The validation of deliverables is essential to any trucking logistics software project. Regardless of the methodology in which a team in conducting a project, the validation increases quality control. This happens by ensuring that the individual or group requesting a deliverable has validated it according to its expectations and goals aligned with the software engineering team before making it available to users.
By João Ricardo Gubolin, Chief Business Development Officer · January 10, 2023.
How Can Software Engineering Teams Ensure Validation
Given the importance of software validation, engineering teams and project managers need to include this activity in the trucking logistics software project plan very early. This means that in every sprint planning, for example, the validation activity needs to have its effort and estimate laid out to the individual or team that requested the deliverable. Moreover, the consequences for the nonexecution of this activity on time must be evident to them. For example, if the validation does not happen accordingly in an ongoing project, this can delay a delivery. Or, worst, if the engineering team releases software without proper validation, this can increase support tickets later, increasing software maintenance costs.
How to Go About Missed Software Validation
When the individual or group requesting deliverables insists on missing validation, increasing risks to a trucking logistics software project, what should engineering teams and project managers do? First, alignment and clarity are critical. In a situation like this, it helps later conversations when, for example, e-mail exchanges lay out these conditions and their likely consequences when they are not met. Then, in regular meetings, the engineering team and project manager must highlight issues like that. Last but not least, when the worst consequences are reached, more challenging conversations might need to be held with the individuals or teams responsible for the project’s funding, clarifying why the deliverables might not reach early expectations and goals.
Like other industries, trucking logistics software projects need constant validation. This is necessary to decrease risks and increase deliverable’s quality. Before validation conditions are not met, engineering teams and project managers need to lay out this activity very clearly to project stakeholders. Moreover, communication of consequences for missing them is critical – ideally in writing and verbal channels. In the worst-case scenarios, the involvement of upper management may be necessary to avoid further consequences.
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