Meeting Software Deadlines Avoiding Nightmares

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The custom software development companies would instantly agree that more often than not, meeting software development deadlines is the toughest task in a software project.

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Custom Software:

Custom Software

Some Alarming Statistics:

Some Alarming Statistics Hardly 2.5% of organizations globally manage to finish 100% of their projects. More than 30% of projects are devoid of baseline. In almost 75% of cases, key IT stakeholders are under the impression that the project will fail at one point or the other of the project. Generally 40% of respondents feel that their business objectives were unclear. With smaller projects, there is a 70% chance of timely completion in the agreed cost

Challenges in Meeting Custom Software Delivery & Implementation Deadlines:

Challenges in Meeting Custom Software Delivery & Implementation Deadlines

Constantly Changing Requirements:

Constantly Changing Requirements

Complex Integration into Existing Software:

Complex Integration into Existing Software Customized deployment may be required for final integration with rest of the IT environment QA testing may not have considered live production integration challenges, resulting in schedule lag

“The nightmares that the deadlines give are not without its reasons. The challenges for custom software solutions are huge and require acumen and maturity to be tackled”:

“The nightmares that the deadlines give are not without its reasons. The challenges for custom software solutions are huge and require acumen and maturity to be tackled”

Dependencies on Different Teams:

Dependencies on Different Teams In Customized software delivery, a team is just waiting for another team’s work to finish before proceeding with final implementation Based on the complexity of customization, a particular dependency may cause re-coding in another part of the application The end result would be schedule lag along with cost considerations to resolve all dependencies

Procrastination:

Procrastination It is observed that developers try and complete the easy projects first while customized software requirements are stuck in the pipeline

The Top Few Approaches to Meet the Deadlines:

The Top Few Approaches to Meet the Deadlines

Risk Identification:

Risk Identification It is vital for project managers & key IT stakeholders to consider every project risk minutely that can possibly hamper delivery schedule The project executives and key folks driving the requirement need to understand that risks are not just operational, they could have a profound impact at strategic levels Appropriate identification of mitigation or contingency plans for each risk will ensure that deadlines are not missed

Realistic Estimations:

Realistic Estimations Attributes like enthusiasm & optimism need to have a check while estimating software delivery timelines Accurate estimations with a 360 degree consideration of each and every aspect that could hamper project schedule

Effective Collaboration:

Effective Collaboration Regular connects with the team are required to identify any blockers and ensure that they are removed in a timely fashion Developers need to talk to QA, requirement owners and other groups involved with final integration Issue escalation at the right stage is also essential to ensure deadlines are not missed and troubling factors are effectively addressed Knowledge sharing is also part of team collaboration and is the responsibility of the manager in charge of software delivery & implementation

“And of course, no point in shying away from the challenges. Well thought of approaches adopted by custom software development companies keep a project on track assuring that things go the way they are expected to”:

“And of course, no point in shying away from the challenges. Well thought of approaches adopted by custom software development companies keep a project on track assuring that things go the way they are expected to”

Modular Approach:

Modular Approach Adopting a modular approach that involves work division among the right team or groups is essential for project success

Resourcing:

Resourcing To meet deadlines, it is essential that the right resources are identified before the actual project commencement

Metrics & Tracking:

Metrics & Tracking For all IT projects including software development, periodic metrics reporting and tracking is of vital importance Metrics such as cost overrun, schedule slippage, bugs detected, on time delivery become reliable pointers and indicate the health of the project

Practical Project Execution Methodologies:

Practical Project Execution Methodologies

DevOPS:

DevOPS It is all about syncing “development” & “operations” Teams that are already supporting the live environment work in close collaboration with teams that are introducing changes or developing This leads to improved monitoring, faster bug fixing and overall reduction in delivery deadlines

“Modern day project & service delivery solutions adopted by custom software development companies come up with practical approaches to keep the project timelines under check all the time.”:

“Modern day project & service delivery solutions adopted by custom software development companies come up with practical approaches to keep the project timelines under check all the time.”

Agile & Continual Release Planning:

Agile & Continual Release Planning Agile way of working will surely help reduce schedule lag and it relies on continual planning & course correction Agile has higher scope of accommodating revisions compared to routine software delivery There are tools available in the market that support continual releases right from Development to QA testing

Case Study – Greeting in the Fast Lane:

Case Study – Greeting in the Fast Lane

The Team and Tool Scenario:

The Team and Tool Scenario Consider the case study of a global greeting card manufacturer The organization generates thousands of new as well as redesigned greeting cards on a yearly basis The technical team was stuck in a major transformation project and were facing a huge number of problems in meeting deadlines for solutions The organization adopted an application performance monitoring tool that keep track of development environment and keep replacing multiple underperforming tools. The tool aided significantly in troubleshooting when a particular error was generated and could plot correlations with other components The tool enables the team to pinpoint the root cause of high priority issues and guide the developers where to begin investigation, while removing roadblocks

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