What is Great Software Development?
How do I achieve Great Software Development for my project?
For instance, be sure your software engineers are using well-established software development frameworks. In the web world, for custom apps, the backend would be something like Symfony, or Rails, or Django. The front-end might involve a templating engine like Twig, a JS front-end like Angular, and a CSS framework like Bootstrap.
Using these frameworks helps to ensure your developers are following industry best-practices, like the MVC (model view controller) pattern, Service Oriented Architecture, and other software engineering design patterns that have been long established.
Another good idea is to ensure your engineers are utilizing an ORM or ODM system. These acronyms stand for Object (Relational | Document) Mapping. Most modern software architecture is object-oriented, yet most data storage structures are not. Object oriented programming is a really wise and efficient way to organize and write software, and relational / document databases are really wise and efficient data storage mechanisms. ORM / ODM ‘s manage the interaction between the software and the data store, enabling object-oriented ways to interface with relational and/or document storage engines.
One final tidbit we’ll share for now relates to how the project is managed. The agile software development method is probably the smartest approach available for most projects. The core principles of agile software development include developing features by order of priority, time-boxing feature development into “sprints” each between 1 and 4 weeks, daily scrums to stay apprised of developer progress and challenges, client check ins that bookend each sprint, and an understanding that priorities and requirements will change over time.