Developing software is not for the faint of heart. Many people think it’s a project they can tackle on their own, and are unpleasantly surprised when their product fails unexpectedly.
These are some of the 7 most common issues that we see DIY software developers make before they come to us for help.
1. Undervaluing testing
One of the most important aspects of software development is testing and quality assurance. Your product won’t be successful if it doesn’t work as intended, so it’s important to test early and often. This saves your users from nasty surprises and you from a high volume of support calls.
Unfortunately, many DIY developers don’t realize how important testing is until it’s too late. By then, they’ve already invested a lot of time and money into their product, and are reluctant to start over from scratch. So, they release a buggy product and hope for the best.
Then, the volume of support requests is so high that maintaining the product becomes an expensive proposition. In time, end users abandon the product and run to social media to complain about your brand.
If you’re developing software, test, test again, then test some more. It will save you headaches, money, and negative reviews that harm your brand.
2. Software conflicts
A number of things can happen to break even the best software. Some seem obvious, like an update to an operating system. Others are more hidden, like a browser-based app that breaks when another app or plugin is updated. Another common issue occurs when a third-party API is updated.
It is imperative to identify all potential conflicts in advance and to periodically look for any new conflicts that might arise.
3. Scope creep
The initial reason for building an application can get lost. As it comes into fruition, it is tempting to add one more feature, followed by another feature, and yet another feature…
After all, the more features you have, the more valuable your product will be, right?
If you try to include too many features, you’ll end up with a bloated product that’s hard to use. Not only that, but you’ll also have a hard time keeping track of all the different pieces of code.
As a result, your product will be buggy and unreliable, lacking the performance and functionality needed in its most critical features.
It’s better to start with a small set of features and then gradually add more over time. That way, you can make sure each feature is well-tested and works as intended.
4. Resource management
Many DIY developers underestimate the amount of time and resources that go into developing software. As a result, they often find themselves in over their heads, trying to complete a project with too few people or too little money.
If you’re going to develop software, you need to make sure you have a clear plan for how much time and money you’ll need to not only develop the software, but also to test and fix any bugs that may come up.
5. Not properly defining their ideal audience
Another common mistake DIY developers make is failing to properly define their target audience. Without a clear understanding of who your software is for, it’s impossible to create a product that meets their needs.
As a result, you’ll end up with a product that appeals to no one.
Before you start developing your software, take some time to think about who you’re making it for. What are their needs and how can your product meet them? Once you have a clear understanding of your audience, you’ll be able to develop a much more focused software.
6. Failure to communicate
The software that seems intuitive to the developers might not seem intuitive to your customers. Will the software have hints built into the interface, a help manual, a support request system, all of the above?
Who will create the hints, the manual, and the support system? Who will answer the support system when customers need assistance? Be sure that all of these questions are answered before getting started. After all, they are part of your product vision and product cost.
Developing software is a complex process that takes careful planning and execution. Attempting to DIY this kind of project comes with too many risks, which is why it should be left to the professionals.
At Bizzuka, our software developers focus on creating tailor-made solutions that solve your unique problems and yield an ROI within 6 – 18 months.
Our software is flexible, scalable, and carefully crafted to adapt to your ever-changing business.
We also offer various levels of customer support and carry with us 20 years’ worth of experience. Not only that, but we’re experienced in various industries and happy to provide references and explain the development process to you in terms that are easy to understand.
Don’t know where to start? We do. Schedule your free workflow consultation with Bizzuka today!