- Micha Rüegger
Henry Ford once said: “Failure is the chance to start again, only this time smarter”.
The development and integration of a new system is a complex process. It requires the collaboration over several disciplines and takes a high amount of compromises. Often, they need to be taken without knowing all needed information. This whole situation is getting even more complicated, as the investment is big and risky anyway. In this article we will show you, how the iterative process can reduce the project risks and technical issues.
Because goals can change after some time – What is the iterative process?
Performance, quality and costs are mostly the main factors for decisions in the manufacturing business. The customers of today are looking for complex solutions. The system of today need to be scalable, expandable and integrable with existing solutions. And of course, this should be possible now, not in a few months.
No one can know all details on the beginning of a complex project. An iterative process reduces the risk and effort of a project by not just splitting it into small segments, but also leave some scope for unknown changes during the project. This allows changes based on new knowledge and advances during the development process. With this strategy it is also possible to further involve the actual users and operators of the project. This way, the acceptance of the Project increases greatly.
Working with moving goals – What is important?
One of the main differences to the traditional waterfall methodology is the higher flexibility for mutations in the project. The traditional method with a predefined project plan is connected with a dangerous risk. Unexpected ideas problems, which often appear in the middle of the project, can only be solved with a great effort and cost. The result is a project who looks good on paper, but does not gain a significantly benefit, because the important changes are left out.
Last but not least it is possible to shorten the planning and evaluation time, because not each detail needs to be fully planed at the beginning. Sometimes the planning and evaluation period of a project took long enough to expire the validity of some goals and dates.
Minimize compromises – Iterative system integration for the best results
What we find way to often among our customers: The trade-off between time, budget and functionality. One of these sectors always lose out. The iterative development is the perfect solution for ambitious projects or a limited budget.
To run a project with this certain uncertainty for changes, a committed team is needed. As it happens, the MySolutions Group would be glad to assist you on all questions about the iterative process and modular software components. Now it’s up to you. Are you ready to use failure as opportunity?