What is Done During Analytical Stage of Software Development?

From Idea to MLP (Minimum Loveable Product)

Product development usually follows a process separated into stages or steps, through which a company conceives:

  • product concept (idea generation)
  • researches (product validation ensures you’re creating a product people will pay for and that you won’t waste time, money, and effort on an idea that people don’t need)
  • project planning
  • prototypes
  • designs
  • development
  • tests
  • launch into the market

What if it seems that the idea is already sharpened? Why do I need the analytics process then?

According to Info Tech research, poor requirements are the reasons for 70% of unsuccessful software projects. This may lead to financial losses, wasted time and effort, and disillusionment (we will take a closer look at all the possible circumstances below). You may avoid these stumbling blocks and assure the adoption of best-practice approaches by working closely with an analyst at the outset of a project.

Possible outcomes of skipping the analysis stage

  • Inability to logically structure a development process
  • Postponement of a current release
  • Incapacity of long-term planning
  • Waste of development hours on functionality redesign
  • Radical change of initial estimation
  • Unrealistic time and costs estimation due to lack of requirements decomposition
  • Team members may idle and be removed from the project due to lack of tasks at the current time period
  • The team doesn’t include the essential specialist as there were no special requirements gathered for the particular feature in the very beginning
  • Some tasks may require parallel development
  • Constant hole patching instead of building a clear coherent vision
  • with the customer
  • within the team
  • Customer and team have different product vision
  • Fragmented documentation
  • Choice of more expensive functionality instead of simple and elegant solutions
  • Architectural limitations
  • Inconsistency or the requirements and logical holes

Preparation stage

So, as we have identified the significance of the analytical stage of software development, let’s dive into the details.

  • Target audience and their pains
  • Competitors
  • Best practises in the industry

Requirement analysis

At the next stage of the analysts phase, we will start to design the system from requirement preparation. Requirements analysis is a vital procedure that determines the success of a system or software project. Functional and non-functional requirements are the two sorts of requirements.

Wireframing

Testing

Once the wireframe is entirely adhering to the user stories and you are satisfied with the requirements, we are going to the QA stage to ensure quality and consistency of the prototype.

  • Completeness. A set of requirements is regarded as complete if all of its basic pieces are represented and each component is completed with a logical end.
  • Unambiguity. Each component must be clearly and precisely stated, allowing for a distinct interpretation. The request should be legible and comprehensible.
  • Consistency. Requirements should not be in conflict with one another or wireframe.
  • Validity. Requirements should meet the expectations and needs of the final user.
  • Feasibility. The scenarios must be possible to implement.
  • Testability. We should be able to create economically feasible and simple-to-use tests for each need to indicate that the tested product meets the required functionality, performance, and current standards. This implies that each claim must be measured, and testing must be carried out under appropriate conditions.

Concept design

Optionally, as a part of the analytical process, you may request concept design of the product. Conceptual design is an early stage of the design process in which we establish the broad outlines of something’s purpose and form. It entails comprehending people’s needs and determining how to address them through products. These are pictures that will demonstrate the concept’s “mood” and colors in further depth.

Conclusion

The better the team understands the big picture, the better the final product will be. It is crucial to have solid relationships and a deep level of understanding between the team and customer, and that is what an analyst can fully provide. The price and time estimates you will get from the development team are as precise as the requirements are. After the analytics, it’s possible to give an estimate with +- ~10% deviation. These will help to assure improved cost management, delivery, and meeting business goals.

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