As the hard work of a software development project comes to an end, there is one last hurdle that teams must jump to ensure a successful outcome: deployment. Strategic planning for a seamless transition is vital, but often overlooked. Nothing gets a client or teammate’s attention faster than finding errors in their production environment. Here is an overview of the repeatable five-step deployment procedure we use to bring a project into its final stage.
We’ve all seen charts of the software development lifecycle (SDLC). They often have a stage with a name such as “operate” or “maintain” that the development team will briefly mention in their enthusiasm to move on to the next stage: building new features. But the operational phase of the software development lifecycle is, in many ways, the most important; it’s where the rubber meets the road.
By making operability a priority for your software, you’re investing in a maintainable present and the data to build the future. Here are four steps effective software development teams take to ensure they get the operational phase right.
Many of us have experienced long-standing issues with a particular product component (ugh! that one checkout cart feature) or the product as a whole. If the product is customer-facing, this can have serious ramifications for your customers, company reputation, and profit margins. If the product is internal facing, it can impact workflows and employee efficiency.
Migrating legacy data to a new application can be intimidating. Your old data isn’t going to fit perfectly in your new model. By following the steps below, you can ensure a smooth transition to your new application and wave goodbye to the legacy structure that is weighing you down.
There’s an old saying among business leaders that also applies to software development teams: you need to work on your business, not in your business. The grind of daily work often leaves developers with little time to create more strategic and structural plans required to accomplish core business objectives. Without a focus on the foundation of your processes and practices, there is the risk of making all of that day-to-day work less effective than it could and should be.
Some dev teams have the flexibility to hire a specific person to focus on those structural, strategic issues. A small portion of them are able to stick to that division of labor, even in the face of immediate business needs, which is great. However, many teams benefit greatly from partnering with an outside software consultant to help them with the strategic analysis of the codebase, systems, and development practices. A consultant’s role is to help you find the best practices that make your processes and jobs more efficient and effective going forward.
Here are three ways a third-party code audit from an experienced software consultant can benefit your team in the long run.