Making Software development a smooth process.

What makes App development a success

All application development is painful. Come to think of it any consultation from a vendor company can go wrong. That’s the reason why you ask the vendor company to give details about what to expect at the end of the consultation. The work inherently has anticipation, doubt and a bit of culture difference. The so called client consultant relationship.

I’m not talking about the application success in this post. There are a lot more factors effecting that outcome in addition a good developer. Of course with a wrong one, you are stuffed!

Successful Development?

The one where you are not aggravated, where you don’t doubt time and again if you have the right company working for you. You should be sure that the company has done the best work anyone can. Where you sail through the development as smooth as possible. Once the development is over, application success or failure, you still like him enough to return a call or reply to his email.

As far as I can tell there are only about a couple of things than can make a development successful.

Specifications

This is what we go by. This is how we communicate what needs to be built and how. I spend a good amount of time getting it right before the development and having my team go over it during.

Be sure to your specs through with a good amount of detail and have any changes updated to that document. The document must be write accessible to both parties. Google docs works in the absence of a project management system.

You should also get a schedule of development and delivery. This helps your app be on time.

Communication

This one’s a no brainier. I don’t need to tell you about this. There are infinitely many number of sites that put communication as the prime factor for success in any given situation. Hmm.. but people still don’t seem to get it. There are just as many horror stories about consultation gone bad.

I send out daily digests to my clients, give sitrep on milestones and deadlines and heads up on incoming problems. I also drag my client in to meeting at least a couple of time a week. Believe me, there would be enough reasons to do so.

If there is no default line of communication or if you are not hearing from your developer, Run – if you can. If you can’t try talking your guy in to being responsive.

Easy to say, quite a task to get in to the habit.

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