Before starting the development

Digital strategy
iOS development
Success begins long before the first line of code is written. In this post, we'll delve into the critical steps that every digital product owner should consider before embarking on the development journey. Despite some of steps are hidden they play a crucial role on how much time it will take to release a product, and how much budget will be spent efficiently.
Rina Levanchuk
Project Manager

9 Essential Steps for Seamless Custom Software Development

1. Define the Product Vision and Scope

Before diving into the code, it's imperative to define the product's vision and scope. This initial step sets the tone for the entire development process, providing a clear roadmap for the project. Work closely with your vendor to outline project objectives, features, and long-term visions, ensuring a comprehensive understanding that guides our development team.

2. Identify Target Audience and Create User Personas

According to the statistics, 44% of marketers use buyer personas for their businesses and an additional 29% will use them in the next 12 months. At that time understanding the end-users is fundamental to crafting a successful digital product. Identify your target audience and create detailed user personas. This step not only shapes the user experience but also streamlines design decisions, making the product resonate with its intended users.

3. Set Clear Goals and Objectives

Clear, measurable goals are the bedrock of successful projects. Collaborate with your vendor to establish achievable objectives, providing a tangible definition of success. This clarity not only focuses the development process but also serves as a guiding beacon throughout the project's lifecycle.

4. Prioritize Features & Create a Project Roadmap

Reason #1 why project roadmaps fail: They are merely a list of features. Effective project management requires meticulous planning. A roadmap should encompass primarily high-level details such as goals, epics, themes, user stories, and timeframes, rather than an extensive list of features. In this way we ensure that development aligns with project goals. This transparency fosters trust with stakeholders, as they have a clear understanding of milestones and timelines.

5. Define Technical Requirements and Analyze Risks

Technical specifications are the building blocks of successful development. Ask your vendor to assist you in clearly defining technical requirements, while also conducting a thorough risk analysis. This proactive approach allows for the identification and mitigation of potential challenges before they impact the project.

6. Create User Flow Diagrams and Wireframes

A common user flow diagram mistake is not incorporating user feedback, leading to designs that may not align with real user needs. A seamless user experience begins with thoughtful design. Collaborate with potential users and a vendor (able to provide user testing) on creating user flow diagrams and wireframes, mapping out the user journey and visualizing the interface. This not only enhances the user experience but also accelerates development by providing a clear blueprint.

7. Security Planning

In 2022 critical vulnerabilities (CVEs) increased by 59% from 2021. In an era of increasing cybersecurity threats, safeguarding user data is paramount. Hire security experts to develop robust security plans, ensuring the product remains resilient to vulnerabilities. This commitment protects both you and your users.

8. Create a Design System

Consistency in design is key to building a polished product. Ask your team or vendor to establish design systems that maintain visual cohesion across the product. This is particularly beneficial for teams with multiple designers, saving time and resources while enhancing the overall aesthetic.

9. Build a Team Communication Plan

Create an environment for quick and transparent communication within a team, especially when it consists of freelancers. Foster cross-team communication and establish your preferred method to stay in touch with the team. Typically, vendors provide product owners with established communication channels and collaboration tools, ensuring smooth interactions within the development team. Regular meetings, demos, and transparent processes help keep everyone on the same page.

Guiding through these crucial steps, you pave the way for a streamlined, efficient, and ultimately successful custom software development journey. 🚀

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