Few things are more important to a new IT product than a software development project plan. This is the one and only instrument in your toolbox that will not only be your best friend in the strategy layout, but will also save you money in the long haul. Let’s take a look at some key elements that should be taken into account when building a software development project plan.
First, write things down. The What, How, and Who of your project should be written down in order to avoid confusion but also to help you structure your own business layout. Writing things down will ensure that a healthy oversight and follow-up mechanism is being established with your software development company from the very beginning. Phone calls and Skype meetings are an excellent first step, but a good IT company will always encourage that things are spelled out on paper (or rather in 1s and 0s 😉 – they will also help when you’re unsure where to begin). A solid software development project plan has some brainstorming behind it, together with key staff involved in the project.
Secondly, don’t get side-tracked. This is the moment when you think Big Picture. Don’t become obsessed with details other than what the logic of the software should be, who will be the end-user, and what the desired results are. Everything else will work itself out within the more detailed technical architecture of the product, which generally comes after the software development project plan.
Third, and this is what I say to all our potential clients, here is an exercise that you and your team should complete in the process of developing a software project plan: brainstorm together regarding all features that your ideal product should have. Think of ALL the elements and tools that, ideally, you would want present in your project. This includes the main features, but also additional or auxiliary elements that would be nice to have at some point in your product. Once you feel you’ve reached a comfortable list of goodies, CROSS OUT ALL OF THEM EXCEPT FOR TWO OR THREE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL THINGS that your product would not live without. These are the defining elements of your product. These are also usually the things your clients will pay for, and what your competition is lacking. They will constitute the first version of your new software, and you must focus entirely on them. Once you identify the meat-and-potatoes of your project, the rest of your software development project plan is a breeze. As soon as your core features are done and working flawlessly, you can start adding all the other nice-to-haves (new features and such). Until then, focus on the most critical two to three elements of your project.
As always, reach out to us with your IT project idea. We’ll be happy to assist!