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    Custom Software Solutions - Initial Development

    James Nagy - 3696 Article rating: No rating

    We’re nearing the end with Initial Development.  This is the step that most organizations want to jump right into when they have an idea for a custom software application. It can start one of several ways. Sometimes someone has a great idea and they write some code to show it off and now management thinks this can be a product that they are selling next week. Or it can start by an inexperienced product manager thinking that they can skip all the above steps and that if they have someone start coding they can make changes as they go. (Think trying to move the bathroom in your house to another location…) Most commonly, people underestimate the level of effort that it takes to build a software application. I like to say that if it were that easy then everyone would have successful software applications. But, I have seen so many organizations start and fail building custom software applications because they just don’t know the right way to do it. Getting a successful software application into the marketplace isn’t easy and working the process takes time, money and the right resources.

    Custom Software Solutions - Initial Designs

    James Nagy - 3189 Article rating: No rating

    You have conceptualized an idea, you then prototyped it and received feedback. You completed a detailed wireframe and the concept is beginning to gel.  Now you are ready to begin designing your software application. So, why can’t you just start here? You have a great idea and why waste all that time going through prototyping and wireframe design when I can just get into the process and do something that won’t be thrown away at the end. Well you could, and believe me a lot of individuals and companies do just that. With rapid application development tools and slick agile software development methodologies you think you could just skip ahead and jump right into software application design.

    Custom Software Solutions - Wireframes

    James Nagy - 3676 Article rating: No rating

    It is now on to my favorite phase in the process –wireframes. This is where things begin to take shape and you can start to see what, whatever it is that you are building, is going to look like. I like to use analogies, so picture this if you will: Think of a wireframe design just like walking through the new house you are having built when just the studs are up. You can begin to see room designs, layouts, sizes, etc. In your new home, you begin to see navigation –this is what I will see from the front door, this is what the view from the kitchen will be, this is how many steps from the master bed room to the nursery that it really is. Prototypes only get you so far, like new home blueprints, but wireframes really give the project some life.

    Custom Software Solutions - Prototyping

    James Nagy - 3448 Article rating: No rating

    The next step in developing custom software applications, following the requirements / initial engagement phase, is prototyping. I have been involved in prototyping sessions that have lasted anywhere from a half day session of single concepts to many month marathon sessions fleshing out complex concepts from user login to backend reporting processes. This is neither a phase that should be ignored nor a place to trim some cost and time out of a project. The better and more complete your prototype is the easier it will be downstream when you get to development.

    Custom Software Solutions: Requirements / Initial Engagement

    James Nagy - 4679 Article rating: No rating

    The steps involved in developing Custom Software Solutions are lengthy, but completely beneficial to you.  If you’ve been following along in this series, welcome back.  If you’re just joining the discussion, feel free to take a peek back: here at the start of this series of articles.  The first of the SDLC steps that work in creating your custom software / application is: Requirements / Initial Engagement.

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