Are you planning to take on a new software development project this year? There’s no better time than the start of the year to start investing in tools that will improve your business practices.
In this article, we share our top software development advice for 2022. Of course, our team will be here to collaborate with you on your next project and support your business as we enter the new year.
Communication is key to success
The number one piece of software development advice we have for anyone taking on a new challenge this year is to focus on communication. When we work with your company, we ask that you communicate clearly your expectations for the project. This helps us to stay on the same page from day one. Honest and open communication is key to the success of any project in your life. It will help both your team and ours to deliver the best results during our time working together.
Of course, there are various forms of communication we can use to make your work a success. By choosing the way that’s most convenient for you to keep in touch with our team, you’ll find any software development project is hassle-free and enjoyable for both parties.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
So many of us spend our working lives focusing on the final result. However, when it comes to our software development advice, we recommend breaking stuff and then fixing it to find the best results. Don’t be afraid to mess up and start again, as you’ll learn so much more during the process.
If you don’t feel like you have the time or energy to dedicate to your next project, we recommend outsourcing this work to our team. We’ll be happy to experiment with various ideas based on your guidelines. From there, we can work together to find the perfect results for your company’s needs. We just encourage you to come to this collaboration with an open mind. That’s when we always see the best results with our work.
Take your time with software development
There’s no denying that software development can be quite intimidating. If you aren’t sure where to get started, focus on the process rather than the end results. Embrace trial and error, as you’ll learn so much about yourself and your business as you go. If you are having a go at coding by yourself for the first time, dive straight into this challenge. However, software development is not an easy skill to learn, so make sure you have enough time to dedicate to this challenge.
Failure is a huge part of software development. We encourage you not to put pressure on yourself with too many strict deadlines. Instead, focus on having a more open timeframe in mind. Don’t pressure yourself with a looming release day. We find this can cause you to launch software that has many errors and issues.
Another key area we recommend you don’t rush or overlook is testing. You can use acceptance criteria as a framework to test against. If you work with us, our team of professionals will ensure all of your code is working properly before releasing your software. While you might think this isn’t worth the wait, it’s much easier to rectify any errors now. You don’t want to wait until after you receive dozens of complaints from your customers.
Try to see the other person’s point of view
We recommend you practice empathy with both the software team and your clients. Writing user stories can help to see issues from both points of view. You can then find the right solution to any problem you face. While we know there may be frustrations involved in every project, we encourage you to communicate with us to ensure we are on the same page.
Take the time to listen to other people’s ideas. You never know when you might learn something from someone else. Most likely frustration or anger doesn’t come from a bad place. Instead, someone is probably just looking for a better solution to the current way you are doing things and wants to work together to create the best software possible for your business.
Let the software development experts take the wheel
When a company first comes to BSPOKE Software to enquire about our services, we recommend they have a vision in mind for their project. From there, we encourage you to put your trust in us and let us take the wheel. You’ll find that your vision will go so much further when you let go of the need to control every element of the project. It also speeds up the development time, as there is less back and forth between the two teams. As a Peterborough software house, we are available to work with most companies located within in England.
We always dedicate a good amount of time to collaboration at the start of the project. Your vision is key to the success of our work, and we want the software to resonate with the end-user. Come to us with clear goals, and we’ll be sure to meet and exceed these when working together.
If you aren’t sure where to start, just write down a list of features or ideas you have for the software. We can then sketch out prototypes and come up with new ideas and solutions that will transform your way of working. Our team always loves to push the boundaries of what’s possible with software development. We will be excited to hear about your next project.
Are you looking to build a new piece of software for your business? If so, we encourage you to follow all of the software development advice we shared above. Our team will be thrilled to partner with you on your next project and bring your vision to life with our help. Contact us today for more information and to discuss any questions you have about working with our team to build software for your employees or customers this year.