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Getting Started with Software Development: What you Need to Know

Pratham MittalPratham Mittal

If this is the first time you’re outsourcing software development, there’s bound to be some nervous reflection on the success of your project. However, now that you’ve identified where you’re going to outsource to and even selected a reliable developer, it’s time to get started with the actual development process. 

Here are a few things you will need before you can give the project a green sign:

  • The initial scope clearly laid out in the form of mockups or wireframes
  • A mutally agreed pricing structure.
  • The project divided into iterations, starting with the one’s you’re most certain about.
  • User stories and modules written down with deadlines and assignments.

As is usual with software development and agile technology, you are bound to run into a lot of jargon. These would be among the more common ones that developers use:

  • Requirements Churn: A change in scope or features that is introduced while the development is underway.
  • Sprint: A pre-defined time period in which specific tasks or work is completed and made ready for review.
  • Product backlog: A list of all the features and functionalities (along with short descriptions) that are desirable in a product, but are not being built in the current iteration or version.
  • Refactoring: The process of revising and simplifying the design of existing code without affecting its behavior.
  • Technical debt: A metaphor to describe the extra development work you have to do when you use easy-to-implement code to get by in the short run instead of building the best solution.

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It’s now time to kickstart your project and see it to the end. We wish you all the best and hope you don’t hit any roadblocks on the way. If you need any help in this regard, consider downloading our Ebook Outsourcing 101. It’s a comprehensive guide on all things related to software development and extremely valuable for first timers. Check it out!

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Pratham Mittal is a Co-Founder at VenturePact and an angel Investor to B2B tech start-ups. He is passionate about globalization, outsourcing, and technology.