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The ultimate checklist for developing a new software product

Here at Belighted, we talk about software development a lot. However, coding is only a small portion of what needs to happen when you’re creating and launching a new SaaS or other software product. Recently we created a power checklist that walks you through 50 major checkpoints for developing, launching and growing a new app, tool or other software product.

Software testing basics: types, benefits and when to automate

Testing is an investment. Like investing in security of a software product, it’s sometimes a hard sell, because you don’t immediately see a return. There’s no tangible output, no new feature to wow users.

However, there are several advantages to building testing into your product development that can pay off. The key is balance.

React and React Native Directories Management

If you use React or React Native, you may have noticed your directory pathways sometimes look like this when you want to import something from another folder inside your components:

import NavigationBar from '../../../components/ui/NavigationBar;

Those ‘../../..’ are a nightmare to handle in your project and can be a real mess when you want to keep your project maintanable for everyone.

In this article, we will explore a better way to handle folders inside React and React native applications.

Software Development and the Non-Technical Startup Founder

You don’t need to have an IT background to create a new product or service that makes use of technology. But without a technical background, you may second guess your decisions or feel you are at a disadvantage.

In our work as a software development agency, we help launch business ideas. We work with a lot of startups.

Sometimes a technical leader is behind the new company, or they’ve already hired a CTO. But often the founder has no technical background -- just a great idea he or she wants to get off the ground.

We have observed some differences between working with technical and non-technical startup founders over the years. Non-technical founders might be surprised to learn they actually have an advantage in some ways.

Why we love working with startups

We love working with startups.

But if you’ve ever pursued a software development project with the founder of a startup, you know they can make difficult clients. The stakes are high. The timeline is fast. They have everything invested into their idea.

Of course we very much appreciate our larger clients. Bigger companies have stability, budgets and time on their side. We get to bring the innovation. It’s a comfortable partnership.

So what is it that we love about working with startups?

When you should NOT issue RFPs for software development

The development of a new piece of software is a risky project, full of uncertainties. Requests for proposals (RFPs) are an attempt to limit these uncertainties.

In an RFP, a business usually attempts to detail what they want and then asks several development agencies to say how much it will cost to produce. Sounds great, right? But if your company is considering a software development project to bring innovation to market, listen: Don’t do it.

The RFP process is broken.

Let me tell you why this process doesn’t work and what you can do instead. You’ll learn how to shave off costs and find the right partner for your critical projects quickly.

10 Pros and Cons of Outsourcing MVP Development

Developing your minimum viable product is a crucial first step on your startup journey.

One of the most common challenges faced by non-technical founders is how to handle the development work, when they lack the technical skills themselves. One option is to outsource development of your MVP - but is this a good option for your startup?

Do You Really Need to Hire a CTO to Launch Your Startup?

As a non-technical founder of a budding startup, it may feel like finding a CTO should be your top priority.

You want to make the best choices about product development, but as you lack the technical knowledge yourself, it's natural to want someone on-board who's more knowledgeable in that area to guide those decisions.

But while having a CTO is great in the long-term, do you really need one to launch your startup?

8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring App Development Companies

Hiring an app development company is an important decision: choose a bad-fit company, and you could put your startup at risk.

App development companies will have different specialisms and varying levels of expertise, so before you commit to working with one, it's worth taking some time to assess the company objectively. Will they be good to work with over an extended period of time, and are you confident they'll do a good job on your project?