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Tips to Avoid Bespoke Software Failures

A common issue that project managers who are tasked to supervise software development projects face is falling behind project schedule. When software projects are not delivered on time, it is not only the project manager’s career that is put on the line, but also the entire company’s operational capabilities, reputation, and future success. This is why it is important to conduct thorough preliminary research, risk assessment, analysis, and careful planning. Ample time spent planning the development process helps reduce failure and pretty much guarantees the success of your software project. Here are some tips to help you avoid bespoke software development pitfalls:
·         The best way to deal with software problems is to avoid them in the first place. Always look out for red flags even before you begin working on your bespoke software. Ask plenty of questions when interviewing service providers and professional software developers. When you are outsourcing bespoke software development, some common pitfalls to avoid include contradicting requirements and obscurity in technical specifications, potential drawbacks with third party backend, and using third party code. While it may seem a lot quicker to use third party code previously developed, this may not always be beneficial because in most cases, it is faster and easier to write code from scratch than tweaking poor-quality code.
·         Choose and build the right team – whether you are managing a small or large scale software project, it is important to recruit the skills of experienced professionals who know all about software development drawbacks and pitfalls and how to avoid them to ensure success and efficient delivery.
·         Facilitate good communication – constant communication is also important to the success of software development, as this ensures that everyone on the development team is on the same page in terms of where the project is at and where it is headed. 

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