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16 Software development project ideas

Every startup needs a great idea. Something unique and compelling. Startup businesses succeed when they find a customer need that they can fulfill. Startup businesses and independent software developers constantly search for just such needs.

Software development budget estimation

An unlimited budget would make many teams very happy. But that approach has pitfalls. If the team works without much oversight or customer input, they may waste money. They might create features that the customers won’t use.

What are the differences between Agile and Waterfall?

These days, most software development teams choose Agile methodology to organize their work. The Agile vs. Waterfall debate still rages, though. Many people question whether Agile works better than Waterfall in all circumstances. Does Agile deliver great ROI? Does Agile help teams work faster? Let’s take a close look at...

Converting Story Points to Hours: Why Doesn’t It Work?

In traditional software development, teams would describe the amount of work they had in hours. But Agile software development teams have a better way. Agile teams use Story Points to estimate the work they have ahead of them. Let’s take a closer look at Story Points and hours, and examine...

Scrum vs. Extreme Programming (XP): What’s the difference?

We've covered the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and the Agile development framework. Now it's time to look at different methodologies and approaches to their implementation. There are several, but we'll focus in this article on just two of them, Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP). We'll look at the differences...

The Scrum Sprint cycle explained

Agile Scrum teams break down large development projects into small bursts of activity, called Sprints. A Sprint in Agile is a short, time-boxed period where a software development team completes work. They choose which items and fixes they will tackle in Sprint Planning Meetings. The Sprint cycle sits at the...

Use Cases vs. User Stories: relationships and differences

Any good Agile team knows the difference between Use Cases and User Stories. They deploy both to outline requirements. But the purposes of User Stories and Use Cases could not be more different. Let’s define our terms. User Stories are simple short descriptions of a feature or bug fix written...

Product Backlog prioritization techniques & tips

An Agile project only runs smoothly when the Backlog is in order. Smart software development teams know that a well-groomed and prioritized Backlog allows them to plan iterations well. In this way, they can communicate within the team and with stakeholders.  First, let’s define our terms. What exactly do we...

Software development project management guide

In this article, we’ll walk you through the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). We'll also cover the need and role of a Project Manager (PM) to lead and drive the entire process from start to finish. What is a Project Manager? More than ever, software development projects are carried out...

Estimating User story points in Agile

Software development Teams use Story Points to explain the difficulty of a User Story. Story Points act as a quick shorthand for teams to see how challenging a story’s work will prove.