Software house: definition, services, structure and tasks.



Regardless of why you want to get acquainted with the software house notion and related elements, I will explain it clearly and precisely.

 

What is a software house?

 

Software house is an engineering firm specializing in all or just some of a wide range of software development services. Its main goal is to generate business value by creating, updating and maintaining software products of various purposes, scope, and multiple business niches. 

 

Software house services

 

To understand what kind of software house you are looking for, you should choose what software development services are the most relevant for your business task.

 

Here is a list of software development services that a software house usually provides:

 

  1. Web application development;

  2. Mobile application development;

  3. Desktop application development;

  4. Embedded software development;

  5. Machine learning and artificial intelligence development;

  6. Virtual reality and augmented reality software development.

 

This software services classification is based on the type of software which a software house may produce, i.e. on what a software house does

All other classifications with a high level of probability can be either a combination of several or a part of one of the software development services from this list. 

 

Do not confuse software services with software development tools or methodologies, organization structure, etc., which characterize how a software house operates and its technical, business, and cultural set-up.

 

Software house organizational structure

 

I will skip the possible 'business side' of software house organizational structure because it varies and mostly depends on the software house's scale, business model, and types of software projects. 

I will suggest an organizational structure that depicts the software house's production capabilities, which will help identify later what kind of tasks a software house can complete. 

Simultaneously, this structure is sufficient for successfully delivering a software project of any level of complexity under the condition that the team is big enough and responsible employees are skilled and experienced. 

 

  1. A senior manager with technical expertise;

  2. A sales department or only a technical sales manager;

  3. A product team: business analyst, product manager, sometimes UX and UI specialists;

  4. A software house project manager;

  5. Software engineers, DevOps and system administrators;

  6. QA engineers for manual and automated testing. 

 

Depending on a software house scale these positions might be combined or reduced, sometimes other additional structural elements might appear in this list. 

But this structure is enough to guarantee delivery of any software project on time, on scope, on budget.

 

Software house tasks

 

Whether you are looking for a software house or want to establish( re-build ) your own, this list of tasks will help to correctly identify the areas of responsibilities between functional units in any software development project to ensure its success.

 

Keep in mind that these software house responsibilities are based on the structure above. 

 

  1. Final strategic decision making in matters of the software project, communication with clients, chosen software development approach, etc. ;

  2. Fundamental discovery of a software development project goals, identifying if a software house is capable of a software project delivery at an early stage, making sure of a successful and correct conclusion of a contract; 

  3. In-depth research of the business context and tasks, formulating software product features, user stories, adding technically reliable context and writing software project specification, essential delivery priorities and software project success metrics;

  4. To ensure software development project delivery by effective and efficient people and resources management at a software house;

  5. To execute the software development of a system according to business and technical requirements;

  6. To provide successful finalization and readiness for a software project release by a thorough examination of its compliance with the expectations.

 

Suppose a software house had maintenance or technical support as an initial project goal. In that case, some of these tasks could be completed partially or even ignored due to the development request's shortened scale. 

 

 

 

 
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