data management,software development,software project requirements by Royce Hall on August 11, 2020 |
App design flows from business need This should seem obvious, but before we can jump into application development, we as software consultants have to start with an understanding of the business need and the processes we are trying to automate. For example, we've got a customer who has an on-site operations working on the pipes that go under our streets....
Engineering Phase: Planning a MS Access App Overhaul
software development,software project requirements by Royce Hall on June 22, 2020 |
MS Access Update We engage with a client a number of months ago that is a relatively large company. They had a Microsoft Access Program that was at the core of a really important business process for them. It touched a number of different departments and helped automate and guide this process to make sure that they weren't losing or...
A More Agile Agile Webinar: Implementing Agile Development Principles
software development,software project requirements,technology by Royce Hall on April 14, 2020 |
Practicing Agile Development Principles (without being tied to one methodology) Tim Hickle: So thank you all for joining us today. I'm really excited to have this conversation. Randy and his team at level 12 have been amazing partners for us here at Woven. And something that through the content webinars we've done in the past, I've gotten a lot...
Custom Software Development Versus Commercial off the Shelf (COTS)
data management,innovation,Payment Industry,software development,software project requirements,technology by Royce Hall on April 7, 2020 |
Custom Software Development or Off The Shelf? If you are undertaking a software project, you are probably asking yourself if you need to make or buy your solutions. In larger enterprises you may be thinking about implementing something as big as an ERP systems or CRM, or as small as a client intake form or web portal. You ask, is...
Automated Testing: Why is it important?
Louisville,Python,software development,software project requirements,technology by Royce Hall on January 17, 2020 |
Have you been burnt by bad automated testing? When we go to software engineering conferences we often talk about the benefits of automated testing. As we've had private conversations with a lot of the people we often find that they have had really bad experiences with applications that have just had tests that were not a benefit. They honestly made...
Characteristics of a Good Leader
Louisville,software development,software project requirements by Dale Gibbons on October 3, 2018 |
Leadership is a gold-plated word, isn’t it? It’s so valuable to companies, they pay big, big money for it. It’s so impactful to families, children beg for it. Cling to it. It’s so valuable to teams, they’ll jump out of airplanes after it. The third item on our “12 Reasons Software Projects Fail” is lack of executive leadership. A foggy...
Crafting Actionable Use Cases
software project requirements by Biz Dev on February 15, 2018 |
Use Cases Our previous blog posts made a case for gathering project requirements, identified three core requirements types, focused on busienss objectives, and strategies for eliciting user input. Our focus is going to shift towards determining and defining specific things an application must do to provide value to users. A use case is a description of how an external actor...
Getting User Input
software project requirements by Biz Dev on February 7, 2018 |
Asking the right questions is the key to gathering quality requirements for your software project, but before you can begin asking questions, you need to know who to ask. Identify User Groups In most cases, multiple groups, or classes, of users will interact with the software you want to build. For example, a manufacturing workflow tracking application may have the...
Business Objectives for Software Projects
software project requirements by Dale Gibbons on January 31, 2018 |
In our previous blog post, we identified the three critical requirements or “specifications” needed by developers to design software that works—software that saves you time and money and helps you delight your customer. Here they are again: Business Requirements User Requirements Functional Requirements Now, let’s look closer at the trickiest of the three: Business Requirements. Common Sense and Common Practice...
3 Types of Software Project Requirements
software project requirements by Biz Dev on January 18, 2018 |
Businessman Bob has a business problem that requires a software solution. He reached out to Developer Dan to tell him about his problem and ask how much a solution will cost. Developer Dan explains the complexities of pricing software projects and recommends that they start the process by gathering software project requirements to establish the project scope and create a...
The Case for Software Project Requirements
software project requirements by Biz Dev on January 10, 2018 |
Most software projects are destined to fail before the first line of code is written. Why? Bad software project requirements. Failure to follow a proven process for gathering software project requirements is a guaranteed way to waste time, hemorrhage cash, and frustrate many people. The process of gathering requirements for a software project is challenging. It requires asking the right...