INNOVATION

Innovation News: Software Bots Are Changing the Software Development Process

We all love the abil­ity of Agile de­vel­op­ment to de­liver bet­ter soft­ware sys­tems cheaper and faster. By now, most busi­nesses have seen the ben­e­fits of the Agile method­ol­ogy and con­verted away from older top-down meth­ods.

The core prin­ci­ple of Agile is start sim­ple and it­er­ate, it­er­ate, it­er­ate. This process is com­ple­mented by the new soft­ware bots that are be­ing de­vel­oped.

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In the past, each it­er­a­tion in the Agile method­ol­ogy was a cy­cle of the same processes. This split soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing into three re­peated ac­tiv­i­ties: busi­ness analy­sis, de­vel­op­ing and test­ing. In the busi­ness analy­sis phase, you scope the mar­ket and plan de­signs. The de­vel­op­ment process is about mod­el­ling and build­ing your prod­uct. Testing in­volves look­ing for bugs and im­prov­ing what you have de­vel­oped. All busi­nesses vary, but these are ap­prox­i­mately equal parts of the soft­ware de­vel­op­ment process.

Now we have the in­tro­duc­tion of the game-chang­ing soft­ware bots. These com­pletely rev­o­lu­tionise the soft­ware de­vel­op­ment process. At WorkingMouse, we use the Codebots plat­form. This ecosys­tem of code writ­ing soft­ware bots su­per­charges the de­vel­op­ment process. On av­er­age, 90% of our part­ner’s soft­ware is writ­ten by Codebots. The re­sult of this is a mas­sive re­duc­tion in time spent de­vel­op­ing and test­ing. This in­crease in pro­duc­tiv­ity trans­fers to real cost-sav­ings.

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However, while soft­ware bots are re­shap­ing the role hu­mans play in soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing, the busi­ness analy­sis ac­tiv­ity is still per­formed by hu­mans. In fact, this will al­ways be the case be­cause in­no­va­tion is an in­nately hu­man char­ac­ter­is­tic. This means that while soft­ware bots will greatly in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing, hu­mans will al­ways re­main a sig­nif­i­cant part of the process.

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Traditionally, analy­sis and de­sign­ers cre­ate many doc­u­ments and di­a­grams dur­ing the busi­ness analy­sis phase to ex­plain to the de­vel­op­ers and tests what needs to be built and how it should work. It’s these doc­u­ments and di­a­grams that the soft­ware bots can then use to cre­ate most of the code. This is called model dri­ven en­gi­neer­ing.

In the end, al­though soft­ware bots will change the way we de­velop soft­ware, they are still build­ing on and im­prov­ing the Agile method­ol­ogy. Improving Agile de­vel­op­ment means an even more ef­fi­cient busi­ness and ul­ti­mately, sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ings.

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Eban Escott

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