Reasons why a specification makes sense...
Writing a specification is not the most exciting part of software development, but it’s arguably one of the most essential. Not only does a specification allow you, the customer, to understand or query what you are purchasing before your new system is created, but it also defines the project scope, saving you time and money.
Imagine trying to build a house without building plans. How would you understand the design, size, layout and specific features of the project?
Cost and timing would also be very difficult to estimate without an architectural plan.
Building bespoke software needs similar architecture; without an agreed specification future problems may arise.
Benefits of a specification:
Generating a quote – Writing a specification allows software development companies, like us, to really understand how the system will work and be built. We can then assess what can be used from code libraries or third party controls to make the process more efficient for you. Only once we have done this can we give you an accurate quotation.
Establishing boundaries for the project – An important role of the specification is to state what is or isn’t included within the scope of the development. We would of course add changes if they are necessary, but we would check their impact by referring to the specification so you can control the cost and deadline more easily.
Helping you and your users understand how the system will work – If you have three different user types that have different requirements from the system, they all need to read the specification. There may be something obvious that could make their job quicker that we wouldn’t have thought of without them.
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