Common Pitfalls of Software Development and Tips to Avoid Them

The choice of an IT development company for creating business products must be approached very responsibly. Among the developer’s cases, there should be projects that are similar to the result you want to get. Developers and customers alike often make the same mistakes in estimating the resources needed to get the job done. This is what our article will be about.

Vague Project Requirements

The admission of inaccuracies, errors in the preparation of the technical task (TOR) leads to loss of time and money. The content of the TOR is part of the project. Regardless of its type: new or already part of one. The main task of the technical assignment is to present the wishes and requirements of the customer in a format that can be manufactured.

What should not be allowed during the development of technical specifications? The solution of the tasks set by the customer is impossible without a competently drawn up technical task. Even with competence, good preparation, mistakes can be made. Most common:

• Excessive detail;

• Conflicting requirements;

• Vague wording;

• Desire to combine several procedures into one.

One of the main rules: more specifics. Accurately drawn up requirements with an indication of GOST, references to other standards will prevent ambiguous interpretation, avoid misunderstanding by the performer of the task. To draw up the TK, you need to use a dry, scientific style of presentation. The use of comparisons is undesirable. The terminology of the industry in which the project is being developed should be used.

Unrealistic Timeline

Some developers estimate the cost of developing a website based on the planned development time. The time spent, of course, will depend on the technical solutions chosen by the developer. Business owners don’t have to chase temptingly short deadlines. In this case, there is a risk that the product release will have to be rescheduled several times. It will be optimal to choose the average development time among projects similar to yours.

Unbalanced Staffing Commitments

The shortage of qualified IT specialists in the labor market continues to grow. According to some reports, up to five employers are “lined up” for each programmer. In such circumstances, companies are greatly tempted to hire anyone who meets the requirements for the technical training of specialists. However, HR managers involved in software programming and software testing recruitment should understand that even in such an environment, when deciding to hire a new employee, his personality must be considered. After all, these people not only write codes or test programs, but are also members of the project team, communicate with representatives of the customer (both remotely and personally – during business trips).

In addition to the knowledge and experience of the candidate, during the technical interview, we also evaluate:

• Intellectual factor (the complexity of the tasks performed by a person, organization and consistency of thinking, the ability to clearly formulate and convey one’s thoughts);

• Motivational factor (preferences and expectations of a person);

• Personality factor (behavior of the candidate during the interview).

Insufficient Testing Procedures

The quality of a software product is characterized by a set of properties that determine how good the product is from the point of view of stakeholders, such as the customer of the product, sponsor, end user, product developers and testers, support engineers, marketing, training and sales staff. Each of the participants may have a different idea of ​​the product and how good or bad it is, that is, how high the quality of the product is. Thus, the formulation of the problem of product quality assurance translates into the problem of identifying stakeholders, their quality criteria and then finding the optimal solution that meets these criteria.

For a comprehensive check of the quality of the finished product, the following procedures must be carried out:

• Functional testing;

• Non-functional testing;

• Embedded software testing and standards compliance in the Agile era;

• Performance testing;

• Preparation of documentation for testing;

• Exploratory testing;

• Stress Testing;

• Test automation;

• Testing of usability;

• Configuration testing;

• Integration testing;

• Stress testing.

Murtaza Ali

Murtaza Ali is a digital marketing expert and creative content writer with skills in online writing, blogging, and social media marketing. He likes to share his knowledge with readers in an inspiring and motivational way.

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