Failing to plan is planning to fail. Software development planning is an important part of commencing any new software project. It serves as a roadmap that shows the project phases, and their start and end dates, and dependencies.
While we oppose set dates and scopes in the Agile world, they are a fact of life for many organizations, and we cannot deny their relevance.
This article takes a look at what software development project planning is, why you should do it and the key questions you should ask in order to ensure you are considering the most important things in your plan.
Planning software development is important because it allows you to track progress, forecast resource requirements, and give your team the context they need to estimate. Planning also allows you to break a project down into development phases, so you can better understand how long each phase will take.
To create a software development plan, you need to answer 5 key questions:
– Who will be involved in the project?
– Why are we completing the project?
– What will the project be expected to deliver?
– When is the project required to deliver and what milestones will there be?
– How will the project be delivered, i.e. what type of approach and what technologies and tools will be used?
Creating a software development plan is essential to the success of any software project. By taking the time to answer key questions and understand the different phases of a project, you can create a roadmap for success.
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