1. Good Design & User-Friendly
There has been one too many times when developers create software that is strictly from the developers point of view only. Creating great software is synonymous with creating a user-friendly interface that is aesthetically pleasing.
Everything in software development has to be done with the user’s experience in mind and not the programmer’s. By focusing on the user experience, not only do you create an incredible first impression but you also spark the user’s interest to continue using the software.
It is normal to see that sometimes people will stop using a software just because of how clunky and inconvenient it is to use.
2. Balance Between Speed & Performance
A fine balance has to be struck between speed and performance to create great software. If an application produces good results but runs too slowly, users are most likely going to get distracted or find it too inconvenient to be of much use.
On the other hand, if it only sprints and produces sub-par results, there is little incentive users to stay on, and they will most likely look for better alternatives. Even the amount of time taken to start up the program should also be considered. Ideally, a high-quality software application will be able to open up quickly, run efficiently and yield optimal results.
3. Strong Security & Thorough Testing
A lot of emphasis needs to be placed on the security of software that is developed today because cyber crime has been on the rise in the past few years. Launching a software product without thoroughly testing it for security loopholes is equivalent to leaving your house door open and going out.
It simply invites hackers to exploit any possible bugs or glitches in the software system to access all-important user information. The ramifications of not having good security include losing the trust of users and having to pay for all the damage sustained from data loss.
4. Comprehensive Documentation
Often overlooked, documentation plays a vital role in ensuring the engagement of users with a software product. Poorly documented software often frustrates users who are forced to figure manually out the program due to lack of information.
Popular methods of documentation include the man page, help flag, INSTALL file, README file, and philosophy documentation all of which are simple yet sufficient for the job. A sign of good documentation is when a user can get the software up and running within a short period without much difficulty.
While it may seem simple at first glance, creating high-quality software requires a huge amount of time and effort to produce the best possible user experience. It is often better to provide high-quality software than to waste time building a sub-par one that nobody will use. If a user is satisfied and continues to use a certain software, it is a sure sign that the software is indeed a high-quality software product.