• 5 Telltale Signs Your Agile Software Development Project Will Take the Wrong Turn Nov 6, 2020
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    Sometimes software development projects fail. An astounding 90% of startups fail as well. Although the statistics change from year to year, the overall negative trend continues.

    Therefore, before embarking on the next software development project, it is crucial to take steps to make sure you don't turn into just another statistic.

    Sometimes the signs that your project is about to crash are directly related to organisational problems. In other cases, the "house of cards" collapses due to technical problems.

    Following Agile methodologies is a great way to manage your software development project. But even Agile teams fail if you don't manage it properly.

    So what are the clear signs that your Agile team is screwing up the project?

    Let's dive straight into the most common and obvious signs that your software project is about to crash and burn.

    1. If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.

    While this is undoubtedly striking (to put it mildly), you will be surprised at how many companies and professionals ignore this important part of the process. Sometimes founders are so eager to get started on their idea that they skip the planning phase.

    This is a big mistake!

    For example, you can categorise your Proof of Concept (PoC) plans and improve quality and features later. In fact, this never happens.

    If you don't do the right planning from the very beginning, your PoC will turn into another major project. Applications designed in this way usually turn out to be products that nobody needs or products that don't work.

    So how do you fix this?

    The best approach is to brainstorm and backlog sessions with the entire team. Take a close look at each requirement, evaluate each feature and how it works, and create a product development roadmap.

    By going through this process, you will reduce technical debt, reduce refactoring cycles, and avoid delays. High standards set from the outset help keep the team motivated. When your developers back down constantly or wonder what the hell is going on, you can bet your project is doomed.

    The Evolve mantra: Plan! Plan! And plan more!

    2. If you can't stick to your own deadlines, you're in big bad trouble.

    If your Agile development team is unable to make their own estimates of workload and associated timelines, alarms are certainly loud and clear.

    Of course, application development is complex and has its own set of problems. But missing deadlines should never be a trend.

    For example, if implementing a small change that takes a couple of hours takes two days, you have a huge problem on your hands. While several factors lead to such scenarios, most often it is because your developers are not qualified to do the job.

    Even if your application development team is small, it's important not to ignore Agile approaches that complement the "quick deadline" mentality.

    To avoid such situations, always work with an experienced and professional product development team. They will make correct assessments during the planning phase and prevent such incidents from occurring.

    The Evolve's mantra: Always hire software engineers with proven knowledge and experience. Check them thoroughly and pay them as much as they're worth, or hire a reputable third-party provider like Evolve! The latter can also provide some unique benefits.

    3. If you are using an obsolete tech stack, be prepared for the upcoming challenges.

    Technology is advancing faster than we can even write about it. Technology stacks quickly become obsolete, and their creators don't even support some programming languages. For example, Java was the primary language for Android applications, but now we have Kotlin. Fully compatible with Java, mobile applications are now built with less code. If you are working with outdated technology, you will have to start over or work harder.

    On the other hand, avoid using new and untested technologies. When you use new tech stacks, developers often face unexpected and integration issues that lead to delays.

    To solve this problem, brainstorm and come up with the best tools and technologies to create your product based on expert recommendations, not your gut feelings.

    The Evolve mantra: trust your experienced developers! But also do your homework to make sure the technology stack is up to date, adequately supported by the original creator, and supported by the developer community.

    For more signs, continue reading in the Evolve blog!
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