5 Popular Myths About Software Product Development

5 Popular Myths About Software Product Development

Custom Development! Oh, that’s definitely a costly project to undertake. How often have you heard this? Its too tough to find the right developer, it is difficult to handle, etc. have almost become catchphrases often associated with software development. But, is software development that tough, how they have multitudes of companies invested and reaped benefits from it? Preconceptions, notions, and myths often hinder the path towards success and while it is tough to break the shackles it is always good to know what’s right and that’s just idle talk.

Software development is often considered an unapproachable solution for smaller companies, startups etc. But, with time things have changed, technology has changed and so has the software development process, which is why it is essential to debunk some popular myths about Software product development. Let’s take a look at the 5 most popular ones.

#Myth 1: It’s all About the Code

To understand this, you need to understand that software product development is a process that involves all the other characteristics of product development. Be it sourcing the right resources, having a project management team in place, getting the infrastructure ready or establishing a communication channel with the clients and more. While coding is the central or the core task, software product development can’t be successful without the other aspects and a team for the same in place.

And when we talk about the coding part itself, it is not always a logical approach. In many cases coding is more of a creative effort and hence, has its own set of challenges and hurdles.

#Myth 2: Estimation Can be Precise

What process does software development follow? It is usually Waterfall, Agile, Lean or Scrum/Kanban. With a defined process, the time, the resources and the budget shouldn’t ideally budge, right? But it isn’t so, while the methodologies itself are usually used interchangeably, software estimation itself is a difficult task and cannot be done concretely, there are always assumptions and hypothesis in the initial phase that only get answered as the project progresses.

Right from the size of the requested software to schedule for delivery, and many other variables that influence the project, the margin for change should always be considered and so the expectation to have a precise black and white estimate is a myth that needs to be changed.

#Myth 3: Qualified, Certified Developers Give better-faster Output

Though not anybody’s fault, there has always been the misconception that more degrees, more certificates make a professional better at his/her work. Yes, additional qualification adds credibility, but it is the actual work that judges a person’s capabilities and not the degree abbreviations that follow the name alone. This kind of approach doesn’t really work in the software field, as there are coding geniuses who are just high school graduates. The flair for coding makes them outstanding at what they do.

What makes the qualification criteria irrelevant is that:

  • It is easy to get a certificate
  • Certificates do not talk for the work
  • And talent is often overlooked here.

#Myth 4: Modification is A Piece of Cake

Just insert a code there, right? Ever played with Lego? You know how it works. To change the design means reconstruction unless it is just the top portion that requires rearrangement. It is the same with the software product. The change in one code often impacts the entire string and would need modifications at various places.

So, thinking about adding features later? Well, think again about the time it would take and not to mention the added budget. Coding isn’t a piece of cake and the more complex the software is the more intricate is the coding. Planning about most of the features right from the start is a good way to go about.

#Myth 5: The Project Ends with Product Release

If only that were true. You package it, wrap it and ship it off to the customers. Software development doesn’t end there if anything it is just the beginning. It is a continuous project. There’s user feedback that needs looking into, measuring results, implementing changes and fixing issues that may crop up (not that there isn’t enough testing done before the release but there are always unprecedented factors). The biggest follow-up in software development is the regular updates for the software so that it stays current, compatible to the user’s needs and has features that suit the target audience.

While these are the top picks, there are a few others that closely follow. Take for instance the myth that Software can be 100% bug-free and that integration with the latest technology is the best solution. The biggest myth of it all is that outsourcing wouldn’t give good results.

Yes, outsourcing has its pitfalls and at times managing an offshore team can be tough. But the following perks cannot be ignored:

  • Skilled team
  • Expertise and Experience
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Faster go-to-market.

Still wondering what could go wrong with Software product development? Confused about how to get started? The Knowzies tech team can answer your queries and assist you in the development process too. We are just a click away.

Author:
Lokesh has over 12 years of experience in the IT industry with demonstrated success and experience in new product initiatives, product management, solution consulting and business analysis. He has successfully built 4 products from ground up. “Champions take their chances and pressure is a privilege” is a motto with which he likes to approach everything in life. He also runs a food chain by the name of “The Egglicious Café” and can be found on weekends at the outlets experimenting with different dishes and interacting with customers. In case of any queries, you can reach to him on lokesh.kumar@knowzies.com.

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