Getting Digital Transformation right with software development
In today’s world, digital transformation is no longer a luxury, and companies can no longer afford to merely treat it as a luxury – the fact is that it can have a major impact when it comes to improving the bottom line, as well as ensuring more sustainable growth, and software development is at the heart of ensuring a successful transition.
Achieving digital transformation with agile software development
Most companies take the first step of understanding that adopting a paperless approach is beneficial. However, many organizations fear that by selecting something that doesn’t meet all of their expectations they will be burdened with a cumbersome product that negatively impacts their agility. Old fashioned ‘waterfall’ approach is very fragile, yet still, some companies are tempted to follow this practice, under sort-of-lean approach. The threat is – if one process goes wrong, the whole approach can collapse. It prevents agility too, so should the market require quick change, the fragility of the ‘waterfall’ approach can make operational change extremely slow and difficult. Many, if not all of these fears can be overcome with an agile approach that is helping to mitigate risks.
Lean methodologies & patience are the keys
The first thing businesses should do is accept that they don’t know how to build a system that provides them with everything they need. Instead, they should focus on creating one that helps them figure it out. This can be achieved through lean agile development that employs a modular approach. This gives both developers and stakeholders more control over what’s being delivered and when. Mutually, they iterate, building process that is not only faster but also more reliable and quality driven. In order to achieve the right outcome, however, teams and stakeholders will need patience. Management often makes the mistake of creating a sense of urgency which can do more harm than good. By simply taking your time and adopting an incremental approach to digital transformation, you can begin with migrating the basic functions, and eventually sophisticated workflows. Ultimately, by adopting an agile approach, managing risks in the right way, taking things one step at a time, you can ensure your digital transformation is a success.
Don’t overlook software testing, QA, and support
Since it is not possible to check the program for all errors or defects, the task of QA engineers is to select a set of tests which would cover as many aspects of the software operation as possible. A good software testing and quality assurance during the development phase ensure that software performs up to standard. The major reason for involving software quality assurance in the process of software product development is to make sure that the final product built is as per the requirement specification and comply with the standards. Once the software is deployed, having the right support is also critical. Keeping up with the latest updates, version upgrades, and bug fixes are key to making sure the software continues to perform reliably and reduces the risk of security breaches.
What’s most important?
It’s about time we all understand that fundamentally – supporting the digital transformation from a technology standpoint, our main job is to help make decisions that will deliver a better product, on time, and within the scope. Lean methodology, patience, testing, QA and support – are significant parts of the software development process that brings great value to every product.