Designing and building software can be a time-consuming process. It is important to engage in the right activities at every stage to value the product you build for you and your customers.
To build or design a high-quality enterprise application or software, one must be engaged in the right activities from the very beginning. So, one must take care of the following things to ensure speed and quality:
1) Specifications (Includes Scope Definition, Feature Prioritization,Documentation – Business Requirements Document (BRD), Functional Requirements Document(FRD),High-level design)
2) Build/Architecture (Includes Testing Strategy, Release Strategy, Development Methodology)
3) Quality Assurance(Includes QA Lead, QA Team/Resources, QA Tools)
4) Collaboration (Includes Legal Contracts, Onsite Customer Relationship Management(CRM))
5) Project Plan and Delivery Approach (Includes Milestones/Deadlines/Estimations, Dependencies)
While designing and building software, it’s very important to engage in the right activities at every stage. It is important to maintain uniformity among the different stages of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
Enterprise design can help you in incorporating uniformity among different stages of SDLC.
Business case design:
It’s very important to identify the real issues, including the need for business case design. Without it, you cannot come up with a solution.
It is necessary to have clarity on the requirements of your project before starting any development activity. This will ensure that whatever you are building is required by your customer/business.
Scope definition is one of the key activities in building software. Different entities like customers, product owners, and stakeholders play an important role in defining scope.
It also helps you identify the third-party application that will be used for integration with your product. Scope definition helps you come up with complete requirements documents (BRD, Functional Requirements Document (FRD), High-level design).
It’s very important to prioritize business needs so that developers can focus on what matters most for the customer/business.
This activity ensures that nothing is left out and captured before starting the implementation phase. Feature prioritization identifies enterprise challenges and which feature doesn’t add value to our solution at this point.
The best way to engage all involved in a project and ensure that their requirements are met is through proper documentation.
It ensures that all stakeholders and customers know what has been done and how it will be implemented for them.
Documentation helps avoid future issues by providing complete knowledge about the product/enterprise application to your developer team and customers/stakeholders.
This includes identifying modules, actions supported by the module, dependencies between modules, business data model (entity relationship diagram), etc.; the high-level design provides detailed information about your product/application so that the development team can implement the solution without any confusion.
Writing good high-level design requires lots of effort and clarity on the solution’s requirements.
It’s an important activity in the software development life cycle (SDLC). The strategy helps you identify what kind of test cases will be executed and who will execute them during each stage of SDLC.
For example, while building a web application, functional testing is done by the QA team, whereas developers execute performance testing during the implementation phase.
It also helps in deciding where automation can add value to your project. In short, it ensures that quality requirements are met even before starting the implementation phase.
This process is to make sure that a smooth transition from the ideation/requirement gathering stage to the build/development and final release of the product so that customers/stakeholders can reap benefits from it.
Release management also ensures that your projects are released on time and resources are utilized properly.
Support & maintenance:
In the Software industry, support is as important as development. It helps in ensuring customer satisfaction with the solution/product you build and meeting business expectations through product upgrades.
With proper support and maintenance, customers/businesses will feel confident about your solution, resulting in more business for your company.