A take on Software Development Methods

A Take On Software Development Methods

Nowadays, software is everywhere: computers, TVs, vehicles, vending machines, coffee makers, pet toys, and even software development tools are powered by software.

Groups of skilled people designed these products to make electronic signals act in a desirable pattern. And to do that, they started working on the Basically, when bringing a software project from idea to creation, then implementing – this entire process is called software development.

That is neither a conclusion nor a statement… we just have used so many different types of software development methods. Over 20 years, we had to start looking at the source to identify and track down every software development method change.

My personal favorite source has been IEEE, which acts as a guideline for the rest of the world and provides all kinds of standards in Electronic driven businesses. Then there is the MSF, yes, the Microsoft Standard Framework, which supports variations of software development methods.

Much of our team hiring that works under ODC – Offshore Dedicated Center model happens to be adopting and following the same concepts as is propagated using MSF for Agile Software Development – v4.2;

We discovered somewhere in the middle (i.e., almost half a decade back) that we need to find unique ways to implement very effective management methods to deliver sound quality.

Challenges We Faced

We face massive challenges as an India based software outsourcing company to track and manage customer requirements. This challenge becomes increasingly higher while dealing with more visionaries than practical subject matter experts.

Their expectations cannot be met, simple trouble, and their visions do not come with a well-defined specification. If direct development is engaged using either SCRUM or AGILE, even Iterative development – we end having too many change requests to keep either of us happy in the long run.

Our understanding of software development methods

We explored further avenues and introduced a “Prototyping” and Rapid Application Development tools system. Which gave shape to those visions and also were able to cut down a lot of aspects in terms of:

  1. Cost and time needed to provide a concrete picture
  2. Determine the feasibility and full functional specification, finalize the development tasks in less than 12-15% of the net project budget

When the above got combined and became a delivery process, the results were a “delighted customer” base even while following AGILE.

Software development methodology approach: Agile Beginning

The software development methodology is a framework used to organize, plan, and manage an information system’s development. This form of development approach is concerned only with the process of software development, so it does not include any technical aspects, but only with proper software development planning.

In 2001, the agile manifesto was assembled and released by a group of software developers dissatisfied with the current cumbersome management framework.

And then after Agile became a widely popular modern software development paradigm. In the ‘monumental’ methodologies of the past – Agile emerged out of frustration.

A much more effective and fluid end product than manufacturing is software. Agile takes advantage of these properties and provides a software development approach that is more effective. The driving force for designing features such as CI / CD, Function Flags, and Microservices is agile methodology.

Software service composition

Integration and synchronization of services are necessary to achieve smooth business cooperation in service computing environments for the remaining business structures within or across the enterprise borders.

Service composition can be used to assemble multiple services into a large-grain composite service with internal process logic – if a single service cannot satisfy user requests. Service composition is an essential way of achieving value-added services in the service computing world and a fundamental software creation method.

There are two primary types of service composition schemes: the service orchestration and choreography of service.

Service orchestration requires a control center to control and organize the implementation of the participating services. The resources involved are not aware that they are part of the collaborative process, and only the central control center is aware of how collaborative work will be done.

On the other hand, the service choreographer does not depend on the service control center, and each service involved knows when to do its operations and with whom to communicate.

Summing up

A few fundamental principles that drive the near future of software development are automation, openness, and democratization.

Overall, these trends minimize the overall budget to implement new software projects and reduce the entry barrier for non-technical team members to contribute to software development.

All in all, there is no foolproof method. We have to keep adopting as technology evolves. Our clients are always free to follow through on their visions without compromising anything and everything on their dreams.

At Radixweb, we firmly believe that the good beginning makes the good end, so it goes without saying that – choosing smart software engineering methodologies and management style is the secret to software development success.

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Maitray Gadhavi is a senior business development manager with Radixweb who accelerates the growth of organizations through innovation-led custom software development. Balancing the long-term gains in an evolving industry, he brings the voice of the customers into the enterprise. Binge-watching favourite series is his idea of fun after work.