Software development – Project Scoping

It’s understandable. You’re impatient to ‘get on with the job.’ You have pressure from others to show progress. We support your enthusiasm to get your project completed as soon as possible, which is exactly why we advise clients to take more time to scope out their software development project. More planning now will dramatically reduce costs and the time it takes to complete your software.

The most important stage of any software development project

Defining the scope of a project is the most critical stage of any software development. It is the point where you weigh up what is desirable, with what is practical, and decide what is deliverable. Project scoping is the ideal time to engage Redgum to help you navigate your way through this process.

To help you understand the value of the planning process, consider this; It’s 10 times more expensive to fix a problem at the development stage than at the planning stage.

Do you have to compromise to get your project developed?

One of the most common mistakes organisations make when developing software is they think in binary terms. They think only in terms of launching an entire software solution, with all its features from day one. This is not always practical, due to time, technology, financial and other considerations.

The best way to plan and scope a software development project is in stages. Working with Redgum on your project scope will allow you to see the software development processes from a different perspective. They will help you define a staged roll out process (multiple iterations) that fits with the logistics of your needs.

Whereas many organisations will communicate the benefits of Agile, they are really talking about design and development Agile processes separately. Redgum’s Redprint™ combines both processes, guaranteeing key decision makers remain in the decision-making process, improving budgeting and planning, and ultimately reducing cost and time overruns.

Minimum launch requirements

Knowing what your minimum launch requirements are can be the difference between a project receiving approval to proceed or not. Organisations and investors find it difficult to think long term nowadays. They see the world in 3-month blocks. If you can demonstrate that you can internally test or launch to market a more basic version of your software, with core features intact, within a much shorter time, and with a smaller investment, you are more likely to win their approval. Redgum’s Redprint™ process can provide a quarter by quarter development section, with delivering in 2-week cycles. This allows you to better manage your investment and maintain a constructive dialogue with key decision makers.

Minimise the risk of software development

A minimum launch requirement is also a great way or reducing the perceived risk of launching a new software solution. If your minimum launch software has missed the mark, then you still have funds and time available to make changes that can ensure your software is successful. Few things are more than disheartening than spending more than a year on a project, only to find it falls at the first hurdle. Redgum can show you have to avoid this scenario.

Remove the ambiguity of software development

We’ve all heard the expression ‘how long is a piece of string?’ It is an expression often used in software development. Software development provides infinite possibilities and outcomes. Unfortunately, you don’t have unlimited resources or time to bring your project to life.

Redgum’s Redprint™ process provides you with a finite scoping document. It provides you with a realistic understanding of the resource requirements and timeframes to develop your project. Redgum’s Redprint™ process can even provide you with a multistage rollout process and milestones, which reflect your budget and timing requirements.

By removing ambiguity from your project Redgum provides you with a greater change for key decision makers to green light your software development project. More importantly, Redgum’s Redprint™ software development scoping improves your chance of your software to deliver on its promise to end-users.