Why Having Fixed Technical Specifications May Not Always Be the Best Choice in Software Development?

Introduction


In an ever-evolving tech sphere, companies struggle to break the mold, challenge the norms to create innovative products.

Let’s say, you have an internal software development team or have found a reliable software engineering company to outsource your development processes to. What are the next steps?

Many business owners believe the next step is having technical specifications fixed way ahead of the start of the project. A technical specification is a thorough document presenting all technical processes in project or product development. It helps the client clearly understand each step taken to achieve their business goals by their partner.

But why does having technical specifications set in stone may not always be the best choice for your business? In fact, it can even harm your development process.

Here is an example...


Creating a software solution is similar to tailoring a custom gown — a long-term process that can span weeks, months, or even years. In this timeframe, a lot can change. After all, the IT sphere and the world is continuously advancing towards new innovations.

Your requirements may evolve, just as fashion trends do with each passing season. Your personal preferences or trends might shift. You might find that different color palettes and designs work much better for you and accentuate your best features.

But if tailoring the gown doesn’t allow for on-the-spot modifications without critical and excessive costs, modern flexible software development methodologies are precisely adapted for making quick changes, adjusting and trying out your new approaches.

This allows the development team to start a project or work on a product with a crystal-clear vision of your objectives and a firm grasp of all functional blocks, without having to thoroughly outline all the structures before the start of the project. That’s where flexible development methodologies come into play.

Obsolete Before Product Launch...


If you’ve spent half a year carefully crafting a technical specification (with the assistance of an in-house or outsourced analyst), there’s a substantial risk that your software will hit the market, only to find itself ideologically outdated and mismatched struggling to address current issues. Your competitors may have kickstarted already and, worst case scenario, the clients may no longer be interested in your solution.

“Obsolete before launch projects” are the prime reason and fuel for the rise of agile project management methodologies. Their primary mission? Continuous accumulation of changes occurring in the client’s vision and in the external environment into the software that’s being developed.

We encourage you to explore the Agile Development Manifesto and its core values. Also, feel free to check out SCD Company’s resources regarding Agile Methodology and the Role of Transparency in Project Execution. These principles empower forward-thinking companies to create a transparent, user-friendly environment that fosters exceptional client interactions.

Conclusion


In the ever-changing landscape of software engineering, adaptability is key. Embracing flexible methodologies such as agile development is key. Developers should be open to breaking the mold to ensure their software projects stay relevant and are aligned with the company's goals.

Mar 28, 2023