5 Steps to Create a Winning Product Strategy

Though both of these things will undoubtedly play a part, developing a successful product is not usually the result of luck, or even of giving it one’s all. Instead, by and large, success comes down to a well-thought-out strategy. Nonetheless, when working on a new software product, we often fixate upon our own product vision and completely forget about where our strategy should be coming from.

Yet this — it must be said — is a largely senseless pursuit that is very much akin to a caneless blind man, happily fumbling across a busy motorway.

So to help you avoid this hazardous pitfall, today, Software Planet would like to present customers with some extremely helpful suggestions on the best way to go about devising one’s product strategy:

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Making Valuable Predictions with Linear Regression

If you’ve not been living under a rock, you’ve probably already heard about machine learning (ML) technology. After all, on Software Planet’s blog page alone, this topic has already been covered from multiple angles — see here, here and here, for example.

But to those of you who are still furrowing your brows, this not only represents the current state of AI today, but it is also how developers can create “intelligent” products, like the Amazon Alexa or Apple’s much-lauded Siri.

Though of course, none of these would be possible without complex ML algorithms, it is the simple linear regression that enables accurate predictions.

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How to Lower Development Costs

With the time and willingness on our hands, it quickly becomes difficult to sit back and twiddle our thumbs. Naturally, therefore, when beginning new software projects, our customers are often filled with an eager desire to help.

Of course, in these particular cases, most of the work will still be left to the software engineers; yet here at Software Planet, there is always room for expediting development.

In fact, by following the steps outlined in this article, not only will companies profit from noticeably faster deliveries, but developers too should likely benefit from a clearer understanding of the project at hand.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the main things that you can start doing today to help speed up development — and concurrently, as a byproduct, effectively lower development costs!

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Software Planet’s Dictionary of Do’s and Don’ts

Just as with many other areas in life, in the software development world, there’s a lot that hangs on communication. After all, a single misplaced word can result in monumental misunderstandings, sparking people to become offended, befuddled, dismayed, or even outright outraged as they go about their day.

So while of course, at SPG, we certainly do not expect our customers to be immediately aware of all the lexicon to adopt and avoid, we would like to provide some helpful instruction to ensure communication goes as swimmingly as possible.

This is best explained through a dictionary of do’s and don’ts:

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Gamify Your Workplace

While Emily Blunt may have been positively enchanting portraying everyone’s favourite nanny on the big screen last year, who can forget Julie Andrews’ classic words from the 1964 original:

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game!”

In that very short sentence, Mary Poppins was able to convey a powerful message of work engagement that as is typical with rebellious children, would go on to be ignored for decades to come. In fact, only now is the true hidden wisdom behind those words being rediscovered today.

This is thanks to gamification.

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How to Hire the Best Developers

The amateur juggler sits nervously at the dimly lit desk, knowing full well that his clumsy, shaking hands might at any moment knock the candle over, and set the whole tent office ablaze. Breathe, he tells himself. Get it together.

Across the table, the circus director looks over at the strapping young man before him and quickly gathers his notes for the standard interview questions.

“Ok, Mr… Beansley, is it?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Can you juggle more than three items at once?” the director asks, patiently scanning the candidate from behind his tiny, round spectacles.

Phew. He won’t have to lie for this one.

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Agile for Larger Projects

It is no secret that when the Agile methodology was first conceived, this was done with fairly small development teams in mind. Yet today, with Agile’s increasing popularity in software companies across the globe, the old adage “less is more” might finally be losing its original punch.

Instead, more and more providers are now tending towards the notion that with a few clever tweaks and tricks, large Agile teams are still able to maintain the same agility as their smaller counterparts.

So without further ado, let us take a look at some of the most prominent scaling techniques available at the moment and explain how we at Software Planet are efficiently rising up to this challenge.

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Pitfalls of the Estimation Process

No estimation process can ever be foolproof, and the same is true when dealing with user stories. For this reason, in this article, Software Planet would like to lay out a few of the most common pitfalls that stand dangerously in the way of preparing reliable — and achievable — estimates.

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The Road to Continuous Deployment

Anyone experienced with traditional IT environments will probably be familiar with the age-old tension between releasing new features and guaranteeing stability. In these unfortunate circumstances, development and production teams work separately from one another, paving the way for a series of issues in both delivery fluidity and compatibility.

This is very much akin to sprucing up a big, circular cake and somehow attempting to fit it into a much smaller — possibly star-shaped — box for delivery. Just as you would likely have to slice the cake up in order to make it fit inside the awkward packaging, due to the natural differences between development and production environments, operations teams must tweak any code that is sent their way.

Of course, in this day and age, the industry demands agility. So in order to get around this issue and expedite the delivery process, here at Software Planet, we make use of continuous deployment — a practice that while admittedly requiring a series of big changes to attain, has the power to take your production capacity to exciting new levels.

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