As we have noted on our blog in the past, custom software development can sometimes go horribly wrong. Some projects start out as great ideas, but end up being expensive, time-consuming, or ultimately a huge waste of effort and money.
There are a lot of reasons a custom software project might go wrong, of course, but one frequent cause of failure has to do with shifting focus. That is, a client sets out to accomplish one thing, and then lets their attention drift to other (sometimes competing) ideas and priorities as development moves on.
It shouldn’t be surprising that a programming job can go off the rails under those circumstances. If you set out to bake a cake and then ended up craving tacos, the end result wouldn’t be pretty. The same thing happens when you’re trying to code a new application. If you change course in the middle of the job, you’ll either have to start over or end up with something that doesn’t really fit any specific purpose.
With that in mind, let’s look at a few ways you can maintain your focus during the software development process…
Start With a Big Idea
Ideally, you should be able to explain the core idea behind your custom software project in a single phrase. If you can’t boil your inspiration down to a simple thought, there’s a much higher chance your idea will move in a lot of different directions. To avoid project drift, try to narrow your thinking to saving money, reducing paperwork, increasing sales, or some other tangible task from the start.
Focus on What’s Important
After you have a firm idea of what you’re trying to accomplish, you should be able to decide which aspects or features of the project will have the biggest impact. Even if it’s just a bulleted list, see if you can come up with a few thoughts on critical features that need to be implemented. Then, you can share the benefits or functions that will make or break your application with your development partner.
Don’t Make Sudden Changes
At some point in the programming process, it’s likely you’ll hear a recommendation, or see something you like, that will get you thinking about instituting new ideas or directions. Ask yourself whether these changes are really necessary, and how much they’ll add to the finished product. If you decide they’re worth the additional time and money you can move ahead, but you shouldn’t make these decisions lightly.
Follow a Proven Model for Success
The initial version of your custom application doesn’t have to be the final one. In fact, you might want to meet with your custom software programming partner at set intervals after its release to make revisions or improvements. Knowing that, you shouldn’t feel as if everything has to be perfect from the start. Focus on getting a core version of your software that does what you want to and then add to that as you go.
The First Step Towards Successful Custom Software Development
If you’re serious about saving money, increasing sales, or hitting another hard goal with your custom software development project, you need the right vendor on your side. Call the expert team at WebRevelation – based in San Antonio and Oklahoma City – today to see exactly what we’ve been able to accomplish for other businesses just like yours!