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5 things you need to do before you establish software development

Before you start the actual development, it is highly recommended that you fully grasp the steps you can take. Besides preparing for a software estimate, you need to get your ideas to bloom in the best possible way by understanding the details that make them work.

5 things you need to do before you establish software development

 2022-07-27

5 things you need to do before you establish software development

Before you start the actual development, it is highly recommended that you fully grasp the steps you can take.

 

Besides preparing for a software estimate, you need to get your ideas to bloom in the best possible way by understanding the details that make them work.

 

Make sure you are ready for:

  • Crystallize your vision. What do you think your product should look like? What features do you need? What are the goals the product achieves?
  • Understand the business. A good app can only be developed with a deep understanding of the businesses it supports. Understand your business requirements and future user needs.
  • Face your business with technology. Once you know the features your product needs and the problems designed to solve it, you can start thinking about the optimal technology stack and plan your development.

 

 

1. Goal


Goal setting is the first milestone in project management. You need to provide answers to the following questions:

  • What will the project achieve? (Performance goal)
  • When and how will the results be achieved? (Time and resource goals)
  • How much will it cost? (budget target)
  • Resources (staffing requirements and available infrastructure) are required during the project.


The project goals should be in line with the company's overall business goals. Keep in mind that these three factors interact with each other and can affect the changes applied to one of them. Reducing the available staff is likely to affect the end date of the project and also the final result.

 

 

2. Definition of persona


A project persona is a structured character that represents a future user of the project's results. Building a persona is a way of imagining a human recipient of a product and provides a wide range of knowledge about the needs of its customers. This approach gives you a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities before you test your product.

 

To design a persona, think about some characteristics (demographics and behavioral data, human distress, benefits, background information such as currently used solutions, names, photos, personal information, etc.) and answer important questions.

  • Does the persona really need your product?
  • How does a persona benefit from it?
  • What problem does the product solve?

 

The product probably addresses a variety of customer needs, but it requires a different approach to customer needs, problems, and goals.

 

 

3. Plan


You may want to launch a project the moment an idea comes up, but you need to be aware that instead of launching a project built with dreams and beliefs, take the time to focus on the right plans.

 

Without a plan, it's hard to reach your goals. A plan not only helps you determine the delivery date, but also helps you with the delivery steps (required resources, costs, administrator approval, and other requirements).

 

 

4. Story mapping


Story mapping is a technique that helps you better understand your product by imagining your perception of the product. User stories are created during discussions with stakeholders or based on personas. These are designed to influence the functionality of the developed system.

 

 

5. Epics  


Epics usually occur when a component that is created in a user story and is primarily considered simple grows into a larger chunk of work, making it impossible to develop that component in a single sprint. This part is the result of an increase in components, resulting in a "larger" user story that needs to be split into smaller sections. The purpose of the above attitude is to allow the team to more accurately estimate their efforts and make great strides in a particular task.

 

Dividing your work into "small" and "large" sections is a subjective issue and depends on the company that uses this approach. User stories and epics allow you to categorize your work and track it efficiently.

 

 

 

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