Developer Diaries: How To Develop A Killer Programme
Being a developer can be extremely rewarding. You are essentially running your own business where you create programmes, apps, and other software based materials that can benefit others. But how do you get started? How do you know whether the programme you are making is going to be a success or not. It can be tricky, and there may be a lot of trial and error but there are ways you can ensure you develop a hit sensation instead of a total flop. Here are some ways in which you can ensure your development goes well and without a hitch. You may have already considered some of these points, but if not they can help you make the difference.
Track Your Applications
You need to be sure that the applications you are using are working to a required level, if they aren’t how can you know exactly what is wrong? There are all kinds of app metrics for you that you can try. The key is finding the ones that are pertinent to what you are doing. If you get the right metrics you can track exactly what you need. It can be hard to find all the appropriate metrics in the right place, but when you do you can monitor and ensure whatever you are developing goes without a hitch. If you don’t use metrics you are opening yourself up to issues further down the line. The same is the case with website development, you need to be able to track the effects of what you are doing and benchmark them. If you don’t, you won’t know what you are doing will actually work right or not.
Ask Yourself Why You Are Making The Programme
You need to know why you are making the programme. You don’t want to end up spending weeks on developing something that nobody will use. Check that there isn’t already something similar out there, because you will be limiting your sales base. Unless you have improved upon the existing programme exponentially. Do some research. Make sure what you are creating will be used to stop you wasting your time. Ask people, use test groups and customer listening groups to really get to the bottom of the problem. If you find there is a need for what you are doing, then great. If not then maybe you should go back to the drawing board.
Test The Finished Product
When it is finished try and test it out. If you have made a website ask people to test it and look for broken links and glitches. If you have made a programme of some sort then ask people to test that too. Make sure they are people you trust and who would feel comfortable using the programme in question. This way you know their complaints will be well formed and grounded. Remember, you don’t want to release it with any issues, otherwise your reputation will take a huge hit and you’ll have to put out fires by releasing patches and updates which you don’t want to do if you can avoid it.