Overstretching

When people have a concept, they want to create it – in its entirety – as soon as possible.

Though ambition and forward planning are essential for any project, there comes a time when they can lead to over-engineering and become a hindrance. In software development, this can lead to proposed functionality being confused with overall effectiveness. In terms of app and platform development, less is more, at least at first.

There are a significant number of variables that can only be effectively measured and considered after launch; customer feedback, streamlining, accurate data, memory usage, and unforeseen functionality requirements, to name a few.

Trying to solve these issues upfront can delay the release, complicate development, and ultimately increase costs.

5 main symptoms of over stretching

  • You prioritise future functionality over current usability
  • Solving problems which you don’t have
  • Underestimating the complexity of the project
  • Ignoring established design principles
  • Assuming success is inevitable

How do we prevent ourselves from overstretching?

The user is always right

Initial usability and function should be paramount; never assume that you know what the user wants. You should make sure that you do not divert budget and resources to functionality that can be implemented in later updates when the platform’s basic structure is still unfinished. Aside from giving the product purpose, active users also highlight missing functionality more effectively than any tester.

Missing functionality isn’t a bad thing! It shows your audience want more of what you’ve got.

Version 1.0 is king

Perfection is the enemy of progress. It may seem like an oversimplification, but you must prioritise a functional platform with basic usability which can be updated and improved, over a completed, polished project.

Managing personal expectations

Excitement for a new project or a finally realised goal is understandable; here at Riselabs, we encourage it!

However, it needs to be directed into practical action, or it can become a hindrance. Success is by and large a slow burn process, and often we work toward it rather than achieving it outright. Be prepared to fail, or return to the drawing board more than once, and try to see those moments as opportunities to improve the software than as a setback.

If you have an idea you would like to get to version 1.0, or have legacy software that could be more user friendly, get in touch with Riselabs today! 

Alex

Alex

Alex works with our clients and partners daily, providing one-to-one expertise in support and developer comms. He sees all that happens in Riselabs and has the notes to prove it, so he shares that insight on our blog.