Halloween in the IT industry - Here’s how to make a software development project truly horrifying!

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By , Technical Copywriter

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll present a five-step roadmap for crafting a software development project that’s truly horrifying. By adhering to these steps, you’ll inevitably find yourself on the road to delivering an unreliable and unusable product that’s full of bugs.

Stay with us as we dive deep into each step as we reveal how neglect, ignorance, and mismanagement can transform your software project into a nightmarish endeavor that's guaranteed to disappoint users and frustrate stakeholders.

Five-Step Implementation Plan

Step 1: Randomly choose a software development company

Choosing a software development contractor is a big decision, but it doesn’t really have to be. Why bother wasting your time on reading reviews, checking company backgrounds, or asking for referrals in order to help ensure the success of your software development project? Why not just close your eyes and simply pick a company completely by random? Here are a few additional tips for skipping the research:

  • Don’t bother with asking questions. The more you ask, the more likely you are going to get answers that you don’t want to hear. Just trust your gut and go with the first company that comes along.
  • Don’t bother checking out their portfolio. After all, does it really matter if they have any experience or not? You are sure to get a great product no matter what.
  • Don’t bother to get any references. Getting references is just a waste of time. Everyone is going to give their friends and colleagues good references. So why even bother?

Step 2: Sign the contract without reading it beforehand

Just go ahead and sign the contract without reading it, because you trust that your contractor has your best interests at heart. After all, they are all professionals, right?

Not reading the contract beforehand is one of the most crucial steps for making your software development project the most horrifying it can be. After all, you don’t want to waste your valuable time by reading a bunch of legal documents that you don’t understand anyway.

Of course, there’s a good chance that the contract will be peppered with unfavorable terms and conditions. But hey, that’s okay!

Here are some additional tips for signing a contract without reading it:

  • Don’t negotiate the contract’s conditions. Your contractor is the expert, so they know what is best for you.
  • Don’t have a lawyer review the contract. Lawyers are just expensive paperweights.
  • Sign the contract as quickly as possible. The sooner you sign, the sooner your project will get started.

Step 3: Don’t communicate with your software development company

Effective communication is an essential aspect of any successful software development project. By disregarding communication, you can ensure that your project will become a complete and utter disaster:

  • Don’t respond to their emails or phone calls. Simply ignore your IT provider’s attempts at reaching out to you. Go ahead and let their emails pile up, and their calls can go unanswered. After all, who needs a two-way dialogue when you can work in blissful isolation?
  • Don’t provide regular updates. Keeping your IT partner in the dark is vital. Don’t bother sending them updates on your software development project. It’s better to let them wonder about the state of the project. Transparency and accountability are both overrated.
  • Don’t respond to questions. If someone asks you a question about the project, simply ignore them. They’ll figure it out eventually.
  • Don’t have regular meetings and don’t use communication tools. There’s no need to waste time by communicating with your team on a regular basis. Avoid using email, Slack, or any other communication tools. Just wing it and hope for the best!
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Step 4: Ignore the red flags

Red flags are warning signs that something is wrong. They can help you avoid making costly mistakes. Go ahead and simply ignore all red flags if you want to guarantee that your software development project will become a complete disaster.

Here are a few examples of red flags that you should ignore:

  • Missed deadlines. If your contractor keeps missing deadlines, don’t worry about it. It’s not their fault. There are probably good reasons for these shortcomings.
  • Unrealistic promises. If the company is making unrealistic promises about what they can deliver, don’t worry about it. They’re probably just a little bit too enthusiastic about the whole thing.
  • Communication problems. If you're having trouble communicating with the company or getting them to respond back to your questions, don't worry about it. They’re probably just too busy.
  • Poor quality code. If the company is delivering code that’s poorly written and difficult to maintain, that’s not a problem. You can always hire someone else to fix it later.
  • Hidden costs. If the company is adding hidden costs to your project, don’t worry about it. They’re most likely just trying to make a profit.

Step 5: Ignore all quality assurance and security best practices

If you want your software development project to be a complete and utter disaster, then the best thing you can do is to ignore all focus on quality assurance and security best practices.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Don’t ask your company to develop a clear testing plan. Just ask them to go ahead and start coding. You can see how it all develops later.
  • Don’t use any automated testing tools. Automated testing tools can help you find bugs and security vulnerabilities quickly and efficiently, but they’re not really that necessary. You can always find bugs and security vulnerabilities manually if you have the time later.
  • Don’t hire any QA engineers. QA engineers are trained to find bugs and security vulnerabilities, but all they do is just going to slow you down. You can find bugs and security vulnerabilities yourself if you’re careful.
  • Don’t worry about security vulnerabilities. Your users will be fine. After all, hackers or cyberattacks appear only in the movies, right?
  • Release your software as soon as possible. The sooner you release your software development project, the sooner you can start generating revenue. Don’t delay the release of your project by testing it, fixing any bugs and/or security vulnerabilities.


Following these simple steps will help guarantee that your software development project will become a complete failure. You’ll waste time, money, and resources, and you’ll wind up with a product that your customers hate.

Does this sound like a truly horrifying Halloween story? Ensure that this doesn’t happen by partnering with a reliable software development company like Solvd. Embrace our proven path of best practices, clear communication, robust security, thorough documentation, and adherence to rigid development standards. By doing so, you’ll not only avoid the pitfalls of failure but instead pave the way for successful, rewarding software projects that truly make a difference in the world.

Nelia Holovina
Technical Copywriter
Nelia Holovina, Technical Content Writer, has over 10 years of professional experience. She likes telling stories inspired by people, the latest technology and nature. Her articles have been published on TechCrunch, IBM and other top tech media. Her big goal is to rid the world of poor-quality content.

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