Sunday, March 2, 2014

World-class Website Development Company Best Practices

Nearly every web development company and business in the world has an IT counterpart. Whether you are automating your billing, creating your first online ordering site or simply computerizing your payroll (like Payroll Hero), you need a developer sooner or later.

Even if you don’t have plans to have your own development team, it is still handy to know the best practices in terms of website development. There are a couple that you can apply to your day-to-day tasks.

Limit the work in progress

Nothing slows down work faster than being bogged down with too many things to do. One look at your to-do list and you already feel defeated. You don’t want this to happen to any kind of team, most especially to a software development team.

How do you do this?

•    Each developer or team member must only have at most 3 things working on at any given time.
•    Put things on hold if there are dependencies (like an upgrade, additional requirements are needed or you need images to complete a page)
•    Remove items that don’t have to be done ASAP
•    Mark things as done when you have seen that they are already done so that they are removed from the list.

Limiting work in progress is a value shared in the Kanban process popularized by Japan’s Mitsubishi motors.

Filter and Prioritize Requests!

A huge part of limiting your work in progress depends on being able to prioritize and filter the requests that your development team gets. From identifying which are the most crucial things to do to knowing which things can wait, it is best to categorize your very long wishlist.

What is the advantage of doing this? This helps your team focus on what is really necessary, making them fully understand that the work at hand is the most important task to finish. This also helps them understand that a delay in one task affects your backlog of items.

Non-stop R&D efforts

You found a great team if you know that there is constant R&D (research and development) efforts to initiate progress and innovation. It can be as simple as how to speed up the current content upload process to lowering the cost of servers to even creating new products to offer to existing customers.

Working Code Over Extensive Documentation!

At the end of the day, it is more important to have working code rather than lots and lots of specifications in neatly written documents. This is one of the cornerstones of the popular development method, Agile.

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