How to De-Risk Application Development — Zerone Consulting

De-Risk Application Development

Building and maintenance of software is a tricky business. From high overheads to understanding customer wants, developers face multiple challenges in meeting the goals. Due to conflicting priorities, lack of clarity in responsibilities, or improper process implementation, day-to-day operational activities get hampered. Application development teams find it challenging to develop future-proof applications, tackle backlog-related issues, drive ownership in long-term projects, bring costs down, and manage attrition in the team. This increases the emphasis on strategic planning for efficient risk management.

What are some common risks in application development, and how can an Agile approach mitigate them? Let’s find out.

#1: App definition


POC and prototyping demonstrate functionality and verifies feasibility. The key is translating abstract ideas to functional specifications/features backlog or a rapid proof-of-concept/prototype to gather feedback to validate hypothesis and test ideas. Build today, but plan for tomorrow.

#2: Partner speaks Agile, but there is a black-box scenario


By understanding business priorities and are in sync with customer needs, Agile quickly determines what should come first. The key is sorting out features, prioritizing tasks, and quick iterations. The team ensures short turnarounds with feedback implementation.

#3: Working across time zones


Daily standups, structured communication, routine check-ins, and real-time collaboration in the organization can keep teams in multiple time zones on the same page at all times.

#4: Deployment & DevOps


Systems, tools, and processes for CI/CD aim at minimizing weak areas during deployment and release processes. By testing, reviewing, and running test cases automatically, DevOps facilitates a collaborative approach while enhancing code quality and providing reports.

#5: Budget overruns


True Agile allows development spending in a metered manner, only paying for what is deployed and not for effort. Agile practices find a way not to build unused functionality. By focusing on the business value of every activity, the development team decreases the risk of cost overruns by avoiding costly activities that do not provide value.

#6: People risks


Agile encourages completing small batches of work. It is all about project planning, creating visibility into roles, hiring mitigation plans, and knowledgebase documentation. Agile teams are transparent with their progress by continually collecting status reports.

From team processes to development practices, everything in Agile is purposely simple. With a focus on business value, Agile minimizes technical debt and accurately estimates the work involved in a project. Rapid and iterative delivery decreases the risk of building the wrong functionality that fails to solve the user’s problem. Agile teams collaborate much more effectively than other software models in de-risking application development projects.

To know more about de-risking application developments and Agile technologies to transform your business radically, talk to an expert today.

Originally published at on November 29, 2019.

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