project manager and key developers will be distracted from their work, and the release will be pushed back even further. If you need the project done quicker, try finding other ways of speeding up the development cycle.
There is nothing to do after the product is released
The project does not end after the final release. There is still a lot of work for developers, testers and support managers. Even if the interface is streamlined and simple, your users might need training to fully grasp the software’s features. User feedback can be used to improve the user-friendliness of your product as well as provide ideas for future updates. Ideally, you should plan ahead and compile a roadmap of your product’s evolution through time. You might also need regular maintenance and debugging since you will soon learn that bug-free software is just another myth.
Bug-free software is real
The ideal code is a thing of legends. There can never be a program that does not possess even the smallest of errors. Consider this: even NASA’s rocket launching software had one error. And it took 260 people to write all 420 thousands lines of code. You probably won’t require the same level of accuracy and won’t be willing to pay as much for your project. So don’t be offended by every single bug your users point out. After all, every software is a living thing, ever-changing and progressing.
Now you have a better understanding of what is real and what is mythical in the mysterious world of software development. We hope these busted myths will help you make better choices when working on your project.