No two software products are the same, but truly successful projects have a similar set of ingredients or technologies that lead them to the point they are. We’ve prepared a list of most prominent and significant elements to follow to create a successful product.
Scope and deadlines are set and defined before development starts.
During complex projects team members often can’t see the forest through the trees, so it’s critical before the project’s kick-off to make sure that all the stakeholders, clients and related parties know the exact amount of work that needs to be done and that they are aware of deadlines.
Sponsors and project leads are determined at the earliest time.
It’s highly recommended that the clients should identify the project lead and sponsor during initial implementation meetings. It will help then to understand who will be decision makers and who owns the engagement.
The schedule of work is clear and realistic.
Be realistic when it comes to schedule as overworked and tired team members can’t simply do something really worthy. It’s also preferable to let stakeholders and clients know when additional budget or resources can be needed to meet the deadline.
The right development process is chosen.
For sure, the choice of the development life-cycle is inseparably connected with the process adopted. Be it the agile methodology, the waterfall model or an iterative approach they all proved to be effective in achieving success. Selecting the one that suits you most is one of the key moment in the project planning.
Team members work well together and have relevant skills.
It’s vital that the team not only collaborate in an effective manner but also enjoy working with each other as it will definitely help in critical situations. Taping resources correctly also allows to arrange them in the best way when the going gets tough.
Customer is involved in management.
Close cooperation with clients in project management not only keeps the latter informed and engaged in the development process. It prompts being honest with the customer about his money spending and show him your appreciation of his management skills.
Project management software is used.
Spreadsheets and documents are not as reliable as proven project management software. Pay your attention to Jira which has a variety of features that help to keep development process and progress on track.
Make sure that you’re ready for changes.
Few projects are done in the initially planned way. Requirements can change during development or deployment. It’s not about resisting the update; it’s about applying it without impacting the existing functionality. Have a look at some Change Control Board instruments – they will aid to manage changes.
Define parameters for success.
Parameterization for measuring success and its approval by the customer are extremely important in matching performance against the defined targets. There’re several parameters widely used: SLA (Service Level Agreement) and CMM (Capability Maturity Model) and some others. Just choose the most suitable one.
Use previous experience and expertise.
Improvement should be a continuous process integrated into the very core and culture of software development cycle and the company as a whole. Keep in mind your best practices that proved useful and don’t be afraid to implement them in future.
There isn’t any ultimate list of ingredients that would guarantee project success. Projects vary, bumps happen and risks always exist. Here’re 10 common components of a successful project, but if you’re about launching your own project and seeking for a consultation on its management we’ll be glad to assist you with that and to offer our rich experience in this field.
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