Several models exist to streamline the development process. Each one has its pros and cons. We follow our proprietary 9D Software Development Methodology.
Throughout the course of our project work, from mobile development, web application solutions, web design and more, our project managers and design team communicate the key information on an ongoing basis to you.
Our approach is to guide you through the complex process of building a bespoke software system with minimal risk and maximum visibility, whilst avoiding overly technical jargon. Maintaining a highly collaborative and communication intensive process ensures all parties are on the ‘same page’ and working towards the same goal.
Our 9D Software Development Methodology has been detailed for you here. It has nine phases, each followed sequentially and cannot be jumped.
The first step we take in this method is to sit down with you to explore your requirements and get an overview of your business. This helps us to gain an in-depth understanding of what you are trying to achieve with the new software, and will help us determine the technical specifications.
Our experts interact with you in discussing about the software application goals, high level requirements and desired customer experience (CX) and user experience (UX) at a very broad level. We sit down with you and explore your requirements. We understand your business, your process and your objectives. We work with you to clearly articulate your immediate and long-term goals, and a vision of where you want to be. This helps us to gain an in-depth understanding of what you are trying to achieve with the new software. While doing this, We also give due consideration to the culture and work style preference of our clients while we plan the strategy for the next steps in the process.
In this step, we rely on the information collected from you during Discover phase and brainstorm about the high-level business requirements among our team members internally. On the basis of information collected earlier, we aim is to discover and create an effective strategy for the execution of the Project. We also finalise the combination of most appropriate tools, technologies, human resource skills, infrastructure requirements and necessary specifications for the project. The effort produces Business Requirement Document (BRD), Functional Specifications Document (FSD) and Technical Specifications Document (TSD). We proceed with the next step once you agree with these documents.
After we have discovered the strategy, we establish project estimates like scope, budget, time duration, project goals and objectives. Finally, we develop a high-level work plan and share it with you. The work plan serves as a roadmap guiding the continued project planning and management activities. Going further, this work plan evolves itself to a detailed Project Plan Document (PPD). It is a disciplined effort to produce decisions and actions. It is an inclusive process, and is designed to keep all project stakeholders “on the same page.”.
D4. Define: We analyse your requirements in detail an define them in Requirement Specifications Document [RSD]. In this phase we gather as much as available information from you. We will make notes of all your work in scope. Here, things get very messy because we have to figure out all things before starting the next step as we would love not to visit this step again during the whole project in the future. We have to know that tiny detail that you forgot to say because it could matter when the project goes live. The communication is not one way. It is highly interactive. We also tell you how the system is going to work and describe those steps in the Requirement Specification Document.
We begin the next step only when you read that document and agree to the scope and detailed specifications defined in that document.
All that work we did in the past steps our designers meet with the Project Manager, who handles the project and creates one visual map of the project. We detail the Application architecture (AA), High Level Design (HDL), Low level Design (LLD) and User Interface Design (UID). We may also develop a working application prototype, and define modules and components wherever applicable. This stage also involves documentation of the standards that have been defined.
Our team then builds the solution by implementing the software design and developing the required interfaces. This is easier said than done.
The developed is unit tested and peer reviewed to ensure quality and adherence to standards. The activity takes place in the development environment.
D7. Detect Defect:
Once the development of a few programs or modules or completed, they are moved to the QA environment for testing. Here the testers and quality assurance engineers run several tests on those components and produce defects. These defects are logged, analysed, assigned to the respective developers to be fixed, verified and tracked to closure. Several iterations of such activities tends the components to become stable. once al such components are stable, they are integrated and thus the application takes it's shape. The application is further tested for integration flaws and again put to the same process of defect resolution. Finally, the application is ready to be deployed in the production environment a your place. Quality is assured at every stage.
At this point, we deploy the solution at your site and integrate it with the existing systems. It is put through User Acceptance Test (UAT). The users perform several checks against the success criteria defined earlier and report their observations. The observations are closely monitored and analysed. We assist you with your concerns and resolve them to your satisfaction.
D9. Deliver: The project that took shape from an idea to a finished product is finally delivered once all concerns are considered as resolved. We confirm the deliverables and transfer knowledge on management and maintenance of the solution. We also hand over the user and administrative manuals.
We are then able to take next challenge.