Everything you need to know about the Software Development process before hiring a Software Development Company

Everything you need to know about the Software Development process before hiring a Software Development Company

December 6, 2019 0 By Ideaction
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Nowadays, almost every business faces the need to develop a custom application that will increase its profitability.  Either you own a big business or a small start-up, you definitely need a team of IT experts that will create the software from beginning to end.

Most of the time, customers that come up with a start-up idea don’t know the exact workflow of a development company, and in our competitive market, it’s very difficult to choose the company that fits well your business idea. Therefore, great collaboration depends on complete trust and frequent communication between the developers and the client. This means understanding the software developer’s responsibilities first. If you are still on the fence, luckily for you, this article will shed some light over your confusion. Here are some insights you should keep in mind when choosing to partner with a software development company.

Software development process: responsibilities

Software development is the process of programming, designing, testing and debugging of certain applications. It begins with an idea or a concept of the desired software and leads it to become the final product. To be more specific, a developer’s journey starts with planning and designing each detail of an application or a system according to the user’s needs. His/her next core task is making it work. Furthermore, he/she is the one to find the right software solutions for customers’ programs and systems. Additionally, he/she formulates these software needs into code requirements and presents it to the programmers. To sum up, software developers are responsible for the whole development process of the software program.

Software Development core activities

Building software is a challenging task and it takes a professional team of developers to take a startup from the ground up and make it corner the market. Each team has a personal approach to the workflow, but all of them include these main activities: specification or requirements, design, implementation, verification and validation, maintenance and scaling.

The most commonly used method of software development is Agile methodology. Agile software development is used to describe the frameworks and practices based on the values and pillars expressed in the 12 Principles behind it. Agile methodology is further subdivided into several process frameworks. For example, we use Scrum at Ideaction. Scrum is a framework that has a number of unique features. One of the main aspects of Scrum is that it packs all the steps into short repeating cycles. These cycles are called sprints and they usually last from 1 week up to one. In this way, we have a ready-for-ship product after each sprint and we provide biweekly Scrum reporting. 

No matter what model a company decides to follow, there are 7 general stages of the Software Development Life Cycle. Let’s take a broader look at a typical SDLC.

Software Development Life Cycle

All Startups start with a great idea and an enthusiastic customer. Let’s call him John. John has a great idea so he gets in touch with Ideaction. He is immediately contacted by someone from the business development team. They are going to discuss the terms of the agreement, sign the deal and accept the project. This will lead to the first step of the SDLC:

Planning

This step is crucial and may have a huge negative impact on the entire development process if neglected. The CEO and the business development representative will present a more detailed analysis of the project. They work on a plan that also includes a timeline, cost analysis, as well as monetization and profit opportunities. This information is used to plan all the actions ahead in financial, operational and technical areas. Together with the project manager, they form a blueprint for the team to ensure the successful development of the project.

Defining requirements

Once all planning is set up, work moves to the defining requirements stage. This is when John and the Ideaction development team will meet to document key business processes that are to be automated or optimized with software. This is done through an SRS (Software Requirement Specification) document that describes all the product features to be designed and all the functional and non-functional requirements to be developed during the project life cycle.

Software Design and Product Architecture

The SRS guides the product architects and developers to come up with the best design and application architecture. The design process consists of standardized patterns used for both architecture and software development. It might include business rules, user interface layouts, color schemes, programming languages to use, frameworks, database relationships,  supportive browsers and much more. All the design ideas are documented in a DDS – Design Document Specification, and after all the stakeholders review it, the best design concept is chosen for the product.

Programming

This is where the big fun begins. Having the DDS agreed, our team of developers gets busy with coding the software. The output of this process is testable and functional software. Developers follow the coding guidelines defined by programming languages such as HTML, CSS, Angular, JavaScript or Python for web and Swift for iOS and Java or Kotlin for Android. The programming language is chosen according to the type of software being developed.

Testing the product

This phase might be crucial in the Software Development Process. In order to deliver a high-quality product with as few bugs as possible, our development team will test the product at different levels, eliminate all the glitches until it reaches the quality standards defined in the SRS.

Deployment in the Market and Maintenance

When the application reaches its desirable state, and the links and database are set up, Ideaction can release it to the public. Depending on the product and business strategy agreed upon before, the product may be released in a limited segment and tested by the real business environment or may go directly on the App Store. Once it is launched, our development team continues to monitor the application to make sure it’s operating properly. If any bugs appear, developers fix them promptly as well as implement all the necessary updates. Maintenance is both a managerial and technical matter, and its purpose is to preserve the value over time of the software. It is an ongoing process and lasts as long as Ideaction is involved in the project.

If you are searching for a software development company, consider Ideaction as a worthwhile choice. Our software development experts know how to develop a successful app. Also, besides providing technological support, we can help you test and market your idea.

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