Nobody wants to invest a large amount of money in a project, only to see their investment go down the drain because they made the wrong decision. There’s a lot of potential risks in software development, but by knowing what they are it’s possible to avoid them.
1. Software developers who are not technically equipped to see your project through:
It’s tempting for less experienced software developers to make big promises and say they can follow through on your project when really they can’t. To give them the benefit of the doubt, they’re probably not even being dishonest. It’s easy to think a software development project is going to be straightforward at the outset, because a lot of the intricacies of your requirements won’t surface until later.
Do detailed checks and make sure that your software development company have completed plenty of projects like yours before – and make sure they ended up with happy customers!
2. Not getting clear enough on your requirements before starting to build
Many software development projects have failed because of insufficient project scoping before the project began. This can lead to the build becoming complicated and unwieldy and can create conflicts too. You need to work with a software development company who are experts at finding out the details of what you need and documenting it before they begin. A clear written agreement on the scope of the project is essential for everyone involved.
3. You could be the weakest link
One of the biggest risks in software development is that you don’t realise how much of your time, energy and money will be required to complete the project successfully. Maybe you’re very busy and you’re hoping that by commissioning some software you can save time? This is probably true, but before you get to that point you need to complete the software development process and this is likely to require a significant commitment from you. Whether it’s for requirement gathering, testing, creating content or internal project management – you really need to make time available. If you don’t then your money will go to waste and your software will never actually complete – the software development company can’t do it without your input.