August 8, 2023
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Endless Development? Find the Right Development Partner

Stuck in an Endless Development Process? Learn Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It.
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Stuck in an Endless Development Process?

Here’s Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It

  • Experiencing the frustration of a development process that seems to be going nowhere?
  • Despite your initial expectations, the project may not be delivering the improvements or basics you had hoped for?
  • Are you unsure of what is going wrong, how long it will take to complete, or even if it will ever be finished?
  • Have you ever wondered why this happens and how you can avoid it?

Here we explore common situations that can cause a development process to get stuck, and provide steps to avoid them. We emphasize the importance of finding the right partner for your project; someone who understands your needs, aligns with your company's values, and shares your commitment to success.

Why It Happens

There are several reasons why a development project may encounter obstacles or may not be completed. We will examine a few scenarios below.

  • Lack of clarity in defining the project's scope and objectives

Ambiguity in defining a project's scope and objectives can lead to miscommunication, misunderstandings, and unrealistic expectations. This can result in experienced delays, rework, or complete failure in delivering the project on time and within budget.

  • Outdated or unsuitable technology

Using outdated or unsuitable technology can severely limit a project's potential and impede its progress. A leader faced with this issue must consider the technical debt, high maintenance costs, and difficulties in integrating new features that may arise. According to a report by the Standish Group, a significant 45% of software features are never used, resulting in a considerable financial loss.

  • Inadequate resources

Funding, manpower, and expertise, can delay or halt a project's progress.

Insufficient resources can lead to delays, low-quality deliverables, and reduced project scope, causing the project to take longer and cost more. According to a survey by the Project Management Institute, 23% of projects fail due to a lack of resources.

  • Lack of accountability or ownership

A lack of accountability or ownership can lead to confusion and chaos, with no one taking responsibility for the project's success or failure. According to the same survey, 27% of projects fail due to a lack of clear responsibility and ownership.

  • Lack of effective communication between stakeholders

Effective communication is crucial for any organization, and a lack of it can lead to several issues such as misunderstandings, delays, and mistakes. Without clear communication channels and feedback mechanisms, it can be challenging to keep everyone on the same page and address issues proactively. In order to ensure effective communication, it is important to establish regular meetings, open communication channels, and feedback mechanisms. This will help to build trust and transparency among stakeholders and ensure that everyone is working towards the same goals. Additionally, it is important to ensure that communication is timely, clear, and concise. By doing so, everyone can stay informed and make informed decisions based on accurate information.

  • Insufficient testing and quality assurance

One of the main challenges in software development is ensuring sufficient testing and quality assurance. When this is not done properly, it can lead to significant delays and setbacks. Bugs and other issues may only be discovered after the project's completion, which can lead to costly and time-consuming fixes. To prevent this, it's important to have a thorough testing and quality assurance process in place from the beginning of the project. This may involve automated testing tools, manual testing by human testers, or a combination of both. Additionally, it's important to have a clear understanding of the project's requirements and to involve stakeholders in the testing process to ensure that all aspects of the project are thoroughly tested and meet the needs of the end users.

Choosing the Right Partner

Choosing the right partner for your development project is crucial. You need someone who understands your needs, aligns with your company's values, and shares your commitment to success. We discuss this in more detail in our blog post "7 Things to Consider When Hiring an App Development Agency.”

Taking Action

If you find yourself in a situation where your development project seems to be going nowhere, it is essential to take action quickly. The longer you wait, the more challenging it can be to correct the course and get back on track. The first step is to identify the root cause of the problem. This may require an honest assessment of your project's goals, resources, and potential obstacles. Once you have identified the problem, it is essential to work with a partner who can help you overcome it, probably an outside, unbiased eye to assess the project as well. With as your partner, you can be confident that you are working with experts who have the skills and experience needed to deliver the results you need.

The outcome of Investment

The outcome of an investment in an app development project can vary based on several factors, including: goals achieved, processes automated, targeting the appropriate audience, improving the quality, meeting market demand, competing effectively.

According to Shoreline Asset and Wealth Management Consulting, their expected outcome was a significant operational uplift of the investment management and operational due diligence process. In this case, the engagement was to identify a preferred technology solution and develop workflows that fully automated the complete IDD/ODD process, resulting in increased efficiency and improved outcomes.

The outcomes are the results achieved, such as making progress toward the achievement of a goal. In the case of an app developed for internal use, the expected outcome could be increased efficiency, reduced workload, improved accuracy, cost savings, or better decision-making, among others. The expected outcomes should be identified and stated clearly in the project proposal.

For a customer paid app can be a great user experience which most likely will result in a positive return on investment (ROI), which means that the revenue generated from the app should be greater than the investment made in its development. A successful app can generate significant revenue through various monetization strategies such as in-app purchases, subscriptions, advertisements, or a combination of these.

In conclusion, the expected outcomes of an investment in an app developed can vary depending on the specific goals and objectives of the project. However, some potential outcomes include increased efficiency, improved accuracy, cost savings, best user experience, and better decision-making. It is essential to identify the expected outcomes and state them clearly in the project proposal.


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