Finding the right tech development partner who can solve your business challenges is only half the battle. If you want High quality product developed with a strict deadlines then you should also care about the development process approached by your development partner. When you contact a potential technology partner, make sure they have a very well structured and streamlined process and guarantee the continuity and stability of your app development process.
In this article, we will discuss our approach at Gloify to develop tech solutions for our clients.
What does our app development process look like?
We have combined years of expertise in web/app development with time-tested app development process to create a new agile approach. In addition to offering visibility, this approach makes development predictable and easy to manage in real time.
In this approach we begin selecting one of four software development lifecycle (SDLC) frameworks and then adjust it to the project based on the type of company and our clients development needs.
This is our initial phase in order the start of the project. We at Gloify care about the intellectual property of our clients, so we’ll send you an NDA right after you approach us and will sign it before we start the negotiations.
In this initial phase, we hold several calls with our clients and gather all the understanding and information that will help us choose the right technology solution, team structure, and technology stack as per clients specific business needs. We also define and search for ways to eliminate all the possible risks that can slow down the development or cause issues in the development process.
Based on this collective information, we create a personalised offer. This offer contains all information about clients project, including the technology stack and team structure. In this phase we will also make a rough timeline of the project, these deliverables will also help our clients understand how we’ll solve the specific business challenges and how much time and money needed to build the product. After this, we sign a contract.
Our Software Development Lifecycle starts after signing all required documents.
The first phase of our App Development Process is discovery. This phase consists of several stages:
Our expert business analyst conducts a detailed analysis of the company and business needs. They gather all the information required for your business challenges, conduct a competitors analysis and define buyer personas.
Along this our business analyst creates value stream and business objective models. These deliverables are the base for further research by our chief solution architect and UI/UX designer. On the basis of this collective information, our chief solution architect analyses the architecture for your project and searches for the best technical solutions to solve your business challenge. This results a clear architectural vision and roadmap for the product.
In parallel, our UI/UX designer creates the first drafts of the product’s design. Based on the discussion with the client our designer conducts UI and UX research, creates UI concepts, and picks the right color palettes for the project.
Our business analyst prepares documents for all the functional and nonfunctional requirements, and product roadmap. Once the team gets the design backlog, our designers start to turn the expectations of our client into a beautiful user-friendly design.
They start by creating wireframes that show how different elements (buttons, menus, forms, etc.) are placed on the screen, once the wireframes are ready and approved, it’s time to add life into them by designing the product.
On the other hand, our chief solution architect creates software design and DevOps design documents. These documents contain all the technical requirements, Database architecture, API documentation, nonfunctional requirements (platform restrictions, technology stack, infrastructure architecture, etc.), and quality metrics.
Requirements for the development team
In this stage, we present the scope of work to our team members. Our business analyst creates a product development roadmap based on functional and nonfunctional requirements and business needs. This helps in the product vision into the project scope for the development team.
Alongside, our development team prepares for the development. This includes transferring technical knowledge from the solution architect to the development team, creating a testing strategy, reviewing technical documentation, and performing initial project and setting up of all the required environments.
Each feature in the development phase passes through two stages:
In this stage, the design is turned into code and other artifacts (database, automation tests, etc.). Our QA analysis team keep a close eye on the quality of our products. Our developers conduct regular technical audits in addition to implementing the UI design and test developed functionality.
When our developers implement a new feature, our QA team do the needful testing and validate it. After getting the Quality Assurance report describing all bugs, our developers fix them until the product works smoothly and meets the requirements.
Read also: Testing and Quality Assurance at Gloify
To make sure everything works smoothly after deployment, we move to stabilisation. At this point, we keep a backup so we won’t loss data in case of an emergency. We then conduct verification testing.
Our DevOps team set-up the required environment. After that, the developed and accepted functionality is sent to the integrated development and testing environment, for successful stabilisation and deployment of the product.
Finally, the app is ready to meet the end users. Sometimes, we first the product to a limited audience for beta testing and get it tested in a real business environment. This is called UAT(user acceptance testing).
We use Scrum methodology to our development process which divides the whole scope of work into sprints. Sprints at Gloify runs in parallel to the development, during this time we develop the particular part of the application defined in the sprint log. We work iteratively, instead of deploying the whole application at once. At the end of each sprint, we plan and deploy features developed during the sprint.
Thanks to this approach, our clients can see the results of our work in real time on weekly basis instead of waiting till the end of development. This also helps us get feedback on developed functionality and correct the project plan to be sure the app meets our clients expectations.
Post-release support phase
One of the biggest advantages at Gloify is, we offer post-release product support services that enable our clients to enhance and upgrade web or mobile app after its official release. With this service, be sure you can quickly make changes to your product if you suddenly come up with a great new feature or start receiving feedback from users on how to improve your app.
How we ensure visibility at Gloify
There are three pillars of visibility
- Communication: At Gloify we provide our clients with deliverables to ensure constant communication during the development cycle. The first step is a meeting where a sales representative introduces team members and their roles. During this meeting, we also discuss project tasks, expectations, and aims. In addition to regular update calls, our clients can request a call whenever you have a question about the project or want to make any minor changes during development process.
- Progress tracking: The project manager will document our progress in detail in a project plan document. With this document clients can always know what possible risks may stall the development process, how to eliminate these risks, what part of the project has already been developed, and what features are still waiting to be developed. Our team will send the project plan at the end of each sprint.
- Full access: We are always happy to assist our clients and give all the access to the tools we use and our clients can always talk to our developers for a real time status of the development.
At Gloify the goal of our app development process is to create a great product by providing quality services to our clients. Thanks to our Software Development LifeCycle, we can provide a clear visibility over development, predictable delivery, and highly organised processes. All these factors are essential parts of a high-quality technology development process.
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