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Software Development Project Plan | Our Template

Welcome to EZtek’s Blog! In this article , we will discuss the importance of software development plans. Stay till the end to find out how we reduce the risks associated with planning. We’ll also share our best practices proven by years of experience. Make sure you follow not to miss our newest insights in the world of tech.

What is a Software Development Plan?

A software development plan describes the development process step by step. It covers:

  • Planning
  • Ideation
  • Development
  • Documentation
  • Deployment
  • Launch
  • Maintenance

The goal of a software development plan is to answer the following questions:

#1 Which functionality is chosen to solve this problem?
#2 Which tasks need to be formed to develop the described functionality?
#3 What is the order of the feature development?
#4 Who is involved in the project?
#5 How is responsibility divided among the team members?
#6 What are the expected dependencies in the product?
#7 What quality metrics will define the efficiency of the project and the quality of the product?

How do we write a Software Development Plan?

#1 Introduction

This section describes the purpose of the software development project and products. We include:

  • Product description: product concept goals for the development
  • Project needs: this section refers to business and functionality objectives.
  • Abbreviations: describing all the used acronyms, special symbols, etc.

#2 Project Organization

In this section, we state the team’s structure, assign the managers of the project and their responsibilities. You can create a table like the picture next to. Also, we need to describe the involved external groups. Other teams and experts that developers will interact with. Usually, there are external groups of QA, deployment and marketing experts.

#2 Project Organization

In this section, we state the team’s structure, assign the managers of the project and their responsibilities. You can create a table like the picture next to. Also, we need to describe the involved external groups. Other teams and experts that developers will interact with. Usually, there are external groups of QA, deployment and marketing experts.

#3 Management

We include:

  • Estimates: predicted duration and cost of the project
  • Project Plan: meaning an approximate schedule, the project’s main stages and available resources.
  • Development Phases
  • Objectives
  • Release Plants with the expected release dates and status, beta, demo, alpha, etc.
    Resourcing: describing available and unavailable skills, hardware and software.

#4 Steps of Project Control

We need to list actions and approaches we’ll take to oversee the quality of the project and the team’s efficiency.

#5 Maintenance and Support

We describe which information and assistance will be provided to the stakeholders. It can include a separate testing plan and ways of handling tech debt. Developers should be held accountable for technical issues that are found in their code. This is something we strongly believe in EZtek. We often hear stories of irresponsible dev teams and the damage these teams made for the business.

The next point in the maintenance section is documentation our development team guarantees to deliver and the description of post-release cooperation, as well as future releases. We believe that setting up a clear algorithm for further support of the project ensures its long-term viability and scalability.

Possible Risks of Project Planning

  • First, estimates are highly approximate. If a vendor promises to deliver everything at some definite time and on a budget, these experts lack experience in planning. A trustworthy team always takes margins of error into account.
  • The bigger the scope, the higher the risks, the more stages there are in a project, the more bottlenecks can occur.
  • Plans can tackle wrong needs. It’s necessary to rewrite a software development plan and make sure it always suits the latest project needs.
    Plans do not correlate with users’ best interests. Defining your target audience and talking to potential clients is the key stage of successful software development planning.
  • All teams aren’t on the same page. If you have external teams, make sure you include them in the process of planning.

Our team's best practices for creating a software development plan

#1 Break the process of creating a plan into modules. We suggest defining each plan section as a module and assigning responsible team members.
#2 Research must be shared in real time
#3 The plan must be constantly revisited and modified.
#4 The team must ask for users’ opinions.

All in all, software development planning is just as impactful as the development itself. It’s a long-term investment, a plan will be one of your main documents for years. You can even reuse approaches in other projects and for other products.

Our team's best practices for creating a software development plan

#1 Break the process of creating a plan into modules. We suggest defining each plan section as a module and assigning responsible team members.
#2 Research must be shared in real time
#3 The plan must be constantly revisited and modified.
#4 The team must ask for users’ opinions.

All in all, software development planning is just as impactful as the development itself. It’s a long-term investment, a plan will be one of your main documents for years. You can even reuse approaches in other projects and for other products.

This article was prepared by the EZtek’s team. We provide software development, UI/ UX design, QA & testing and IT consulting services.
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