In a quickly evolving marketplace, founders need software development with rapid and Agile delivery. Delivering software products can be challenging due to financial struggles, incorrect internal process engineering, ineffective cooperation within the team, and various other additional pitfalls.
So, what can help startups increase their chances to succeed in bringing their custom software to life and reach their business goals? Here, we’ll review the most vital aspects that should be considered:
Proof of Concept (PoC)
Risk and uncertainty are inevitable at the beginning of any innovation project. Still, it is possible to minimize this risk by getting proof that the new product will work before investing the time, money, and other resources to bring the idea to life. We believe that it is necessary to create a proof of concept before proceeding with full-scale development in software development since any innovative idea needs to be validated during the pre-development phase and before attracting investors.
Although it may be tempting to take successful ventures as an example, it is crucial to remember the concept of survival bias-essentially treating success stories as inevitable, while forgetting about all the similar concepts that have failed.
Even though emulating previous successes can be a worthy goal, we highly recommend investing in research, studying the market competitors, and identifying unique selling propositions.
Proof of concept demonstrates the feasibility and potential success of a method, idea, or technology. Even if a startup’s technological stack is generally accepted, a proof of concept helps to compare the effectiveness of applying a particular technical solution to the task at hand to achieve the optimal result.
A well-conducted proof of concept automatically makes clear if the idea is technically viable.
It is also necessary to make sure that prototypes are clickable, since a prototype allows a startup to demonstrate a product view and discover and make necessary changes at a lower cost. Prototypes will enable the product owner, development team, and other stakeholders to synchronize their vision for the final product. This is especially useful when demonstrating the business vision to potential investors.
Let’s take a look at some of the significant benefits of prototyping before development starts:
- Visualize product requirements
- Get an idea of the appearance and functionality of the final product
- Get an intermediate result to plan the next steps; this is useful for both startups and investors
- Test the effectiveness of the business logic; this is especially relevant when using clickable prototypes, as they allow you to model user flows
- Make changes before the code and design are ready, saving time and money.
- Estimate realistic timelines and cost estimates.
Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
MVP allows the development team to make sure the product is relevant and in-demand – or, conversely, to abandon it in a timely manner. The basic idea behind MVP is to create a product that can be offered to real users, with the minimum functionality necessary to provide value, and then observe the reaction and refine the product according to the feedback received.
No matter how bright the idea may seem initially, it is not yet a tangible product or a tangible result. A startup can make great strides in investing wisely in its new development by creating an MVP.
– Save money by minimizing investment in a potentially doomed project
– Ensure that the product will resonate with the target audience
– Prove the functional effectiveness of the product
– Stay abreast of constantly changing market trends
– Gather a database of real users and early adopters.
For startups looking to develop successful applications, planning is key. It’s always a good idea to make a list of desired features and functions and then prioritize the implementation of each component. It is advisable to start on a more modest scale, launch the product, and get feedback from users.
By applying all or some of our suggestions, startups can plan more efficiently and significantly increase their chances of success in creating and launching an innovative product.