Software development is not an exact science. There is no single way to build a successful product, just like there is no “right” approach to the process itself. Something that works for one team and one project won’t necessarily work as well with another. Mostly due to the lack of understanding of the process itself or a personal negative experience, software development has become surrounded by multiple stereotypes and myths.
So the team at Reach have decided to demystify MORE of the most popular software development myths to help you slough off the related prejudices once and for all.
Myth #7 – Software Development Testing Is Nice To Have But Not Essential
Some people believe that quality assurance testing and security testing is too costly and time-consuming and can be skipped. Or, they think that it can just fall under the purview of the software developers. In reality, QA and security testing requires a specialised skill set and shouldn’t fall by the wayside. It’s extraordinarily important to the overall development cycle. QA and security testers will not only catch bugs. They’ll also assess aspects of the software like usability and performance. Ultimately, the work they do will usually mean you’ll save money in the long run, because addressing problems after the product’s release will be far more expensive than correcting them during development.
Myth #8 – Users Will Automatically Know How To Use The Software
There is a typical misconception that all good software is instantly intuitive. Users should immediately know where to find all the functionality they need, and quickly learnt to master it. However, there is no universal way of creating software that is instantly grasped by every user. In many ways, there is a real benefit to having follow-up services, such as training and documentation. It will help the user to fully understand the application. In addition to providing an opportunity for the developers to learn from the user obstacles and questions, in order to make the software better and easier to use.
Myth #9 – There’s Always A ‘Magic Bullet’
Just like the old saying “A bad workman blames his tools” many people believe that they are missing some state-of-the-art tool which will solve all of the issues and produce magnificent results. When building high-quality software, the utmost importance should be directed to critical thinking, innovation, agility and skill set. Having the best, cutting edge technology is just the cherry on the cake.
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Myth #10 – Developers Don’t Understand Businesses Needs
This might of been the case in the infancy of software development. Today’s programming experts are highly trained and experienced. They have most likely worked on many types of business models throughout their career. They may have operated within companies like yours or even run their own businesses. The software world is process-based and, ultimately, so is any efficient business. It follows a logical flow. A modern programmer is focused on getting machines to do the hard work for you. As opposed to fawning over new technology just for its own sake.
Myth #11 -Software Development Can Be Completely Bug Free
While quality assurance and testing is a vital part of every software development project, there is no way to make sure every single bug or issue will be fixed before the release. There are many situations when flaws in an app can appear in a certain situation or when using a specific device, OS version, etc.
However, this doesn’t mean that QA is pointless. By conducting thorough testing, you will be able to find up to 99% of all bugs. As well as affirming that the app works as expected on the majority of devices and operating systems. Testing is an ongoing process and should be prepared to address any issues that may arise after release.
Myth #12 – Software Development Is Only Suitable For Large Businesses
False, with cutthroat competition its always best to have a card up your sleeve. An advantage that your competitors may not have. Software development truly has its own advantages and disadvantages whatever size company your are. Building bespoke software may be time-consuming to develop, require an initial investment, and even be complex to implement and operate, but it’s likely to definitely pay off in the long-term, provided it’s developed and implemented well.
With this post we hope we have covered all the myths and concerns regrading the software development process. Couldn’t find an answer to your query? Check out the first part of this blog post here.
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