It’s not just what we’ve done – it’s how we do it. We use an Agile Scrum approach because we understand that needs change and businesses evolve. Using Agile Scrum allows us to adapt throughout the project, giving our clients and their projects a competitive edge.
When we are challenged with updating projects that use older coding techniques, we call on the Test Driven Development approach, which allows for better code stability and a reduced development cycle. In this approach, we create code based on tests and code refactoring so at the end of the day, we know the code is solid and reliable.
By knowing the whole range of approaches, we can employ them as necessary and find the best development solution for your specific project – because one size does not fit all.
Flexibility is one of our core values at Gate6 and a big part of why we use an agile software development process. We understand technology and needs are always changing, and this type of methodology allows us to plan for unpredictability. Want to know how it works? Step into the ring.
Planning begins with defining the goals of the build. These are separated into “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” and prioritized accordingly. We then consider business needs, dependencies and functional requirements before breaking the project into manageable pieces. Before moving on, we define the minimum viable product (MVP) to meet needs and minimize cost.
Once we have a basic overall plan, we get a deep understanding of your business and users. We look at your short- and long-term goals and users’ needs to build a solution to fit. This may be done by integrating multiple solutions, building new software from scratch or tweaking existing systems.
The design stage is when the solution starts to take shape. Based on the intelligence gathered in the analysis and planning phases, architectural and user experience design are completed. Then we set prioritization and complete a road map, which includes estimates, impacts and dependencies.
Upon beginning development, we confirm requirements and assign project chunks to sprints, which allows us to manage iterations more efficiently. Code is then written to the minimum specifications to expose glaring technical issues early. We then identify these issues and evolve the code as needed.
After the software system is built, we put it through meticulous testing. At this stage, we perform integration, user acceptance, environment and performance testing to ensure functionality and goal completion. If we find any problems, we rework the code and test again.
At this phase of the project, we demonstrate the software and request client acceptance. If the client is not happy with the final product, we jump back into the design stage and repeat the process from there until we find the perfect iteration.
If the client signs off on the custom software, we do final system testing and a code hand-off. Then the product is released and the development process is complete.
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