If your entire business is based on a product, you'll eventually get to the point where you need to scale up your software development team and resources.
This could be for a variety of reasons like your customer base that starts growing faster or the fact that you want to implement new features into your product that will make it adapt to changing marketing conditions.
When this time comes, your one option is to hire new developers to get all the work done. The problem is, however, that efficient software development resources need to scale up and down as your needs evolve.
So, if you hire new developers, and you need to scale your resources down, you're sitting with several developers on your payroll. This ends up costing you more in the long run and reducing your profit.
The solution is to outsource your software development. It's a great option when you lack the internal resources necessary to get your product out faster but are hesitant to hire a team of developers.
When you do this, you'll move from handcrafting everything yourself, to becoming excellent in the manufacturing process. In this process, you'll focus on writing tasks so that anyone can do the development of your product.
As a result, you'll be able to scale your software resources without any limits. With this post, we'll look at this concept in more detail.
Your first step is to organize your product roadmap into cycles. At its core, your product roadmap is a high-level visual summary that maps out the direct action you want to take with your product offering over time.
In simple terms, the product roadmap shows you the why and what behind the product you are building. So, considering this, your product roadmap will have all the planned features of your product and what updates you'll make in the future.
To make this workload more achievable, you'll break your roadmap up into pieces. Here, it's important to keep in mind that the human mind can hold, at most, 5 to 9 pieces of information in its working memory.
Ultimately, you'll break the roadmap up into development cycles. Each of these cycle sprints needs to be focused on a specific area of your product and connected so that your developers can use the information properly. To achieve this, you'll assign, at most, 5 to 7 tasks to each cycle.
Once you have your focus cycles, you'll know exactly what needs to be done to implement specific features of your product. And based on these cycles you can then organize the tasks into two data streams, market data and tech data. You'll write your tasks to understand your market or your deck solution better.
Each of these tasks should state the outcome clearly. In other words, they should be outcome-focused. Each task will also include any assumptions that you know but you would still need validation of. Also, these tasks should include the acceptance criteria which will describe how a completed task would look like.
Ultimately, the task should implement a specific feature of your product and should describe exactly how it works and what the specific feature should do.
With your tasks in hand, you'll be able to send them to any developer within your team either on-site or remotely. The developer will then be able to build an on-demand module that adds the functionality you want to your product.
Using the highly detailed tasks based on your focus cycles which, in turn, are based on your roadmap, the developer receiving the task does not need to learn or understand what the larger product is about. The developer can still get the development done.
This is simply because they need to know what the module inputs and expected outputs are. And this information you provide to the developer in the task.
In a competitive software development market, you need scalability, and your success is largely driven by how fast you can deliver a product or updates to an existing product.
Ultimately, when outsourcing your software development, you have unlimited scalability, whether it's up or down. And, as a result of this way of working, you'll be able to pivot faster based on changing market needs. Therefore, you'll make more profit.
In order to achieve this, you need someone who can help you in integrating the modules into the larger system while also documenting the architecture. You'll then be able to generate more profit and ensure success for some time to come.
If you want to know more about how we can help you with this, visit our website or contact us for more information. At NerdCloud, we are the pioneers in future proof software development, and we give you direct access to dozens of senior developers who can work as part of your team.
This means you'll be able to scale your development up or down as needed. We are also flexible and efficient, and we take on every task no matter how big or small.