Many companies strive to achieve unmatchable product speeds without compromising the quality of the product. Companies are on constant watch to accelerate the product development, as they can stay ahead in the game with competitors only with speed and quality.
A leading e-commerce website is rumored to make a software change every 11 seconds, around 8000 changes per day. Imagine the plight of their competitors who make changes less often. It is to be noted that making changes continuously to the product is not costly or time consuming at all. Continuous deployment can be cheaper with fewer risks involved as it is all automated.
With the increase in project size, the code bases become complicated. Hence, new software releases must be tested compulsorily. Automated testing options are preferred because traditional testing procedures consume more time and it is not efficient in tracing the errors.
With fast product development, companies will take less time to launch their product on the market, i.e. less Time to Market (TTM). The sales, leadership position and flexibility of the company depends on the speed of launching a perfect product on the market.
Systems without flaws are impossible, nonetheless adopting the TTM strategy with improved required management would enable companies to deploy high-quality products promptly on the launch date.
So, how to boost the pace of product development?
The success of a company is determined based on the results achieved compared to the promised results to the customers and shareholders. Launching a product on time is an important challenge for them.
The following steps will enhance the product development speed without compromising quality:
- A well specified product development strategy
Creation of a planned roadmap that will enunciate all the important steps – from product iteration to product launch is crucial before kickstarting product development.
The main tactics that can be applied for product development strategy are as follows:
- Identify the market
- Fix a time frame
- Determine the key factors
- Using Agile methodology
The decision of choosing a suitable development methodology for the project is made by the project management team. The most popular one of all is the Agile Methodology, based on the 12 fundamental principles of the Agile Manifesto. It fragments the project into several iterations of equal duration for a period of 2-8 weeks.
The Agile method is beneficial for stakeholders and clients as it enables them to see into each and every development stage of the project and make decisions throughout the project. When compared to the waterfall method, this approach saves time as tasks can’t be overlapped, and each task can be initiated only upon completing the previous task.
- Timely automated testing
It is crucial that software tests have to be conducted at regular intervals for development cycles to proceed as expected. Testing has to be done each time a new source code is added or modified. It is done to check whether the product works well on all the supporting platforms.
Both automated and manual testing procedures are adopted.
Test Automation suites provide a better insight into each product, analyze the codes, memory contents, data tables, the contents of the file and internal programs to check if the product is performing normally. This improves the accuracy of the software.
Parallel testing is a major benefit of test automation suites, which allows the developer to run multiple test case on various operating systems and browsers in one go.
- Proper software development technologies
With the availability of numerous software development technologies in the market, choosing the right technology stack for the product is crucial. Application Development Environment (ADE) plays a vital role in the test software framework. System developers spend most of their time with ADE and thus it is imperative to choose one with multiple platforms and integrate it with measurement and control services.
Documentation defines the structure and functionality of an underdevelopment product. It helps to improve the quality and effectiveness of a software. The forward progress of the project is tracked when the formal documentation begins.
With clear and concise documentation, the development process is boosted and the developers reach a point of concurrence on the implementation of a particular functionality in the product.
- Removing unused code
The removal of unused codes is essential as it can lead to various issues. The documents of complex projects are likely to be used by many people including new developers. The changes to the code may inadvertently introduce bugs.
To recognize the unused codes in the codebase, the burden of going through each line is involved. This will create more uncertainty and confusions.
The used and unused codes have to be identified by the team members working on it. Cleanup of the codes will enhance the pace of the development process and improve the software quality.
For companies, reducing time to market the products is the point to concentrate. The risks associated with product delays have to be eliminated as it is critical to focus on parallel testing, Agile methodology, proper documentation, and the right technologies. The project will be launched successfully if the essential resources are available with the development team.
The reliance on TTM tactics is critical to gain a marketing advantage and to acquire a competitive position. The quality of the product in development is the primary concern besides focusing on the speed of product development.
Faster time to market is more lucrative for any business whether you seek to attract new customers or enter new markets. If you need assistance with product development and launch, please feel free to contact us. At Triassic, we have immense experience with a wide range of product development from web and mobile applications to more disruptive technologies such as AI, IoT, RPA and Blockchain.