A brief should detail the bigger picture ideas and plans for your software project. It can also describe some finer aspects, such as specific functions required for a website or application, but it ultimately should serve as a starting point for a project.
Director of Inoutput Chris Rickard said the content of a brief can significantly impact the length of the scoping phase, and can quite often reduce it by half.
“We’ll help flesh out features, make recommendations and provide technical expertise but it's great when a client has thought long and hard about their project, can describe the features and has put some effort into trying to sketch out how it could look,” he said.
A major benefit of providing a brief is that the concept has been fully thought through, meaning the software developers can achieve a better outcome for the client, Rickard said.
“A brief will help us understand the client’s requirements and generally provide a step of instructions or features needed to complete the project.”
The process of putting together a brief doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s a guideline of the elements you should include in a project brief:
An overview of the project’s requirements or the problem that needs to be solved is a great starting point for a brief. An overview should explain what the project is expected to achieve or what business problem needs to be solved. It should also explain why the project is being undertaken. Think of the overview as the bird’s-eye view of the project.
What timeframe are you working with to get the project started and delivered? Do you have any restrictions? Supply dates or an estimated project timeline, if possible.
It’s also helpful to provide an indication of your budget for the project so the software developer can work within practical constraints.
Need a hand putting your brief together? Inoutput can help. Contact us via their online contact form in the sidebar or phone 03 9913 8468.
Posted by Chris Rickard
Mon, 18 Jan 2016
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