Developing a new product can be long and tedious, and snags can happen. If your company is having consistent issues, however, it's probably time to break down each step of the coding process. Here are the seven steps of system development and suggestions for improving each one.
The planning phase is when developers envision a new project. It's critical to plan before jumping right in, as it gives your coding team the chance to pinpoint any drawbacks or problems with existing systems while looking for ways to create improvements.
If your team isn't spending enough (or any) time in the planning stage, take the occasion to outline your development schedule. This step will help you build a timeline, uncover potential bugs and nail down project resources and funding.
Once you've completed planning, it's time to move to project analysis. This stage is when you assemble some specific elements. Creating a software requirement specification document can be helpful. It should include the necessary hardware, software and networking specs.
In the design stage, developers convert the SRS document created in the analysis stage into a more detailed and workable structure that they will convert into a programming language. System interfaces, user interfaces, databases and network requirements are mapped out in this stage.
If your design stage has fallen short in the past, try focusing on these critical areas:
Once you've reached the development stage, it's time to write code and create the application. If your planning, analysis and designing steps were thorough and successful, the development stage should go smoothly.
Improving the development stage can include a few key steps:
The testing stage marks the end of development and design. Your product is no longer an abstract concept — it is a product. Now it's time to ensure it performs as expected.
Developers need to go over the project in fine detail. Deficiencies must be uncovered at this stage and noted so that they can make improvements.
If the testing stage has been a challenge for your team, it may relate directly to the complexity of the project or the end-user's requirements. Every project is unique, and developing something new comes with its own challenges. However, if this stage is a consistent hurdle, consider testing throughout the development cycle so that you aren't hit with any surprises in the final testing stage.
This stage is when all the parts come together. Developers integrate the individual models and designs into the source code. If everything runs smoothly, you're ready for your product to go live. If this stage is a routine problem, it may be because you have missed a step in one of the previous stages.
Maintenance begins once the product is in use. You may have unaddressed bugs or new issues that crop up in real-time use. Depending on the product's scale, this stage can vary in difficulty. Ensuring you have a dedicated, responsive team with a customer-service mindset is the best way to succeed in this stage.
When it comes to improving your coding process, attention to detail is the name of the game. Don't be afraid to step back and evaluate each step to see where you can make process improvements.
Publish Date: September 18, 2021 1:31 PM