Dream it, then do it

Posted 19 NovemberTagged software, software design

Transform your biggest ideas into great software!

The great thing about software, is that pretty much anything you can think of is either achievable already, or can be.

So when you are dreaming about creating your new app or software application, don’t worry about whether it’s going to be possible or not, just focus on what you are trying to achieve – let your chosen software development company worry about the rest!

I have worked with a lot of clients that have thrown out ideas because they either didn’t think it was possible, is too complicated, would cost too much, are constrained by their own knowledge and so limit their idea in the first place, and so on. I’ve even done it myself more times than I can count.

But when you have a great team at your back (whether that be internal or external), pitching your idea to them can actually be an exciting concept – especially when they themselves contribute and come up with things that enhance your offering even further.

There are just 4 key things that you need in order to get the most out of your pitch, and to start turning your dream into a reality:

  1. Learn to talk the language – having worked with designers, developers and systems architects for years, each have their own way of working, speaking and understanding, so either find someone that can essentially be your translator, or do some research! You will all need to be on the same page, if you are all going to deliver a great end product, and one person’s understanding of what you are asking, could differ to some else’s.
  2. Create a detailed specification of what you are wanting to achieve for your software – as once complete, you will be asking your designer to flesh it out with visuals and prototypes, a developer to detail how it’s going to be built, and your architect to make sure it can be hosted on the right environment to make it accessible to your end users / customers.
  3. Create a plan for execution and delivery – which will impart be impacted by how long your software will actually take to build, but you can help shape this and make it as productive and efficient as possible. I like to plan in sprints, so that you have continuous delivery broken down into 2 weeks sprints that are defined by the whole team, to ensure buy in and reduce scope creep.
  4. Review, review and review again! The last thing that you want is to get to the end of your project and to have ended up with a piece of software that doesn’t even come close to the dream that you had originally started out with. So review at each stage, and don’t be afraid to comment, query, check, suggest and so on – there are no stupid questions.

Now most development companies will do the majority of the above for you, managing the process from beginning to end, but when it’s your dream, your vision, your time and money, then you want it to be right.

I have seen so many projects that have begun so well and with such high expectations, but have ended in disappointed and spiralling costs. So select your chosen team, whether that be internal or external, really carefully – you want them be a partner, a friend, someone who shares the same vision as you, that will help you through the ins and outs of successful software development.

So once you’ve dreamed it, then do it – but select the right team to do it with you!

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