Production Plan - Software

A software production plan provides operative context for the management and operational leadership of software companies.

The purpose of developing a clearly defined plan is to align the efforts and objectives of each individual and group towards a common goal. 

Plans typically contain 6 important steps to ensure that the software being created is effectively developed, and minimizes the potential for error.

Here we examine each step of a typical software development plan: 


1. Definition and Analysis of Requirements

-    Definition of the application’s purpose & key features.

-    Analysis and drafting of the application’s specifications.

2. Design

-    Development & validation of the prototype and user interface.

-    Representation of use cases through collaboration diagrams.

-    Wire-framing the design model.

-    Development & implementation of wireframe model.

-    Generation and analysis of the test model from use cases.

3. Development

-    Code development from the design models.

-    Testing the code according to plans & use cases.

-    Review for Debugging.

4. Integration & Testing

-    Formal development & integration of the application.

-    Quality testing.

-    Customer satisfaction tests & feedback.

-    Review for Debugging.    

5.  Deployment 

-    Structure & analysis of the Deployment plan.

-    Submission to Apple App & Google Play Stores.  

-    Deployment of the software from website & distributors.

-    Customer satisfaction tests & feedback.

6.  Maintenance 

-    Review of the software's functionality.

-    Analysis of customer feedback.

-    Update of the software for improved functionality.

-    Development of customer support structure.


The last, but critical step formulating an effective software development plan is to cynically review the outline and modify it to best meet the needs of the business.

Ultimately the goal is to develop software that best satisfies the expectations of customers and fulfills the objectives of the executive leadership. 

Following this outline can ensure that the software being developed by a company successfully meets the criteria set by it's leadership. 

And, the implementation of testing and feedback analysis at each stage of develop can help development teams minimize the risk of potential error and process breakdown.

In software, building, testing, & adapting represent a looped process, meaning that it never ends. 

With a clear development plan and model, the process can become very efficient, and the business can benefit both internally from harmonious operations, and externally from strong sales or a large community of engaged users. 

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