• Tomasz Soroka

10 challenges in a software product development - VIDEO

In this episode, I will tell you about 10 biggest challenges you may face during software product development.


Tom: Hi, everyone. Tom from Leaware is speaking. Today I will be talking about 10 significant challenges you can face during your, software product development.


Let's start! The challenge number one is no strategy, no vision, which is clear and understood by your team. Very, very often when you when when people start developing a software product, they treat development team developers as a people who are responsible for delivering net screens, new views and that their all work is around developing features. No, this is not the best way. The much better is if they understand your software, your product from the beginning, so they knows why you are going to develop it. What is the goal? What kind of problems you are going to solve? And you can be sure that then when it's clear for the team, they will bring you much more value than only if they treat your product as the next application with few screens to implement.


The second challenge, which is also very important and you can face it, is that your product team has no visible goals. What it means, for example, if they work in the scrum methodology, then in a scrum we say that each sprint should have some goal to achieve. Yeah. If people are working based on achieving goals, they will deliver better work. For example, you have a product application which is use, for example, in beauty industry and then your team is developing features which can help you in onboarding more people. So if the team knows that your goal is to increase amount of new registrations on the platform, then you can be sure that they will also be more helpful and they will suggest you very interesting features, functions which may help you in achieving your goals and to make just more people more onboarding on,on the platform. In contradiction, if they do not know what you want to achieve, then they will just implement features which you want to have implemented. But they will not involve more. They will not be proactive. So this is very, very important that your development team know about your goals.


The next challenge is bad, wrong development methodology. So for example, if you are building top edge product, where is a lot of unknown things which must be resolved during the development, then you should use, for example, scrum methodology. You shouldn't go in the waterfall model because then it will be much harder to achieve your goals and it will be much harder to focus for the team on the proper things on delivering proper value. So it's very, very important in viceversa. If you are going to implement next ecommerce shop where everything is clear, then probably scrum methodology will not be the best and much, but much better is to define the scope and then just executed.


Challange number four is no requires skills in your development team. It happens quite often when, for example, teams start from the MVP. Everything is going very, very well. And then suddenly you see that you have traction of your product and the amount of users is increasing. Like I hall from one side, this is very, very good. So you are for sure happy. But for your team, the challenges are different. Yeah. And if they if they do not have experience, witch a proper architecture, proper backend, backend development, then you can face management the problem. And, probably it will be visible when, after having few collapses with your platform. So it's very, very important that the team knows about your goals and the people who are responsible for the setting team properly, they knows in which moment they should increase the balance in the in the team or to add the people who are necessary.


The next challenge which happens quite often is technical depth. What it means. It means that even if you have very, very good developers, then many things is changing during the time. New versions of frameworks, new versions of libraries, and the most important new requirements which are coming from your users, your clients and if a team doesn't have time to improve also that architecture, the backend of the system, the way how a system behaves. And instead of this, they are just focused on adding new features. After some time you will become a weave that you will face the problem that you're that the technology in your product is outdated and suddenly to add something, you need to do a lot of of rework. So, it's very, very important to focus on also on this topic and do not allow to be in such situation. Yeah. So even if I have as I said, if you have great developers, you shouldn't be focused on this that they have time to improve also this what is not visible all the time during development.


The next challenge and next problem which you can face is no continuous integration. What it means. It means that from the moment where developer put new piece of the code into a repository, everything like checking the code, building, testing, integrating is made automatically. What it means for you? It means that you will just save a lot of time as well as your developers, and everything will be cheaper and faster. You will be able to relace your application more often. And the developers will focus on really important things and will not lose time on building new versions of the product. So it's very, very important to implemented it. And if in your product it's not already done, you should really focus on this.


The next step challenge is not ultimate test in your product. It means that everything what is done by developers is tested manually, which in most cases is very, very inefficient and time and money consumed. So we should focus on it to start implementing automated tests and they can be implemented on many different levels. We have, for example, unit tests which are testing that more are focused on integration of the code. We have integration tests which are more focused on testing interfaces between different layers of your solution and the last, maybe not last, but also more and more important is are the UI tests, where automate code is simulated user simulating user behavior. So developers are not or testers are not topping each time and going through a full application, but they write the code once and then you can execute the state this code and simulate it as many times as it's needed.


The next challenge is that you have no metrics in your product. What it means. It means that you are not aware how many people are registered in your platform, how people are using your platform, where there are potential problems. For example, you see that you can see that many people are going into registration screen and then nothing happens. Yeah, and probably this is some kind of the bug in the platform and it should be fixed. But you have no numbers. You have no knowledge. And to until someone will not give you a good feedback, some of the users, it is very, very hard to detect it and fix it. So it's very, very important to have different metrics, even in your product, in different places. And then you can see ya. Those metrics are like your eyes and you can see what is happening in your product. Yeah. So if you doesn't have such such implementation of such metrics until now, it's a good moment to do it.


The next challenge is no proper documentation. What it means. It means that your development is based only on for example, user stories isn't a case of using scrum approach. Yeah, but it doesn't mean that you have enough documentation which will makes you safer. Yeah. So you can ask yourself what will happen if my best 2 developers from my team will leave and if we are able to follow, or that other question, what will happen if whole team will disappear suddenly? And if I'm able to give my product development to other team and they will be able to continue its smoothly. So if you have such doubts, it means that probably you do not have enough documentation and it doesn't mean that you should have tons of word documents. Describe each screen, each color and so on and so on. But it should be something put his focus on really, really important things part of your product.


And the last challenge I'd like to discuss today is dividing development from maintenance and support. If your product is in a production version, then it means that you're from one side should develop work on new features, new versions, but from the other side you should also support and do maintenance for the current user. Yeah, and quite often it is divided between, for example, two teams. But by the way. If in the current version there is an a bug which should be fixed, then probably you need the best people in your team to do it. Also, if you put the best people into development and to someone else takes care about the ongoing maintenance, then probably you will get much worse results in comparision to the situation that old team is working together and you just to use priorities for the next sprints to focus on proper things. Yeah, and there is no problem that team works in the same time on both things. Yeah. If everything is prepared correctly in your git repository for example, then there is no any problem to do it.

And it was the last challenge I wanted to talk about today. So I wish you all the best. The great product development, great teams. And if you have any questions any doubts, if you are going to develop your new software product just contact me and I will answer you all your questions or doubts. And for sure I will help. Thank you very much and have a good day. Bye.


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