Custom software development creating personalized software on the basis of specific client needs has been a big business for more than a decade. Over the years, certain ideas related to software development have become embedded in the minds of most people.
Some of these ideas have emanated from the minds of people who do not know a thing about actual coding, while other ideas have been given force by software developers themselves. Some of the myths are simply annoying to hear, while others are ideas that can have a harmful effect on the development process. Let’s take a look at some of the most common myths regarding software development.
# Myth 1: A Basic Client Brief is Enough for Initial Stages of Programming
When people who do not have experience with programming act as a bridge between the clients and the programmers, this myth is born. They feel that programmers can at least start some coding on the basis of the initial client brief. But it doesn’t work that way. If the programmers are expected to build software that satisfies all the client requirements, they need to begin with a clear and detailed understanding of the requirements. A broad outline of the project is not enough, and it usually leads to waste of time and effort.
# Myth 2: Cutting-edge Tools Guarantee Better Software
There are thousands of tools and frameworks out there that promise to help you reduce the cost and effort required for software development. Many companies try to use unconventional methods to get wonderful results. The idea is to let latest technology help the developers create powerful software speedily. But switching frameworks or using newer tools is not a good idea in the long run. Choosing mature and standard tools is a safer and better choice.
# Myth 3: More Hands make Light Work
Although it may sound counterintuitive, tasking more and more developers to a project doesn’t guarantee better or faster output. Several software development companies highlight their ability to get more programmers for clients at any point during the project. But there is a vast gulf between the programmers who have spent hundreds of hours understanding the details of a project and developers who are starting from scratch. They will spend a lot of time getting familiar with the project, and too many new cooks may end up spoiling the broth.
# Myth 4: Documenting Standards makes Programming Fool-proof
Software architects and developers spend a lot of time creating and standardizing documents related to the project. This is a laudable act, and they should be praised for it. The problem arises when it is assumed the thorough documentation and adherence to best development practices will eliminate all development problems. Unfortunately, most software development projects evolve during the process of programming. In such cases, the documentation becomes useless and programmers have to ignore it to move forward.
# Myth 5: Coding is Complete, Work is Done
Many companies function under the illusory idea that their work is finished when they deliver the code tot he client. Businesses also feel that the work is complete once they have the software. But that is a myth. Maintenance, bug fixing and updating the software may require a lot of time and effort from the developer’s side. For some, the work only truly begins after the coding is done. In certain instances, the cost and effort required after the code delivery can even exceed the cost of development.
In conclusion I would like to point out that taking these myths as facts has created many problem in the software development industry. Programmers, project coordinators and clients must analyze their work process and see that it is not built on the quicksand of myths.