Software Development Project Plan

How to Build a Software Development Project Plan

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!

7 Reasons to Work with an IT Outsourcing Company

It is true that working with an IT outsourcing company can save you money, but this should not be the only reason for choosing to partner with a foreign firm. Choose an outsourcing company wisely and it will bring you a range of benefits.

1. Begin your project right away

An IT outsourcing company will have the resources and knowledge to start working on your project quickly. Working on a project in-house in case you do not have knowledge and expertise will take a lot of time and money, because you will need to put effort in training and hiring people and getting them into the swing of things.

2. Work with experts

Some firms look for IT outsourcing companies because they need experts in specific programming languages. For short-term projects it makes no sense to hire such a developer full time in-house. Outsourcing is beneficial for small companies that are willing to be competitive by using high-tech.

3. Increase efficiency

If you are a big company, your IT team needs to be focused on the tasks with the highest priority. At the same time, tasks that are long-term can be delegated to your outsourcing team.

4. Focus on what is important with an IT outsourcing company

DAS Solutions gives you the possibility to focus on the core of your business, i.e. sales, marketing or customer experience. By being focused you are able to expand your business faster and offer a high level of service at the same time.

5. Handle the lack of human resources

The amount of work there is can be much higher than the number of people available to perform the tasks. This is especially the case in the summer when employees want to take a vacation or during shortages of talent in the company for other reasons. Your IT outsourcing partner is going to be responsible for managing your remote team.

6. Get quality

A good team of software developers delivers reliable products. The outsourcing company’s reputation depends on the quality of their service, which is a significant incentive to be more productive than your in-house developers.

7. Predictable budget

When you work with an IT outsourcing company you know in advance the cost of the development services, which will be helpful in your budgeting process.

Regardless if you wish to work with an IT outsourcing company or develop a product in-house you need to:

a- Set clear goals, milestones and tasks;
b- Have a strategic vision for the project;
c- Provide all the information and support needed.