In the Information Systems industry, as in other related industries, the challenge in deploying the latest solutions is timing. In the software industry, the time that it takes to get a product, solution and new deployments is a key factor for the benefits they offer.
In delivering new software products, there is the expression you have to shoot the programmer and ship the product. Now no one takes this literally, but the message is the product development cycle could go on forever as new functions are added along the way. However, if the product never reaches the intended user, all is for naught.
The same can be said for software projects and the deployment of the latest products that could benefit their intended users. Below are some ways learned to reduce project cycle time for their delivery.
Planning is very significant. One of the challenges during the planning cycle is when everyone wants to get started with the project and is looking for early tangible results. Breaking down the project into milestones and phases will give everyone a better understanding of the progress with visible stages. Read more