While deve­lo­ping a soft­ware plat­form, every com­pa­ny faces some pro­blems throughout dai­ly ope­ra­ti­ons. While some pro­blems in soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment can be com­plex and inter­de­pen­dent, others are easy to hand­le. In this post, we will dis­cuss some of the most com­mon pro­blems you might expe­ri­ence during the soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment lifecycle.

Clear Initi­al Requirements

Befo­re you start working on a pro­ject, you need to under­stand the client’s requi­re­ments clear­ly. It’s important to under­stand that the client’s wants may be dif­fe­rent from his needs. It’s your job to ana­ly­ze the spe­ci­fic needs and requi­re­ments. Howe­ver, this doesn’t mean that the cli­ent doesn’t know what he’s tal­king about. You need to con­si­der the client’s inputs for the project.

Track Pro­ject Timelines

Soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment is about per­forming tasks wit­hin a spe­ci­fic time­frame. It’s a major pro­blem to sche­du­le work and keep track of time­li­nes. The­re are a lot of rea­sons why it beco­mes dif­fi­cult to com­ple­te a pro­ject wit­hin a spe­ci­fied peri­od of time. Pro­ject mana­gers need to work tog­e­ther to update tasks and time­li­nes dai­ly. Owners­hip of the pro­ject should be given to a sin­gle per­son who will keep track of everything.

Stick to Initi­al Requirements

A project’s initi­al requi­re­ments often chan­ge during soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment. This is one of the most com­mon pro­blems in soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment. When this hap­pens, it affects the deli­very time and cost of the pro­ject. Sin­ce various pro­jects are sche­du­led one after ano­t­her, this has a major impact on other pro­jects, too. To avoid con­flicts and misun­derstan­dings, cli­ents should be made awa­re about the­se chan­ges during soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment. Pro­ject mana­gers should anti­ci­pa­te delays, and make sure they are com­mu­ni­ca­ted to the client.

Tes­ting

Tes­ting is the pro­cess of ana­ly­zing and che­cking the soft­ware throughout its deve­lo­p­ment cycle. Tes­ting invol­ves a lot more than just kee­ping a check on the pro­gress. Alt­hough the soft­ware plat­form might be bug-free, it doesn’t mean you can pass on the soft­ware to the cli­ent. Usa­bi­li­ty and User Expe­ri­ence tes­tings are extre­me­ly important befo­re you take any fur­ther steps.

Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on

Pro­per com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on bet­ween all con­cer­ned par­ties is cri­ti­cal. During soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment pro­jects, the cli­ent needs to be infor­med about every sta­ge and all the pro­blems in soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment. You need to estab­lish an effec­ti­ve pro­ject manage­ment sys­tem, whe­re a cli­ent reviews the sta­tus of the pro­ject on a regu­lar basis.

In addi­ti­on to this, pro­ject mana­ger and deve­lo­pers should com­mu­ni­ca­te dai­ly and keep track of the project’s pro­gress. This can even be done with a short stand-up mee­ting every morning. Lack of com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on leads to was­ted time and resour­ces. In order to achie­ve suc­cess, all par­ties need to be on the same page, and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on plays an important role to achie­ve this goal. Pro­per pro­ce­du­res and frame­work should always be in place.

Soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment is a time con­suming, com­pli­ca­ted and deman­ding pro­cess. You can’t just expect to deve­lop a soft­ware without expe­ri­en­cing any pro­blems. The ones dis­cus­sed in this post are com­mon­ly faced by most deve­lo­pers. Being proac­ti­ve is the key to suc­cess. You need to make sure all the sta­ges are clear to the cli­ent befo­re you start working on the pro­ject. Once again, pro­per com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on is extre­me­ly important.