During this initial stage of the project, We sit together with the project and product manager to agree on a number of factors that will influence the development process.
For example, we will discuss the following aspects of the project:
- Allocating human and material resources,
- Scheduling the project,
- Planning the capacity,
- Estimating costs,
- Provisioning of resources.
This step is crucial, and if carried out improperly may have a massively negative impact on the entire development process. The strategic outputs of planning are project plans, procurement requirements, cost estimations, and schedules. Together, they form a blueprint for us to follow and ensure the successful development of the project.
2. Requirements analysis
Your Business team and us need to communicate at some point about the business requirements of the project. If we fail to do so, the software might be irrelevant to the user group your business is looking to engage. The requirements phase is essential because that’s when we gather requirements from business stakeholders. Product managers, architects, and we work with them to document key business processes and use cases that are to be automated or optimized with software.
3. Software design and prototyping
Once we understand the project requirements, we set down to design the application architecture. The design process consists of standardized patterns used for both architecture and software development. For example, we often use frameworks such as Invision to build an application from existing components, fostering standardization, and reuse. We might also engage in rapid prototyping at this stage to compare different solutions and find the best match. We generate design documents listing the patterns and components, and code developed in rapid prototyping sessions.
In this phase, we are busy coding the software. Depending on the methodology, the process might either be carried out in time-boxed sprints or follow a single block of effort (in the case of the waterfall). We need to keep in touch with business stakeholders throughout the process to ensure that the project is going in the right direction. The output of this process is testable and functional software.
The testing phase is key because delivering quality software without testing is next to impossible. We test for code quality, performing unit testing, integration testing, performance testing, and security testing. We often automate testing with Continuous Integration tools to produce software ready for deployment to a production environment.
We usually automate this process using a Continuous Integration model. That’s how we make sure that it’s fast and streamlined. This phase results in the release of working software to production.
Once the building phase is over, we monitor the software to make sure it’s operating properly. If bugs or defects are discovered in production, we address them instantly. To make sure that fixes don’t cause other problems.
Developing software is a complicated and challenging process. But an expert software developer like JVR Software equips its team with tools that help to accelerate and streamline software development through automation and other features.