As a business, your aim is always going to be to maximize what you have. When it comes to software development, this means getting the best quality for as little expenditure as possible.
But how do you save money on a software development project? After all, even the slightest delay can cause costs to spiral out of control. Here are a few tips.
Work With the Right People
It should be obvious, but so many companies plough into development projects without really researching their development partners. Just because a company offers something at a low price, doesn’t mean you won’t end up spending more later to fix their mistakes. During your search, focus on the company’s previous projects and what clients are saying about them. Don’t just plump for the one with the lowest figure unless you’re sure to deliver.
Your Wish List
Going into a software development project with a plan is great. Going into it with a laundry list of features that stretches far beyond your budget isn’t. The best plan is to list everything you want, confer with your developer, and then prioritize what you really need. The extras can come later, especially if you employ the Agile development method, so focus on ensuring the software has what it needs initially.
Choose the Right Tools
If you don’t have the right tools for the job your development efforts will suffer. Again, this comes down to careful planning in the early stages of the project. By knowing what you need you can ensure developers have everything required to deliver towards the specification. Recognize the limitations of the tools you are considering. If they don’t offer what you need, find ones that do. Finding out later will only cause more hassle as development continues.
Get Corporate Buy-In
Not everybody involved in a software development project is the head of a business. You may oversee a department that needs the software, meaning you have to convince a lot of stakeholders that it is important. Without buy-in from upper management, a software project carries a lot of extra risks. Indecision may run rife and you will have to deal with pushback against some of your ideas. Avoid this by making clear what you aim to achieve and how you hope to do it. Make sure everybody backs the plan before you put it into action.
Every change you make to an ongoing software development project adds to the cost. Even when employing the Agile method, too many changes forces delays. Change happens. It’s a part of almost every software development project. Just make sure that the changes you have to implement are really required.
Have A Vision
We conclude with the most important question you need to ask: what will the software achieve? If you can’t answer this simple question, you aren’t ready to begin a development project. Every aspect of software development hinges on creating a product that achieves a goal. Whether it’s improving efficiency of a business process or getting a product out to customers, that goal needs to be clear before any work can begin.