Software product development is basically a one-stop service that supports clients at every stage of product evolution – from a mere idea to product support and maintenance. Software product development is the process where dos and don’ts can seem vague, especially taking into account the amount of information on this topic. Confused independent software vendors (ISVs) are constantly on the run searching for more related innovations to apply. Consequently, what most ISVs do, is concentrating on the particular process or stage of custom software development (especially in case of outsourcing services), while neglecting the basics – proper negotiations and discussions of the project details. To be more exact, precise requirements regarding software product development are not just a must; they are the foundation of the entire process.
Software product development is a huge area in software engineering and TechSpire have well-trained professionals that are dedicated to adhering to the phases of software product development. The first thing is basically a business analysis, what is your business all about? What products and services are you going to sell? Next is the market analysis, which should focus on the target market for your products and services. The next phase is the writing of the Software Requirements Specification, known simply as SRS. This phase is important because the customer gets the chance to clearly state what they want the software product to do upon completion.
After getting the SRS, the next phase is the prototyping phase, which is the activity of creating prototypes of the software product, basically incomplete versions of the software program being developed. With good prototypes in place, it is time to start with the development, which will be based on the prototypes created in the previous phase of the software product development process. Project management is the next phase that comes in after the development is complete, quality assurance is equally as important, which has to do with testing the software that has been developed. The end product is then delivered to the client and it is followed by support and maintenance of the product that has been delivered.
If one analyzes the most common reasons for a project failure, they will clearly see that the communication gap comes first on the list. Have you ever heard of the situation, when a customer is not fully satisfied with the results, because “something different was planned/meant/hoped for, etc.”? However, software developers in most cases do not possess the ability to foresee “the hidden.” This results in anything, but fruitful cooperation.
If you are a customer, who is eager to get involved into a new software product development project, it is of great interest for you to be as precise about the requirements as possible. You are the one, who knows, what the product should be designed for, what kind of needs it should satisfy, and how it should be implemented. The crucial moment here is to explain it all to the software services provider, without omitting everything that is “implied.”