Software Development

Software development is an iterative logical process that aims to create a computer coded or programmed software to address a unique business or personal objective, goal or process. Software development is generally a planned initiative that consists of various steps or stages that result in the creation of operational software.

Most methodologies share some combination of the following stages of software development:

  • Analyzing the problem
  • Market research
  • Gathering requirements for the proposed business solution
  • Devising a plan or design for the software-based solution
  • Implementation (coding) of the software
  • Testing the software
  • Software testing
  • Deployment
  • Maintenance and bug fixing
The most important single aspect of Software Development is to be clear about what you are trying to build. 

Responsibility

  • Researching, designing, implementing and managing software programs
  • Testing and evaluating new programs
  • Identifying areas for modification in existing programs and subsequently developing these modifications
  • Writing and implementing efficient code
  • Determining operational practicality
  • Developing quality assurance procedures
  • Deploying software tools, processes and metrics
  • Maintaining and upgrading existing systems
  • Training users
  • Working closely with other developers, UX designers, business and systems analysts

Skill

A few qualities and skills can help you become successful as a software developer.

  • Creativity and innovation: Yours should be the minds behind new software capabilities, even when others say it can’t be done.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills: You won’t be working in a void. This job often involves collaboration with a team, and you’ll have to be able to concisely and clearly communicate instructions to others.
  • Analytical skills: You’ll have to match improvements and creations to users’ and clients’ needs.
  • Concentration and focus: Software development involves numerous and minute interlocking pieces. You can’t be prone to distraction if you want to be successful.

Qualification

A degree and a technical background should be required to gain a Software Developer role. Degrees in the following subjects should be highlighted as particularly advantageous:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Software Programming and Development
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Electronics
  • Physics
 

As well as formal qualifications, a Software Developer job description should highlight the following qualities:

  • Knowledge and interest in computer systems and the latest technologies
  • The ability to learn new technologies quickly
  • An analytical mind
  • The ability to communicate complex procedures to other colleagues
  • Commercial and business awareness
  • Good communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Attention to detail and desire to probe further into data

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