Productivity on software project can be viewed from several perspectives:
- Projects are finished in fastest time
- Decrease in project costs
- The developer can offer increased value
Recent studies show that there is high unproductivity, estimated around 50% from the developers during their time on the software project. There are factors affecting the productivity in a software site:
- Low level of planned management
- Unforeseen error
- Do development all over again because of the poor understanding of the requirements
- Completing client ad-hoc requirements lists
Five methods to increase productivity
5 methods to help increase productivity in your software project in order to increase the profit margins:
The most important thing that software company should always do is complete analysis of every single phase of the development process in order to understand which the points are where productivity can be improved. They should start by measuring key factors and setting benchmarks. But all the analysis can be worth nothing if you do not have the right person to delegate the tasks. He needs to find a way how to motivate the team, check if everything is going on according to the plan, ensure that the software projects would be completed in previously estimated time frame.
Track and measure progress
Essential of every implementing plan is to track and measure your progress. As we mentioned earlier you must have a person who will take care of your software projects to be done on time. For that goal to be achieved, you should check daily what was done by the developer and complete weekly or monthly reports about it. These reports would enable you to measure the progress more accurately so there would be increased productivity through cost savings, improved quality work and more satisfied workers.
Improve efficiency by training your team
An important element to improving productivity is increasing efficiency on the project by training your team. Software companies should always be ready to train their team in order to deliver a higher quality of work. How to use the new automation tools is one of the skills that could immediately deliver results in productivity. Mastering skills through training is measurable benefit since the developers could better understand the new techniques that will deliver greater profits and cut the costs.
Implementation of new technology
Implementing new technology in the project or in the whole company is one of the core forces that would surly increase the productivity and raise the profit margins. New technologies like automation software and more efficient project management software can immediately show their ROI in productivity.
One step ahead planning
The biggest problem in software projects is “waiting” that is result of bad planning. Sometimes factor that are beyond your possibility for control, but your team’s ability is always in your hands and is up to you to plan their tasks in order to finish the job in time with the highest quality. That is why one step ahead planning is so important. Predicting the forces or factor that could affect the job or in other words productivity of the project must be considered beforehand so when they would arrive you will be prepared how to treat them in use them to improve the productivity.
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