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Introduction to software development

Today, most companies are faced with IT development. The goals can be different: creating a startup, automating a business process, and so on.


There are several main ways to get an IT solution - order outsourcing development, form an IT department within the company, give the development to a freelancer, hire an outstaff contractor.


It doesn't matter which path you choose. It is important that you are aware of how the process of creating an IT solution works and what pitfalls arise on it. This will save you from unnecessary expenses and will allow you to get the desired product.


In the development , I highlight the following main sections:


1. Formulation of the concept. When you have an idea of a product, you need to transform it from the idea level to the concept level. We will learn how to formulate a concept and remove everything superfluous from it. At the exit, we will get an MVP, which we will work on.


2. Preparation. It depends on this stage whether you get the product or lose money. The formulation of the task, the definition of the budget, the design, the choice of a contractor are only a small part of the issues that we have to solve.


3. Development. At this stage, the product design is created, the technical part is developed. It is important to properly build communication with the contractor, learn how to determine the quality of services provided and many other interesting things.


4. Testing. "test it 7 times, put it into production 1 time." Some companies, including IT, neglect this important stage, although it significantly reduces financial losses in case of a failed launch. The processes of this stage overlap with the development process, but I deliberately put it in a separate section.


5. Launch and post-maintenance. The MVP release is just the tip of the iceberg. We need to collect and analyze MVP metrics, form a roadmap for the project, and understand how we will save the product from premature obsolescence.

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