Proof of Concept In Software Development And Its Benefits

The importance of developing a proof of concept to truly understand the goal of your app
Siri Kaliparambil
May 11

The first recommended step to realising a business or project idea is by coming up with an explanation of how we are going to pull off the idea and make it better and demonstrating exactly what we are going to do. This is exactly what creating a Proof of Concept (POC) brings to the table! While they are not essentially prototypes, they do require an initial idea on the right tools to develop it. 

In this article we are going to let you in on one of the best secrets in app development. Unlike other product development methods, we are not trying to create an actual prototype or a minimum viable product when we are designing a POC. Instead, we think of it as an experiment based on which we can design an app better!

What is a Proof of Concept (POC) in Software Development?

A proof of concept in software development is an early-stage, fast and economic experiment that helps to determine whether a business idea or a project has legs to stand on. A POC is done in order to prove that something works or an idea is viable for app ideas and how it helps us to build software applications that are successful is by giving us the evidence and insights as to whether something should be built based on whether it exists. 

“I find that opportunities present themselves in unexpected ways and that is what I want to be open to.”

How does creating a POC help in software development?

A Proof of Concept is an essential step for software development projects and the above quote is an explanation for why it should exist. When we develop a new software application, it is important to lay solid groundwork for it and at this stage, the emphasis on communication and consensus-building is highly crucial.

At the initial stages of software development, the proof of concept is intended to bring together stakeholders and review the project’s capabilities and requirements. It also gives us an opportunity to make the initial designs and test the functionalities and concepts as needed. 

It is nothing but a detailed plan of the future software which provides us with a list of all the functionalities that it will include. A POC is a great way to convert ideas and business goals into software documents and we can use this final document for project planning, and development estimation as well as for securing funding from investors. 

Advantages of creating a Proof of Concept in app development:

Here are some advantages of creating a proof of concept for app development:

1. Understanding your idea better:

GeekyAnts can help you to accelerate your software product idea by creating a POC which will provide us with a unique roadmap to build the product better. Now only will you be able to get valuable insights about the deliverables at each stage but we will also have a fair idea of the work required to complete each phase and how much it will cost.

2. The go-to to go ahead with the idea:

You have a great idea, you know it will work and you are ready to tell everyone about it but stakeholders will only be willing to invest if they think the idea will work but not if their bet is that it won't. That is where the proof of concept comes in handy as it will help to explain why an idea will work and how it can benefit them to invest.

3. Faster deployment of the software:

Software development processes work best when the idea owners have a clear understanding of the product, the market and have selected the right solution strategy. With a solid POC in place, GeekyAnts can significantly reduce the time it takes to bring a new software product or feature to market by knowing in advance what problems we might face and negating risk to give customers a better idea of the feasibility of the software product. 

4. Defining the right budget:

The key to a successful software product is making reasonable budget decisions. With a proof of concept, we help our partner’s understand their budgeting requirements and know how to spend their money on a new app idea. Businesses can help avoid an expensive nightmare of sorts by determining how much capital they need, how that money will be spent and whether the target market finds their solution useful or not by creating a proof of concept.

Conclusion

When GeekyAnts- App Design & Development Studio develop a proof of concept, it is a careful balancing act where we find the right roadmap to go ahead. By creating a POC, we aim to provide our partners with an idea of the resources which will help them to validate their software product ideas for reasons ranging from fundraising and software development to going to market. 

I hope this article has helped you understand why you should create a proof of concept and how it will help to plan out your software product development venture!