For both small and large companies, meeting these challenges involves staffing new, right-skilled project teams quickly using all available means:
An integration architecture to rapidly absorb new software assets is also a key success factor. Companies of all sizes must master the key tradeoffs, such as technology build/buy/reuse, or choices around infrastructure, the web, mobile, big data, etc.
For larger companies, a pre-defined software integration process synchronized with their existing deployment process is also necessary if schedules are to be kept short, and high business quality assured. This is especially critical when engaging with today’s fast-moving startups.
The pace of today's software industry is dizzying. An "app culture" characterized by small-footprint packages with short life cycles drives the need to recruit new software talent at affordable rates. Software natives and companies new to the field are challenged to keep up the pace and the demand for more and more apps that need to be developed on shorter and shorter timelines. Software development project management is more critical than ever, and yet there remains no silver-bullet, off-the-shelf process that works for all companies, at all times.
While the agile methodology for software development has become popular, it needs to be stripped to its most pragmatic essence:
Companies that master the many challenges of software development also learn that there is no process priesthood: Coaching and mentoring is better than a top-down approach for improving software management.