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  • 26 Jul 2022
  • Shyam Singh

The software development process for startups

Introduction

Startups need to develop software products to support business operating systems but at the same time, they must save money for other business endeavors. However, the caliber of the software products produced must be excellent.  If you are also thinking about web development and mobile app development please read the blog ultimately it will help you to understand the best software development methods and software engineering options to develop an excellent software product and expansion strategies so that gradually develop software and save money for other operations so without further ado let’s come to the point.

Modern software development methods

Although the agile methodology has been completed 20 years in the software development industry and still it is viably used in the industry so we can say it modern on the bases of its viable use so the statement is self-explanatory it is well tested and widely accepted. But the topic is not about agile methodologies so instead of explaining the agile methodology teams, process and tools let me share a simple definition and case study to connect it with the topic. 

Agile Methodology is a practice that promotes continuous iteration of software development and testing throughout the software development lifecycle of the website and mobile application project. It will be more clear by following the case study of food delivery mobile app development and here we are considering only the customer mobile app version.

In the first stage, the requirement analysis part comes that covers user stories that show a user's requirements to accomplish a specific task for example a user needs to browse food items to place an order. We can make a list of the user requirements such as a user's need to browse food items via categories, keyword search, cuisine type, place order, payment system, order tracking, etc. I am mentioning just the headings of the requirements I hope it is self-explanatory what I mean by order tracking requirements and so on.  These web or mobile application requirements can be divided into user stories and these user stories can be bundled into a package that we call epic. In the table columns represent epics.

The requirements can now be further categorized as must (essential requirements without which the app wouldn't function), should (intermediate requirements but crucial), would (it would be beneficial if certain features were included in the app), and could ( additional luxury).

We can choose product release features, continually integrate features, and improve the product based on the requirements prioritization. The initial software product release will include the must and should requirements, and later on, as the business grows, we can progressively add new features, which are a part of the should, would, or could need.

The approach is better explained in the table below.

Strong foundation: Software system analysis must start with thorough idea validation, software requirement documentation analysis, and feasibility analysis. An appropriate client-server architecture, data flow, required database type, database replication techniques, rest APIs, cache or messaging techniques, performance, fault & failure review, required scaling techniques, capacity estimation, etc. should all be considered when designing the software system. In essence, these are techniques in software engineering that increase the fault tolerance of software products and make them expendable for the integration of functional modules in the future.

Benefits of adopting the suggested strategy

In order to create a successful web or mobile application, software product owners must consider not only design and functionality but also user experience, market the software to the intended audience, control backend team operations to support web and mobile app users, and manage recursive expenses. This approach will assist you in performing all of the tasks listed above.

User acceptance testing: Now that our software product's initial release has been released,  Numerous users can try the software product, and if they encounter any problems, they can contact customer care with their feedback and a wishlist of items they would like to see added in the future. It would be beneficial to observe the product growth scale and improvise coding methods.

Marketing cost/ management: Only a fully functional software application can not bring in revenue and fully resolve an issue in the real world. It is quite simple to understand that even after the software product launch, it should at least reach the targeted audience so that they are aware of the type of solution available to use it. To achieve this, every business must engage in marketing, regardless of the strategy they use, whether it be advertising, inbound/outbound reach marketing, or something else entirely. Since marketing requires both money and time, the product owner can start early with a little budget and determine the best course for their marketing efforts, which, in my opinion, is a significant advantage. 

Backend team regulation: In most cases, the software product is an interface to reach the service provider and the service consumer for example if it is an E-learning application, in that case, there should be a backend team who organizes these classes, a marketing team, teachers and if talk about food delivery app before the end user comes into a role there should be admin, sub-admin for support, marketing team, food joints who deliver the food. So with the launch of the MVP product owner can regulate his team on real ground. Although product owners already have a team and most of the time such ideas implement with the support of the team. There is a huge difference between planning and practical implementation. So product owners can easily manage and regulated the uncovered issues until there would be a huge user base difficult to manage.

Server cost: Although costs for servers and other third parties are assessed at the system design phase under the headings of fault and failure, performance matrix, and capacity estimation. However, there are ways to scale the deployment and execution costs up or down, so that options can be explored at the early stage and a complete road map can be prepared to cover server cost expenses as well.

Conclusion: As an entrepreneur, you must first validate your idea later on you can progressively create a business around it. The suggested method will assist you in comprehending the software development process and cost savings to create software while simultaneously managing other business operations. By reading our blogs, you can learn about further technical specifications.

If you are doubtful about the software development process and would like to discuss your project with a professional, contact Digittrix and schedule a free consultation today.




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