7 Software Development Processes to Engineer Your Success

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Every programmer and developer makes mistakes. That’s not a criticism by any means; only a couple of posts ago an eagle-eyed user spotted a Freudian slip of mine when “baring” something in mind. Not only is it a vital part of improving in your field, but the freedom to take risks and leave errors also allows the best of the best to flex their muscles and get creative.

I mean, just so long as it doesn’t almost cause World War 3.

“The necessity of selecting and following a formal process for software development is to… avoid wastage of time, money, demoralization in developers, etc.” – Harisha K R

That’s where your software development processes come in! Here at Process Street, we’ve helped to show how processes can boost productivity, save money and all-around improve your business. So, after showing how to ace your IT processes, we’re here for another round to give you the run down on software development processes!

Take your pick from any of these ready-to-use checklists to easily execute your debugging, sprint planning, user story grooming and more. The wild world of software development awaits!

Git Workflow

software development processes - git workflow Tackling the problems posed by your user stories can be testing (pardon the pun) at the best of times. In fact, ensuring that all of them are completed to a good standard can be harder when there are multiple, easier issues to solve; the more often your software development processes are run, the greater the chance that something will go catastrophically wrong.

So, to combat the fatigue of developing god knows how many code updates, we’re kicking things off with an essential part of any self-respecting software engineering team; a rock solid git workflow. There’s no need to worry about remembering every step of your software development by heart when this bad boy’s around!

From analyzing the problems posed by your user stories to forking your code repository and coding the solution, this checklist will guide anybody and their mother through everything required during the development of software updates.

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User Story Template

software development processes - user story template Speaking of user stories, have you ever had the absolute pleasure of coming to your sprint planning call before realizing that your backlog of suggested updates, new features and reported bugs is akin to a demolished china shop?

‘Getting the details right seems to be a battle the product owner can only [lose]’ – Roman Pichler

Not only is the process of grooming your user stories into a consistent format vital to keeping up productivity, but as Roman Pichler states, the standardization itself is fraught with difficulties.

Enter our new user story template! This little doozy will guide you through the process of taking your original reports and writing them up into a standard Agile format. Labels, categories, due dates, point assessments, you name it; we’ve even kept it short enough to easily run for each user story you have.

Grab our killer user story template by clicking the button below!

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Sprint Planning

software development processes - sprint planning So, your user stories are groomed, your git workflow is up and running and your devs are chomping at the bit to be let loose on the code. It’s time to sprint!

Except, you know, they currently have no idea who’s meant to be doing which tasks and don’t have vital context on the product. To that end, it’s time to get sprint planning!

Designed to be ticked off over the course of two meetings, running this checklist will ensure that every aspect of your backlog is given proper context (such as what the most common user complaints are), then assigned to the correct sprint and developer. With tips on points distribution and crucial reminders of what to prioritize, this is one of the software development processes our own team uses!

Click that oh-so-tempting blue button to get planning your sprints quickly and concisely.

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Scrum Project Management

software development processes - scrum project management So far we’ve tackled the processes of grooming your user stories, planning your sprints and coding your updates; now it’s time to tie them all together into the best damn scrum project management checklist you ever did see.

This handy workflow will guide you through the pre-sprint preparations, testing processes and post-sprint checks that are so vital in maintaining an awesome product. Blast those bugs, polish those features and ensure the absolute highest level of customer success that you possibly can by executing this checklist alongside each of your sprints.

After all, who wouldn’t want to watch their team’s productivity shoot through the roof whilst guided by Dilbert and Patrick Stuart (or, at least, some handy hints to accompany them)?

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Software Deployment

software development processes - software deployment As the expectations of users continue to rise, software deployment practices must be carried out ever-more-frequently to keep up with demand. Bugs need to be fixed, features added or updated and all of this must maintain the highest level of security in order to protect your (and your customers’) sensitive information.

Then again, it’s not like companies are suffering large-scale data breaches as a result of weaknesses in their security measures, right?

‘Now we deploy software weekly, daily, even continuously. And that means that a software push needs to become a non-event, notable only for the exceptional disaster’ – Josh Berkus

Don’t be one of those exceptions. Ensure that every instance of deployment your team undertakes is a secure and thorough as possible by running this checklist for each update; sit safe in the knowledge that everything is going through your staging and production environments whilst being tested to high heaven.

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Software Testing Tutorial

software development processes - software testing tutorial You’d think that, due to their very nature, any tests carried out (be they on software or in school exam halls) would be checked and double-checked to the point of infallibility. Sadly, in both offshore software development processes and academic settings, that’s just not the case

software development processes - software testing tutorial vader If Vader hadn’t already demonstrated, publishing updates to your software without testing for fear of mistakes just isn’t an option either. The solution to your doubts? You guessed it; our brand spanking new software testing tutorial.

Running this checklist will guide any fresh face through the basic tests to run on code updates before they are even submitted to the test environment; use it to check both the validity of your tests and code at the same time!

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Software Debugging Process

software development processes - software debugging process To round off our foray into the wide world of software development processes, we have a cheat sheet to what can be both the most rewarding and frustrating of all; the complex, yet humble, software debugging process.

This template will stand at the core of any software engineering team, serving to guide both new and experienced employees alike through the never-ending process of fixing the inevitable errors uncovered by both your team and users.

From replicating your issues to simplifying, isolating and solving them, this slick little bug swatter has you covered in blasting away those unintended (or broken) aspects of your product.

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Ben Mulholland

Ben Mulholland is an Editor at Process Street, and winds down with a casual article or two on Mulholland Writing. Find him on Twitter here.

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