Custom Software Development: Top 5 Key Steps to Follow For On-Time Projects Delivery
Today, many business organizations are taking advantage of offshore software outsourcing industry and outsource their custom software development requirements to software companies in overseas. This help organizations to have access to advanced technologies as well as to reduce development costs and meeting their budget requirement. To guarantee the success of a software development project, such project must be delivered on-time and on-budget. But how do you make sure that both requirements can be met?
In this article, we examine the key steps that outsourcing vendors should adhere to, in order to ensure the software development projects are delivered on-time and meeting budget:
1. Identify the Project Scope – And Stick with It
First and foremost, it’s critical that business organizations work with outsourcing vendors to clearly identify the development project scope and stick with it. Every project has different scope and once a project start moving, the list of “extra requests” might also grow together as well. Many of the times, some of the extra requirements are not exactly necessary or required. So, it’s important to keep the scope in check to ensure the project is not over budget which would severely affect the overall finance as well as project deadlines.
2. Divide the Project Plan
One of the most effective methods to reduce the risk of project delays and missed deadline is to dividing project into smaller parts and stages for the team to work on. This helps the development team to view the project as a number of stages to be completed in a clearly defined timeline. Here, project manager can easily manage and ensure all the deadlines of those various smaller stages are met according to the targets established beforehand.
3. Outline Project Deliverables
Clearly outlines the deliverables will keep the project moving forward in the right direction. Also, this will help outsourcing company to provide a more accurate estimates on development costs, time, and resources. It’s worth noting that the deliverables should be defined in as much details as possible, and then discussed and approved for signed off by clients.
4. Offshore Team Commitment
Frankly, the quality of the work provided by offshore team members would make or break and determine the project outcome. A well-managed, motivated and passionate team will be able to achieve results exceed clients’ expectations. In order to accomplish that, project manager needs to set reasonable expectations and effectively identify and assign tasks to the appropriate team members.
The success of a software project is clearly the result of team-work. Thus, it’s important that team members fully understand their duties and put in the effort required to complete the assigned tasks. Manager should also help provide support to enable his/her team achieve the objectives as set.
5. Testing and QA
It’s crucial that the software outsourcing company performs testing and QA early and often. Waiting until the final stages of projects to test might already be too late. Software testing and QA help identify bugs and errors as well as allow developers to correct them and prevent minor issues from growing into bigger ones. Testing and QA also enables development team members to realize their contributions in the project, which in turn can boost their confidence and increase team productivity.
In particular, the project managers should frequently provide feedback to help every member of team to understand the project goals and stay on track with a clear focus and clarity. Other than that, the outsourcing vendor also needs to be flexible by allowing the incorporation of changes in the later stages of the project while still striving to deliver project on-time and meeting budget. The important point here is to operate and manage projects efficiently to help clients reduce costs and increase revenue, while at the same time, create a great customers experience.
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