From the first time we talk to you about your existing software or processes – whether at a conference, in a meeting or in the queue to buy a sandwich – chances are we’re already thinking of ways to make your life easier.
We mentioned we were geeks didn’t we? We enjoy nothing more than researching solutions that will benefit your business and fulfil your requirements and we welcome any excuse to look into the latest technologies. Don’t get us wrong though, newer isn’t always better – we assess each project on its merits and will always go with what we deem the best approach, rather than whichever technology is the shiniest.
Following the research stage, we then submit a draft solution proposal, complete with estimated costs and schedules, for you to review.
If you’re happy with the approach we’ve taken and the solutions we have suggested, we will then engage with you on a more formal basis. Our aim to to make it so that before you’ve ever signed any paperwork you know our team is the right fit for your business.
We start every design job with a pencil and paper – it’s a great way to hit the ground running and stops us from becoming too attached to a design too soon (we’re a passionate bunch, you see). We also find that sketching is great for brainstorming and collaboration as we can iterate quickly on any ideas. Perhaps most importantly of all it costs very little in time and effort to produce a rough paper sketch.
When we’re happy to move to the next stage of the process, we start wireframing. This will likely be the first stage at which the solution’s structure starts to become apparent. Our designers are a clever bunch though – they know there’s a time for detail and a time to quickly iterate on a design.
Following the design stage, the project is then handed over to our specialist developers and engineers, they work on turning your idea into a rich, elegant reality.
Development is split into small distinct units of work known as ‘sprints’, each sprint lasts 1-2 weeks. Sprints allow our team to work most efficiently, tackling many development issues with an over-arching purpose or goal. Each member of our team works collaboratively towards achieving these defined goals.
What are the advantages to a Sprint?
Spending weeks developing a feature based on a flawed or misunderstood specification is an expensive mistake to make. We don’t start development on a feature until all parties are satisfied the specification is understood
Our developers use Test Driven Development (TDD) techniques with automated tests to prove or evaluate the desired functionality or business logic for by that code. When we run a test, our developers will check that it fails, then develop code or business logic that ensures it passes.
Over the duration of a project, thousands of similar tests run throughout the day, dozens of times. This means that as the development progresses, the developer can continue to check back and see if the test has passed or failed.
The number of bugs within the system developed is vastly reduced.
The software developed runs stable and maintainable throughout its life cycle.
Deployment is the final stage of our process. This stage we start to transition the product, solution or service over to its production environment and commence large-scale end-user testing and training.
We use the software service across your entire organisation or release it to the general public.
Following the launch, we conduct a full project review and make a final presentation to the client. All formal documentation handed over and a discussion held for any follow-up action or future enhancements to be potentially made.