Some Common Myths about Software Development Debunked
Software development is not an exact science. Something that works for one team and project may not work the same way with another. There is no single way to build a product. Sometimes, due to personal bad experiences or due to lack of understanding, many people have exaggerated expectations of what building software looks like. All of those assumptions and myths prevent us from completely understanding how business processes can be improved and automated by top-quality programming.
Let’s look at the myths about software development that are not so true.
The more, the merrier
The most common myth while developing software is adding people to the development team makes it better and saves time. But, the truth is, adding people to a project causes friction due to issues in training and collaboration and thus, tends to prolong the timeframe. It will eventually slow it down.
When the product is released, the development is over
There is another myth that development ends at the time you submit it to the App Store. In actuality, software development is an ongoing process and for a live, active app it can never be over. The focus turns on receiving feedback from the users and incorporating that feedback into continuous improvements in the product. If you will not update it regularly, the app might even be removed from the App Store as abandonware.
The waterfall method still works
There are a number of people who still believe that a system can be specified in detail before building it. This is almost impossible. Some also believe that the agile method doesn’t involve any planning. The fact is, waterfall promotes planning before the building which poses a lot of restrictions in the flexibility and adoption. On the other side, Agile allows ongoing planning where changes are made as the project goes along in an iterative manner.
Software development is expensive
This is the most popular yet common myth about software development. Because of this understanding that all the software requires so much budget, many companies do not understand the capabilities of custom software that can improve their business. For sure, the software that needs to handle a lot of operations and bundles of data may need more budget than the one with fewer bells and whistles. Because of this, companies end up buying software that is on fit for all and doesn’t fit their requirements too.
Software is always bug-free
Quality assurance and testing is surely a vital part of a software development project, but still, you can’t make sure every bug will be fixed before the release. Testing is an ongoing process and you must be prepared to address those issues even after the release.
These are only some myths about software development. There are many more false beliefs and misconceptions about this mysterious process and are still believed to be true.
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