How Proof of Concept or Pilot Project can minimize the potential risks of complex software developments?

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If you have a complex project requirement or have come up with a great product idea, the first thing we suggest you is to prove that your project or product is technically feasible. It’s imperative initially to validate yourself that the idea actually works and functions as envisioned. And this can be achieved with developing one or more Proof of Concepts before you actually start working on the architecture and design of the final deliverable. Development of POC provides many benefits in early stages, some of which are listed as follows:

  • Clearly understanding the requirements & validating the feasibility of the idea.
  • Helps in assessing the capabilities and limitations of the chosen technology for development. It helps in reducing the risks involved with using a new technology due to the fact that after building the POC successfully the new technology is not new anymore for development team.
  • Visualizing the look-and-feel of the application before actual design begins.
  • Helps in identifying the flaws in the design and correcting them without much cost & efforts.
  • Helps you in assessing the capabilities of the chosen development team and ensuring they possess all required skills to deliver the final solution as expected.
  • POC works as show-and-tell device which you can share with your investors and end-users to start building confidence and generating interest.
  • POC act as an aid in obtaining intellectual property such as a patent.
  • Minimizing the overall risk of project failure.

However there are certain key aspects of developing a POC that you should keep in mind before you begin:

  • Carefully define the features to be incorporated into the POC system.
  • For POC, choose the key features of the project – especially, those parts of the system that are susceptible to technical feasibility or represent increased risk.
  • It is important to keep in mind that a POC is just a prototype and does not represent an early version of the final deliverable. The purpose of POC is just to check the technical and overall feasibility of the idea and hence is developed quickly without lots of testing.
  • Once POC is approved, do not start the development of actual deliverable based on POC. It is recommended to discard POC and start afresh with defined architecture.

I hope this article helps you in understanding the importance of POC and minimizing the risks associated with development of a large and complex project or an idea that is still abstract. If you have any kind of requirements for POC development please do not hesitate to contact us at info@rightwaysolution.com

Posted by : Nidhi Agrawal Date : August 1, 2011

Nidhi Agrawal is Director of Engineering at Rightway Solution and Head of Design'N'Buy Web-to-Print Products.


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