As a software engineer, you’ve probably spent a fair amount of time building your software’s internal and external tests. Even if you’re now happy with your codebase and can make the final call on which parts of it to integrate into your business’s software, the rest is still subject to review and change until you’re happy with how it all works. Reducing risk is difficult and requires a more advanced mindset than most software engineers have for software development. But when you look closely, even the most junior developers can build a quality product with the help of solid documentation, solid testing practices, and some good old-fashioned hard work.
Building a studio from scratch can be a daunting task. It’s important to consider the space, equipment, and staff needed for a successful studio. Depending on your budget and goals, you can choose to utilize a shared workspace or set up a dedicated space for your studio. Equipment should include powerful and reliable computers, adequate software and development tools, and a backup system.
These are four simple tips that will take you from “ideal” to “realistic” in no time at all.
Define your highest-priority tasks
First, let’s get this thing out of the way right away. You don’t have to do everything in one go, but you do need to begin thinking about the smaller tasks first, to gain a head start on the larger ones. This means, first and foremost, your highest priority tasks. First, we’ll start with your main selling points: why would you want to do this job? And then we’ll move on to your main challenges and opportunities regarding software development.
Set clear goals
Now that you’ve defined your highest-priority tasks, it’s time to put them on the map. First, set clear goals. Here are two goals worth considering: your most likely role in the product, and the role of your manager. Your most likely role: Why would you want to do this job? Your most likely role: What will happen if I do this job well?
Use the practice to test
For the most part, you shouldn’t do anything during your free time that is outside of your normal working hours. Why not? Because you need to test the theory, not the practice! Some real-world tests include running a quick test on your computer, creating a test case, and running it on a real system. If you do this almost every day and make some small steps improvements can result in a big impact on your product. This should be the main goal of your software development endeavor.
Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback
It’s human nature to shy away from feedback, afraid it’ll condemn you to failure. But that shouldn’t be the case. Asking has many benefits: it shows you know what you need to do, who you need to interview, and what questions need answering. And it gives you a chance to show your manager that you know what you’re talking about. You may even receive a friendly knock on the shoulder and be given a heads-up on what you need to do next.
If you’ve taken the first four tips and applied them to your code you’ve got yourself a software development studio. You’ve reduced the risk of building a great product by understanding your highest-priority tasks, setting clear goals, using practice to test, and using feedback to improve. You’ve also come to appreciate the value of feedback and have found ways to use it effectively. All in all, your studio is more than just a software house. It’s a team of professionals who work together daily, learning from one another. You’ve taken an important step towards building a great software studio. With proper planning and resources, you can have a successful studio that is capable of producing amazing projects. Now it’s up to you to implement these four tips and bring your software to life.