6 simple tips that improve your software processes

6 simple tips that improve your software processes

Software development has become in the past decade one of the most sought-after areas of activity. There are millions of software developers worldwide. Their number is still increasing and will probably keep increasing in the following years, given the current app, enterprise tech, and Internet of Things hype.
As a developer, questioning software processes is pretty much a given. Is it good enough? Can it be better? How can I fix that bug? You’re always looking for improvement possibilities. You should always try to keep in mind your main focus areas: business requirements, user experience, and defects. We have compiled below some of the most useful and simple tips that will boost your SPI (Software Process Improvement).
1. Make sure you’re on the right track. The company’s culture should always be your big hint. It’s important to figure out if your employers value quality over quantity or vice-versa. You need to asses where your talents will be better used – developing something new, or improving current processes. One simple way that you can figure out if you are on the right track is to set constant checkpoints, at least in your first month or so. This way you can assure yourself that you’re working in the right direction. Less rework means more productivity.
2. Meet the business requirements. Your objectives should always be business oriented. Whether it’s a success or fail, the big picture excuse will enhance or diminish it.
3. Keep it simple. When you employ someone, shouldn’t you make sure that they have enough expertise to use a certain software? I’ve had this debate quite a few times. Simple means less time operating and teaching a certain software, and you know what they say time equals in the business world, don’t you? Big companies will use custom software or features anyway, so that time spent training is most likely inevitable.
4. Use guides. A great time saver (in the long run) that also benefits your image as a professional, is a user’s guide for your software. Think of all the time you will save, not to mention the respect you will gain once you start educating employees without actually being next to them. Some guides might take time to put together, but they’re worth the effort.
5. Always taste what you cook.  I have become decent at cooking thanks to one important tip that I received from a friend who is a professional chef: “Always taste what you cook”. The lesson: it’s better to discover the defects while there is still time to react. There will always be time to react of course, but at certain points that reaction might turn into something much more complicated and time consuming. You should also be smart about your testing. Prioritize the most crucial and at risk areas. This will at least secure your software’s main functionality.
6. Retrospect and improve. After testing, it’s time for a short meeting with your team, so that you can reflect about what you learned and set measurable improvement objectives.
Bonus tip: Take care of yourself. Regardless of your line of work, you should always take time to recharge. No one gets to benefit from your talents if you become burned out. You might even want to try a digital detox every now and then, just to clear your head and remember why you love your job in the first place.

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