Tips for ensuring the success of your next software development project


When it comes to developing complex custom software, there are many aspects that can impact the success of a business.

Time, budget, or not focusing on the right problem can quickly lead teams down the wrong path – creating a band-aid solution for a bigger technical problem.

Canadian software engineering company Spiria takes an end-to-end approach with custom software, helping companies with their strategy, design and development.

The team works closely with clients, creating personalized digital products, ranging from mobile app development and analytics tools to e-commerce platforms. Spiria helps its clients “become digitally intelligent”, drawing on the technical expertise of its team to navigate the complex world of software development.

“We have worked with companies of all sizes, from small and medium-sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies,” explains François de Bellefeuille, general manager of the Ottawa office of Spiria. “We draw on this expertise to help develop the best products for our customers. ”

Here are four common steps Spiria recommends to ensure a successful software project:

1. Plan your work – and work your plan

Having a strategic plan is an essential starting point when trying to develop software and can help businesses mitigate risk and avoid costly mistakes along the way.

Companies looking to implement new software should make sure their team agrees on the criteria for success and goals for the project, outlining the problem they are trying to solve and how the new technology will help them. Having this clear understanding will serve as a guide during the project development process and can help the team keep the end goal in sight.

It is also important to gain buy-in from all stakeholders in the business to ensure that nothing is overlooked and that the business is working together to ensure the success of the project.

2. Trust your end user

Once a business has identified the problem and how it intends to solve it, the attention must shift to the end user. The best way to understand how the software will be implemented is to have a good understanding of the application use case.

“You want to find out what drives you to achieve your goal,” explains de Bellefeuille. “It’s not about offering millions of options, it’s just about delivering what is needed to improve the user experience. ”

If a company works with an external partner, like Spiria, giving it access to the end user will also help create a better product. Digital products can be adapted to specific needs, depending on whether the software is operational (intended for employees) or for customers on an external platform.

3. Simplicity is not easy – it is a big challenge

A common mistake that companies can make during the software development phase is trying to incorporate too many elements and features into their product. For Spiria, software should be easy to use and should make your life easier, says de Bellefeuille.

“The focus should be on how quickly and easily you can get a product into the hands of an employee or collaborator to improve their experience,” he says.

When companies plan to integrate a new digital tool, they should avoid adding another layer of work to an existing process – the software should be there to add automation and remove steps, not to make it more complicated. .

4. Ask the experts

For businesses that are still unsure of the software development process, or simply need additional expertise, turning to a trusted advisor can help alleviate this stress and ensure a successful project rollout.

At Spiria, the team uses their wealth of industry knowledge to assist clients at every stage of transformational software development.

“We use the experience of past projects to make ourselves better and more efficient,” says de Bellefeuille. “We bring over 18 years of experience in different industries to the table and have worked on over 2,000 projects. ”

Spiria offers “the right team for the right solution”, whatever the sector, by working with companies such as ESPI, Searidge Technologies and Nortac Defense.

At the end of the day, it’s not just about getting people to do a job, says de Bellefeuille, it’s about partnership.

“We step in and make sure we reach the goal,” he says. “We are in the boat with you. “

To find out more about Spiria, its range of services or how its team can help your company develop a tailor-made digital project, visit


Gordon K. Morehouse