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Before ever starting a project, it is important to have set boundaries. Without knowing what a business wants and needs in a software application, a developer won’t know what to develop, how the application needs to function, or what the overall goal of the application development process. Users will sense a disconnect and will most likely be unsatisfied with their incomplete experience of the application.
Before getting into the software requirements specifications the company must be able to answer these questions in order to start defining the future application:
What is the application’s purpose?
Define the audience. Communicate why people would want to use it, and how far-reaching the application is meant to go. The business should be able to explain in detail how a user will get access to the application development process and what need it fulfills for them.
Is this a completely new solution for customers?
Laying out whether the application will be completely new, an add-on to a service, or a product already being offered by the company will better frame how the application development process should function and look for the end-user.
What will it look like?
Everything a business offers should fit in with the brand. By giving examples of how the application should feel, look, and act, developers will be able to mimic the best characteristics of other applications without losing the uniqueness of the company’s specific solution.
From these general development process questions, a company can further detail what it is they need in a new application. With the right specifications, software developers can create a customed application development process that fits each need of a business. Here are some of the most important specification requirements to define before partnering with a software development company:
– Market specifications that define what the target customer needs out of the application.
– System specifications in order to actually get the application up and running.
– UI specifications to create a seamless branding experience.
– Goal-driven specifications that line up with future expectations of the business.
– External specifications to ensure other company applications can integrate with the new software.
For the most part, no one person will be able to answer all of these questions and provide the specification requirements needed for a company – especially when the company is rather large. As more people are added to the design team, the more complex decision making becomes. At Charter Global, we specialize in helping our clients through the complicated software development process. Once you have made the decision to create a new application for your business, give us a call!