Why you need to engage in scoping before starting a software development project

Engaging with a software development company that offers a comprehensive scoping service will not only give you more insight into the project you want to develop, it will also bring your attention to elements you may not have already thought of.

Director of Inoutput Chris Rickard said a common discovery for a client undergoing the scoping process was realising that certain elements of their idea were not fully considered.

“Often when the client comes in with their initial idea, there are so many aspects that haven’t been thought of. Scoping allows us to refine the idea while coming up with the best ways to execute that idea” he said.

“For instance, we had one client come to us asking for a mobile app but as we started to dig a little deeper and did more research, we discovered that creating a website was a better option.”

The process of scoping is a mutually-beneficial exercise for both the client and the software development company, said Rickard.

“From our perspective, it means we can build something for the correct technical platform and ensure that every element is working hard to benefit the client,” he said.

“It also means we don’t dive head first into just writing code – we spend time with the client refining the idea. Our experience in solving problems for businesses is something we are good at, so is something unique we can offer as part of this process.”

What about the client? They get extensive insight into their idea for a project, can engage in a valuable brainstorming process and gain direct access to the expertise of software developers.
“It’s a constructive exercise for the client and gives them a clear idea of the project’s requirements before we get started,” Rickard said.

The scoping process will begin with a consultation and brainstorming meeting with the client where ideas can be explored in detail. A strategy will then be created, which may also include providing the client a user flow diagram, wireframes or interactive prototypes. Then comes the development phase where all the ideas will essentially be produced.

After development, a testing phase will ensure the entire system functions correctly and fulfils the project requirements. Once the client has signed off on the project, it will be delivered in full and Inoutput can assist with deployment, training and documentation.

But that doesn’t mean goodbye, as the team can also provide ongoing support and maintenance.
The scoping process may seem rigorous, but it is the best way to ensure a fluid process where the needs of the client’s project are fully met and realised, said Rickard.

“Because there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach, we work closely with our clients to determine the unique needs of their project.”

If you’d like to find out more about scoping your project, contact Inoutput via this contact form or phone 03 9913 8468.