It would indeed be utterly surprising to onboard a client who doesn’t care much about development speed and delivery timeline. If you have someone like that, never let them go!
Every market segment is witnessing increased competitiveness with each passing day and hence existing players and new entrants, all are always under pressure to improve their “time to market”, in most cases to safeguard the status quo and in few to grab an increased share of the pie.
The sad part is only a capable few teams are able to handle such demands and expectations of task loads and tight deadlines. Hence resource burnouts, high turnovers are for real for any software development firm. This is not sustainable and needs to be addressed as client expectations are not going away.
Let’s have a look at two sets of factors, first that determine development speed and second which helps companies improve this speed.
What's Covered Below?
- Major Variables Affecting Software Development Speed
- Complexities of Development Cycle
- Size of Team
- Code Quality Dilemma
- The Very “Human” Factor
- The “No Compromise” way to Improve Software Development Speed
- Embrace LEAN Approach
- Crisp Development Plans & Requirements
- Don’t Reinvent the Wheel
- Technical Debt Avoidance
- “Automation” to your Rescue
Major Variables Affecting Software Development Speed
Below are a few of the major factors at play irrespective of project type and size:
Complexities of Development Cycle
Things like unrealistic deadlines, unclear requirements, complex architecture, poor support from third parties integrations, team frictions, and poor structural alignment make the situation complex.
Size of Team
Communication, alignment of thoughts, working with the common ground are factors for smooth working. The more the number of resources, the difficult it is to come to a resolution. It’s recommended that 5 members team works best but team member counts are hardly a controllable factor.
Code Quality Dilemma
Quality Vs Speed, it’s always a dilemma and difficult to solve. If you cut corners, the more error-prone your code becomes, the more support you have to give. The better the code, the more time it consumes and hence delayed delivery time.
The Very “Human” Factor
Experience, skills, attitude, individual contribution, the motivation of team members are crucial to successful delivery. Poor distribution of these factors would result in disagreement, unalignment, and conflicts resulting in delays.
The “No Compromise” way to Improve Software Development Speed
One can’t compromise on acceptable quality, delivery timeline and overall resources well being, then how do we meet these speed challenges? Let’s have a look at some factors that can be tuned:
Embrace LEAN Approach
AGILE is the way. Make small increments, get early customer feedback, optimize approach accordingly. It results in time and resource-saving, waste reduction, removal of the non-critical scope of work, ensuring we are moving quickly and efficiently.
Crisp Development Plans & Requirements
Work on having crips requirements and goals have a clear vision and roadmap in place before starting development. This avoids later conflicts, detours, and hundreds of hours of discussions. Not that it solves 100% of problems but takes care of the majority of them proactively.
Don’t Reinvent the Wheel
A lot of clients’ requirements across projects would be standard in nature and the process and flow around them need to evolve with time. Do we want to spend time and resources working on these each time? The smart way would be to make use of services and APIs that offer these features with simple integration.
For example, Twilio’s REST APIs, Canva’s API, Abstract APIs, SendGrid’s Web API – they all give tons of standard and common features with simple integration. This way it saves more than 95% of development time and the cost would be directly proportional to usage. Plus it’s always up to date, thereby saving up-gradation cost as well
Technical Debt Avoidance
To save time, don’t use redundant codes, either make use of custom coding to go for top class APIs on offer. Technical debt can be painful in the future in terms of debugging, optimizing them for future needs. Something which is not the core of the application can be supplemented with service APIs, yet avoiding technical debts and meeting timelines.
“Automation” to your Rescue
While all development automation is still a futuristic thing, testing as an area can be completely relied upon. Any component development, small or large is accompanied by a testing cycle and this is overwhelming at times. Getting automation testing embedded saves tons of hours and QA lops, saving time and money, moreover, you can get specialized Agile certification to follow the way.
Let us know which of these ways do you employ to ensure meeting your client’s timeline expectations. What has worked and not worked for you?