5 Tips For More Efficient Software Development

Developing software solo or as a team effort always poses the question of how to increase your work and team efficiency. Luckily when I started my first software business, I had a fantastic team that helped me so I didn’t need to outsource a team. 

But most start-ups aren’t as fortunate and is one of the major reasons why many of them close shop.

But once you have a great team, how do you make sure that they are incredibly productive? Being able to boost your productivity will allow you to stay focused and finish deliverables in a timely manner. The key to success within the software industry lies within the careful planning and preparation of your work day. Here are 5 tips for more efficient software development.

1. Clear Your Work Environment:

Having a positive, healthy, and distraction-free work environment is vital to be productive in the workplace.

2. Organize Your Priorities:

Improving your documentation and keeping everything updated and prioritized will greatly help your development process.

3. Plan Your Development Process:

Before your fingers even touch the keyboard, plan out how you want to handle the task at hand. Many programmers spend hours in front of whiteboards before they even begin typing.

4. Avoid Overworking Yourself:

Working past your productive point is a waste of time. Crunch time is an unavoidable part of the tech industry, but it is also the most taxing on one’s brain power. Fixing previous mistakes that you’ve made due to being over worked is doubling your original efforts.

5. Try Out Agile Development:

Agile development is an alternative too traditional or waterfall project management that focuses on being an incremental and iterative process. It’s an umbrella term that encompasses popular methodologies such as Scrum, Crystal, and Lean Development.

Snippet from an article written by the Inc.com columnist Chirag Kulkarni, Co-Founder & CEO, Insightfully