One always encounters challenges and problems during designing and developing applications. Most of these challenges pop up in the initial phase of project while eliciting the software requirements or during design phase while layering out the functional requirements on to the technical architecture.
Most of these challenges are part of routine software development process and have proven solutions in terms of best practices, design patterns or technology features. However, sometimes there could be certain challenges that are specific to the project requirements and its scope.
To analyze such project specific challenges and derive optimal solution one can follow the steps below as we have observed success maximum times with this approach.
- Understand the problem context in terms of solution scope
- Define the problem in the scope of the selected technology and architecture style
- Brainstorm with the team and colleagues for possible options
- Evaluate the various options in terms of technical feasibility
- Develop a Proof of Concept (POC)
- Agree with the customer on the developed POC
- Integrate POC into the application architecture
The common challenges that you may face while doing technical analysis of design with respect to project requirements are listed below
- Multi-lingual integration
- Exception handling
- Data security
- Responsive design
- Complex mathematical algorithm implementation
- Layering out the application into different layers
- Integrating the third party components
- Communicating with the different interfaces which are developed in other technologies or even some application specific key requirements such as implementing the responsive grids on the smartphones or tablets or integrating complex calendar controls into the applications etc.
In all such cases, Proof of Concept (POC) is a very good alternative to validate the requirement and win the confidence from customers.