From lighting bolts in the middle of the night, to a brainstorm that just won’t go away… the world is full of really great ideas. But a great idea isn’t always enough. So what does it take to get from a good idea to a successful software product? Sometimes Software Product Development is not as simple as it seems.
Beyond The Brainstorm…
Have you ever had a really great idea… something truly extraordinary that could change the way we do things? Sometimes these ideas shape the world around us, like Uber, Airbnb, or Rover. Other times, it can make the world of difference to an industry or even a few individuals. Let’s face it, it’s innovation that has driven the hearts and minds of Americans since this country was founded. This spirit is alive and thriving.
We hear about great ideas every day. As technology evolves, it allows more and more entrepreneurs and idea makers into the market. No longer does an innovative idea require a big tech company behind it. Many small businesses are shaping the future of software product development every day.
After the big brainstorm, how do you take a really great idea and turn it into a functional product or service? This is not always an easy problem to solve. You will be faced with questions such as…
- What’s next?
- How do I turn my idea into a reality?
- How do you make all of the pieces work?
Understanding The Puzzle…
To point back to an old adage, “anything worth doing is worth doing well.” In many cases, there are multiple ways to tackle software product development, but typically only one right way. Would you know the difference?
Before you even begin to program the technology, you must have an understanding of the bigger picture. Similar to how a puzzle is much more difficult to assemble without the picture on the box; software product development requires that same big picture thinking.
Successful software product development requires more than just the code needed to make an application work. In order to do it well, it often takes a holistic approach to the overall process and the pain point you are trying to solve. This is more than just a dive into the technology, but a look at the overall business in general.
Many a great idea has failed not because the core hypothesis was inaccurate but because it was poorly executed.”
The Bottom Line…
It’s important to stay up to date with the current tech needs while keeping an eye on business best practices. The most successful projects are the ones that combine an innovative idea with a clear need in the marketplace. Combining business best practices with the latest changes in technology allows products to be built that are smart, stable, and in step with the times.
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Tom Swip has been developing and streamlining business processes for over 20 years. Tom’s expertise lies in business process automation, software and application design and network infrastructure. In his spare time, Tom likes kayaking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities.