I have read a few articles recently concerning the transition of investment pressures. Return-on-Investment (ROI) is king of the capital castle, but a quick Time-to Market (TTM) strategy is becoming just as important in the software industry. I believe we could all agree that things are not as black and white as they seem and there is a correlation between the two. In the software industry, the competition is fierce and becoming overly saturated with poor quality products. Investors and c-suite executives are commemorating the significance of a quick time-to-market of a well-crafted, practical solution. You may currently view this standpoint as a tedious balancing act; the pressure keeping you awake at night with the daunting thought of potentially going to market with a barely usable product.
Remember: Regardless of the industry, ROI and market share is important, but there is never any room in the marketplace for poor quality.
Luckily, phases of the Software development life cycle (SDLC) have been distinctly defined over the years and understanding which take the longest to complete and their importance can significantly decrease headaches. With a well-planned strategy, your software product will be on the market and functioning at 100%.
UI & UX Development
The design of an application, including User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design can be difficult for some organizations to completely pin down in a timely manner. Others, can knock this phase out quickly but run into roadblocks post development. Many turn to outsource certain features or the entire development of a product to a specialized team if they don’t have the skills and resources on staff to develop a necessary function. It is important to analyze this strategy before beginning the process. You may find yourself wasting valuable time and money floundering about. Understand that unpreparedness will lead to the need of training a new hire that you may not need past the project. This stagnant situation will ultimately slow down the process of getting your product to market from the get-go. Outsourcing part or all of this stage may be an option to keep a handle on your project timeline.
Quality Assurance (QA) Testing
QA testing is a critical stage to a software application’s success. You’d be surprised to hear that many companies rush through this stage just to meet a release date; running into speedbumps, unforeseen road blocks and later on a loss of market share to the competition. This stage may be the longest stage of the cycle but essential to a product if you want dedicated customers. Make sure to choose a trustworthy team to handle your QA testing. There is no room for error.
Regression testing is completed post update, or after a patch has been added to a previously functioning software. Another critical component to the development process, testing complete functionality and experience of the revamped technology must be done to the highest degree of quality with the same attention to detail as initial testing.
Failing to meet industry standards and regulations is a surefire way to experience a major setback and delay for launching your new product. You should only put your trust in a team who will consciously develop and test a product with industry standards in mind. If your software is not compliant, it could be pulled from the market faster than it took to pitch the idea! Don’t fall into this dangerous pitfall, prevent it with the right preparation.
At Champ IT Solutions, we specialize in streamlining all stages of the SDLC. Any project on any budget, we work to accelerate your time-to-market with the highest quality solutions possible.