At the pre­sent day, tech­no­lo­gy is the back­bone of vir­tual­ly ever­ything we do. From simp­le per­so­nal tasks to com­plex indus­tri­al pro­ces­ses, we are rely­ing on soft­ware to get fast, accu­ra­te and reli­able results. In this digi­tal era app­li­ca­ti­ons are hel­ping us mana­ge busi­ness, socia­li­ze, com­mu­ni­ca­te, auto­ma­te busi­ness pro­ces­ses, incre­a­se pro­duc­ti­vi­ty, enhan­ce secu­ri­ty and much more, and this makes tech­no­lo­gy an inte­gral part of our lives. With the advan­ce­ment of tech­no­lo­gy, the soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment pro­cess has evol­ved as well. The world is deman­ding for app­li­ca­ti­ons that are effi­ci­ent, fast, reli­able and easy to use; this means that deve­lo­pers must focus more on stra­te­gic plan­ning in soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment so as to achie­ve the best results pos­si­ble. Plan­ning is a cru­cial pha­se in the deve­lo­p­ment pro­cess, as it deter­mi­nes the level of suc­cess and relia­bi­li­ty of an application.

Stra­te­gic plan­ning in soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment invol­ves set­ting objec­ti­ves, focu­sing on the archi­tec­tu­re and design, deci­ding on the deve­lo­p­ment time­li­ne and con­cen­tra­ting resour­ces and efforts. A stra­te­gic plan hel­ps deve­lo­pers lay­out a frame­work that enab­les them to work toward achie­ving the goals in the most effec­ti­ve and effi­ci­ent way. Below are some of the roles and values of stra­te­gic plan­ning in soft­ware development.

A Well Thought Architecture

An app­li­ca­ti­on and its effi­ci­en­cy is only as good as its archi­tec­tu­re. Deve­lo­ping fast, effi­ci­ent and reli­able app­li­ca­ti­ons starts with the soft­ware archi­tec­tu­re; it is what deter­mi­nes its per­for­mance when in use. Stra­te­gic plan­ning hel­ps the deve­lo­per focus on the various soft­ware archi­tec­tu­ral ele­ments that make an app more reli­able; the­se inclu­de secu­ri­ty, speed, effi­ci­ent memo­ry foot­print, and sta­bi­li­ty. Deve­lo­ping an app without a solid plan means the app might have secu­ri­ty issu­es, fre­quent cras­hes and be slow during ope­ra­ti­on, whe­re­as stra­te­gic plan­ning hel­ps eli­mi­na­te this issues.

Impro­ved Quality

Focus on stra­te­gic plan­ning in app deve­lo­p­ment hel­ps the deve­lo­per build excel­lent qua­li­ty. An accu­ra­te plan hel­ps the deve­lo­per start the deve­lo­p­ment with the end in mind and this way the objec­ti­ves are accom­plis­hed. Every app­li­ca­ti­on is deve­lo­ped to sol­ve a par­ti­cu­lar pro­blem. App deve­lo­p­ment with a stra­te­gic plan will sol­ve the pro­blem in the most effi­ci­ent way, and the users will be satis­fied with the results. The qua­li­ty will deter­mi­ne its suc­cess in the market.

Time­ly App Deve­lo­p­ment (Time Management)

Sta­tis­tics show that most app­li­ca­ti­ons are not com­ple­ted in time and this leads to incon­ve­ni­en­ces or at times ren­ders the soft­ware useless. An app that was meant for a spe­ci­fic event like natio­nal elec­tions has to be com­ple­te for tes­ting and imple­men­ta­ti­on befo­re the elec­tions begin. Unless the soft­ware is com­ple­te befo­re the event, the deve­lo­p­ment pro­cess will be a was­te of time and resour­ces. Plan­ning hel­ps the deve­lo­per lay­out a deve­lo­p­ment sche­du­le. The sche­du­le out­lines the tasks to be com­ple­ted in each pha­se, and by fol­lowing this pro­gram, it is pos­si­ble to deve­lop and com­ple­te the pro­ject in time.

Cost Reduc­tion

Soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment is a cos­t­ly pro­cess that requi­res both resour­ces and time. A stra­te­gic plan hel­ps the deve­lo­per come up with a plan that descri­bes the gui­de­li­nes and spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons of how the app will be deve­lo­ped. With a good design and archi­tec­tu­re, it is pos­si­ble to deve­lop the soft­ware with the allo­ca­ted resour­ces. Without a good plan deve­lo­pers may work for weeks or mon­ths just to rea­li­ze they are hea­ding in the wrong direc­tion, and this leads to was­te of resour­ces, while a good plan can help redu­ce the­se costs.