Speed of development is essential for a faster time-to-market. Companies are under pressure to launch products quickly to satisfy customers and maintain a strong market position. However, improving productivity must never compromise quality. With a few good practices you can ensure a healthy balance of speed and quality to accelerate software product development.
In our blog Speed Up Software Development, we cover a few good practices that can help accelerate software development. Here are a few more tips to improve speed and productivity, to get your product out the door faster.
It is imperative to start testing early and continue it at regular intervals because it takes far less time, effort and expense to fix an error early in the software development process. Automated tools for testing are less expensive and much faster than manual methods. They provide in-depth analysis while boosting productivity and efficiency. In addition, it enables parallel testing where multiple test cases can be run on different browsers and operating systems at the same time.
The cost of fixing an error goes up exponentially over the course of the software development lifecycle. Implementing a clear policy for testing with automated tools eliminates this risk, saving you money and reducing your overall cost of development. Your product gets developed faster with quality assured through periodic testing. When testing is manual and only occurs at later stages, it slows down your project and bugs take longer to fix.
Get Rid of Unused Code
You must remove dead or unused code as it can cause significant problems down the road if you leave it in your application. When dead code that serves no real purpose is executed, it is a waste of computation time and memory. It slows down builds and reduces productivity. It is essential to know which code is being used and which code is left unutilized, to remove dead code. When new developers join an existing project, they can unknowingly make changes that lead to serious errors due to this unused code. Code cleanup will avoid confusion, speed up development as developers do not have to wade through unutilized code, and ultimately improve the quality of your product.
Although documentation might seem like a secondary priority, getting your documentation right serves as a highly useful reference for everyone involved in the software development process. Clear documentation can help developers track progress and decide on the next step. It is extremely useful for new developers who join an existing project. Thorough documentation of error codes and FAQs help developers when they need to troubleshoot production issues. There are many types of documentation and they all serve as useful references when there is confusion – design documentation, technical documentation, user documentation, marketing documentation and so on. Documentation helps users, testers, marketers and many other roles aside from developers alone. Instead of time being wasted due to confusion, each role can consult the relevant documentation for clarification.
These tips should be useful in helping you improve software development productivity. However, every project is unique and if you’d like more support, please feel free to contact one of our experts at TA. We have in-depth experience with a diverse range of software development projects, and we’d love to help.