How to Handle Increasing Costs During Software Development

However, each company wants to minimize their project costs and be able to develop a viable product with respectable set of features. One best way to introduce cost efficiency is to opt for bespoke software development services. In other words, you should hire third-party/individual resources for your project or even in some cases completely outsource your project to a third-party company.

Using Agile Software Methodology

Often just categorized as a modern concept for software development, Agile is much more than that; especially if you are looking for a rapid turnaround time for feature development. Agile allows faster development of a set of features through sprints and milestones. Practiced through a Product Owner, who figures out the features in the product scope; Agile allows defining the critical path of features, their order and how features should be developed in the project lifecycle.

The project team is a primary stakeholder in defining the time required to develop a feature. The time is a variable that determines the sprint velocity. After a few sprints, the product backlog is continuously groomed with more visibility and discipline in taking on further features for development. The momentum continues, the team formation becomes stronger with each resource knowing their set of tasks.

Agile, in essential is a core principle which when practiced in its true spirit allows a more focused discipline including significant decrease in software development costs. Its primary advantage is to work with a handful of resources, who are zoned in in achieving their tasks, working in a close-knit set with cross-communication and cross-collaboration as key factors.

By hiring a custom software development company for your project, you can shift the entire project development risk to a third-party who takes up the project with utmost responsibility of delivering the solution on the decided time and budget. As a result, you have your hands free to take other dimensions of product management such as the strategy of marketing, and selling the product to customers. Nowadays, it’s all about having ways to branch out and establish your market presence. Through outsourcing your project, you give yourself the leverage to focus on other aspects of product management to ensure your product is well received in the market place.

Minimum Viable Product

At times, custom software development companies get overboard and want to accommodate every single whim of their customers. However, it’s important to know the difference between must-haves and wish-list. Not every requirement is going to give your product an edge against competition. Some features are better to let go and concentrate on developing a minimum set of features that are workable, tested and give users a seamless experience.

Using Open Source Software

The best part about specialized software development solutions is that anything under the sun has been tried by someone out there; unless your idea is as unique as the word unique itself. However, some part of your software is already similar to some remote open source software that is available to you for reusing in your code. Yes, you’re welcome!

So, basically what this means is that you can add a code component in your project that’s already available as a plug-in which is a tested, verified component awaiting to give you a certain functionality without additional resource, and time required from your end. However, you do need brains to integrate that component with your code and also test whether the component works with your product or not.

With the right developer who has the smarts for tackling open source software and incorporating it wisely in the existing code, your project gets the right boost in getting a proper workable component.

DevOPs are Life Saviors

DevOPs when part of your project team can be one of the main stakeholders with advice on infrastructure, performance and efficiency aspects of the product. They are also the main people to advice on deployment of the product on machine, and how the project is transferred to the operations team as smoothly as possible. Although, the DevOPs seem like an overhead but their inclusion in the project team helps you prevent from hidden costs that may affect the successful timely delivery of the project.

Source by Alfie E Ethan

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