Steps of planning a software development project
For maximum potential, planning a software development project should go as follows:
Outline requirements, needs, and goals
Before any design or development can begin, the development team needs to establish why they are making a certain product. Any tech product should be the solution to a certain client or user base’s problem, with a direct focus on how it solves that problem.
At the very beginning of the planning stage, we need to outline the requirements of the desired end product, the needs of the client and their users, and the overall goals for the project. These aspects should then form the foundational pillars of any work that is done from this point going forward.
Specify scope and budget
The size, scope, and budget of software development projects will vary. To ensure that any work done stays within the right parameters, we need to explicitly establish what those parameters are. Going outside of scope and budget can cause a range of problems for the development team, their client, and external stakeholders. Knowing the boundaries beforehand and stating them explicitly helps to avoid any pitfalls further down the line.
Pick a methodology
There are different software development methodologies available for a software development company to choose from. Some teams will choose an Agile approach, others will have a DevOps foundation. What methodology is chosen will determine different factors and choices across the project, including timeframes, roles within the team, and how stages of the SDLC are handled. Before going any further, the chosen methodology needs to be outlined.
Establish a collaborative timeline
To keep everyone on the same page, including the development team, client, and stakeholders, a collaborative timeline should be established. How this is done will depend on the methodology chosen. There could be a timeline for certain stages, iterations, or sprints, depending on the modus operandi of the team. The most important thing is that whatever way the timeline is established, everyone involved is equally aware of it.