By planning and keeping these key steps in mind, teams can ensure a smooth transition of responsibility from documentation to code, which needs to fit together seamlessly for a successful handover.
Learn how to ensure your project documentation is current, organized, and accessible for a seamless handover.
Discover the importance of effective knowledge transfer meetings and how to schedule them with clear agendas and objectives.
Understand the significance of codebase clarity and explore steps to assess documentation, create visual representations, and utilize code comments.
Explore the main points to document detailed setup instructions, share access securely, and establish a knowledge base for smooth environment transitions.
Learn about the importance of comprehensive test cases, bug-reporting processes, and clean tests for project stability.
Discover the key elements of post-handover support, including establishing mechanisms, scheduling follow-up meetings, and monitoring project performance.
If we lived in an ideal world, it would be easy to imagine that your company has an IT team of perfect and strong members. Everyone knows their job very well and they do it without delays and difficulties. However, in the real world, most often there is a team where there are one or two strong employees who can instantly "extinguish the fire" in a project and have all the knowledge to solve a customer’s business problem. But what if such an employee takes a long-term vacation or decides to leave the company altogether? Then you have an urgent priority - the transfer of knowledge.This transfer knowledge process involves gathering as much information as possible before the employee leaves. It may be fearful due to urgency and a short amount of time. But it is not necessarily a complicated and heavy process. Step-by-step strategically you can implement all the procedures to solve this situation. Remember that a knowledge transfer program helps you develop and manage team members. But it can also help you streamline processes and increase productivity.Here is how to execute an effective knowledge transfer process.Project Management
Onboarding new developers into a project is a time-demanding and costly process, isn’t it? Just finding a proper specialist isn’t sufficient. We all know that every software development company has its own practices and uses its own tools. And those tools might be even in-house developed. Therefore, it doesn't matter how skilled and experienced your new team member is, they will need to learn a lot. Sometimes, it takes pretty much time for them to learn all about the project they start working on (to start coding new features, for example), about the company’s corporate culture, and the commonly accepted practices and processes. Needless to mention the extensive documentation, and similar. In most cases, you might not even be sure that your new team members can handle all the load of new information on their own. So, somebody more experienced is needed to help them, to guide them through the labyrinth of new information. This “somebody” is one of your more experienced developers, and they also will spend their time on onboarding procedures, guiding and coaching their new colleagues. It means more expenses. At Mad Devs, we aim to reduce onboarding costs. To do so, we provide new developers with extensive documentation, tests, and high-quality code. No, we don’t eliminate the need for coaching and guidance from more experienced team members. But the mentioned prerequisites allow us to ensure the reduction of the learning curve for new developers. Therefore, they can move to the actual work faster. Here are some of our practices that help us to make the onboarding process cheaper and faster.Project Management
This article was updated on October 12, 2022.The importance of documentation in software development is very easy to underestimate, but it can be a critical mistake for a project or even an entire company. However, the role of properly written and maintained documentation throughout the software development lifecycle is essential for all parties, from the company and its developers to customers and end users. It explains all the features of a project, informs us how we can work with them, helps to understand the project's functionality, and allows us to reduce onboarding time and costs.Today we cover what software documentation is, what types there are, and why documentation is important in software development. We'll share industry best practices, approaches, and tools for documentation. Also, we will talk about Single Source of Truth (SSoT), which is impossible without quality software documentation, but highly important to carry comprehensive information about everything that happens in a company and its projects, making this information most accessible and usable for all participants.Let's start with the concept of why there is so much attention paid to properly compiling and maintaining documentation and why having it can create a system that helps the entire company work much better.Software Development