Building software can be fraught with its own set of obstacles, some of which may not be immediately apparent. Developers are often faced with tight deadlines and are responsible for creating vital tools that are fundamental to the functioning of an organisation. Even with a substantial team, developers may find themselves burdened with a plethora of tasks to accomplish.
The pressure is bound to escalate, especially if the demand increases and operations have to be scaled up. In such a scenario, your developers may bear the brunt of the burden. To prepare for this scenario, it is essential to ensure that you have an efficient system in place and that tasks are streamlined instead of being overly complicated.
Do we need to do more to ensure that we are providing the optimal tools and fostering an environment that boosts productivity? While we make every effort to achieve this, progress can be further enhanced by taking additional measures to refine the development process.
Let us delve deeper and identify ways we can enrich your development workflow.
Allocate Sufficient Time for Preliminary Research and Planning
Prior to beginning a project, it is crucial to devote adequate time to planning and preparation, particularly if the project is intricate. Each stakeholder must thoroughly examine and address any queries before embarking on the project to ensure its success. Gaining as much relevant information as possible is essential for achieving a positive outcome.
Before initiating a project for an external client or customer, a meeting must be held with all the developers involved to ensure that everyone is up-to-date on the relevant information and any questions have been addressed.
Do not disregard this crucial stage as it may result in delays and impediments throughout the process.
Develop Manuals for Procedures and Formats
Developers require access to a diverse set of writing manuals to facilitate and expedite the development process. Such manuals should provide guidance on recommended practices, including inline code comments, use of libraries, code structure, languages to be employed, and team responsibilities.
Clear and comprehensible language must be used when conveying style guidelines. Moreover, the manuals should provide a detailed outline of the team’s structure and the procedure for contacting key personnel.
Implement Peer Code Review
It is not advisable for developers to review their own code as they may find it challenging to detect mistakes in their own work. This is attributed to several factors, which is why authors frequently seek the assistance of copywriters and editors to review their work.
It is crucial that your team of developers is cognizant of this fact. In the absence of effective systems, errors may go unnoticed, resulting in a decrease in overall efficiency. To promptly identify any errors, it is recommended to designate a programmer (or a team of programmers) to review the code written by each developer.
Implement Continuous Improvement and Deployment
The implementation of the CI/CD methodology expedites iterative processes and deployment timelines. Automation plays a critical role in enabling swift development, with the CI/CD process banking on the premise that the use of automated technologies and specialized hardware can significantly reduce delivery times. These technologies are also able to detect errors and implement updates without manual intervention, providing an additional advantage.
Although integrating CI/CD may pose a challenge, its benefits make it a worthwhile endeavour. Developers stand to gain from a more efficient and dependable process. Furthermore, as it is part of an automated lifecycle, you can have confidence in the final product’s reliability.
Implement Simulation Environments
The incorporation of virtual machines can dramatically improve development efficiency. Firstly, the creation of a functional environment for programming can be expedited through virtual machines. With tools such as VirtualBox, a virtual system can be created from scratch (inclusive of all requisite software and hardware) and duplicated multiple times as needed. In the event of a virtual machine malfunction, data can be restored to a previously operational version.
In addition, virtual machines offer the convenience of customizable and distributable ‘team appliances’ that are advantageous. This ensures that all team members working on a project have access to a uniform environment, thus eliminating the need to address platform-specific issues.
Make sure to provide developers with easily downloadable virtual machines (or appliances) to enable them to quickly boot up the relevant environment and commence work.
By taking additional steps to enhance developers’ workflows, even highly skilled hires can meet and exceed expectations. With these recommendations in mind, you can rest assured that your software developers will have a productive and streamlined workflow.