Product development is the creation of a new or different product that offers innovative new benefits to the end user. This includes both the creation of an entirely new product and modifications to an existing product. These changes or new introductions may be targeting a newly defined customer requirement or a niche category in the market.
Design and Development
The product architecture is the foundation of a software system that comprises key elements, hosting network, and the development environment with data modules. By designing the product architecture, you can make sure the software system will meet the current requirements of the customer, and also ensure that future requirements can be addressed and accommodated.
The requirements are broken down further to forecast the timeline and estimate efforts; once requirements are clearly detailed, technical resources are identified, specific tasks are assigned to each individual, and they are provided with the necessary documentation required to begin the development process. Specific designs and workflows for the application as well as the tools and technology on which the solution will be built are identified. Based on the development approach, tasks are broken down and the product can be completed within the defined timeline. Several key documents including the design document, the functional requirement specification document, and coding standards that will be followed during the final delivery are created.
Sustainable Product Engineering
Since quality is key to the success of any software product, the quality assurance stage involves build installation, system testing, bug fixing, user acceptance testing (UAT), and test report generation. After a release has been completed, the development and testing phases are performed iteratively as issues are found, corrected, and verified. At the end of this phase, a stable product with minimal issues is ready for deployment. It is always best to allow time for UAT testing before approving an application for production implementation.
Sustainability ensures that the software will continue to be available in the future, on new platforms, and meeting new needs. Sustainability ensures the software product is easy to evolve, satisfies its intent over time, survives uncertainty, and supports relevant concerns. The way sustainability is approached will depend on many factors, such as how important the software is, its maturity level, the size of its community, and the resources available for achieving sustainability.