Software Development Process – Understanding What ChampSoft Can Do for You
When it comes to the software development, the process and the software development methodologies that are used is hugely important to the success of your project.
We can help you determine which software development methodology framework is right for you and walk you through the process so that you understand what to do.
ChampSoft is an ISO Certified Software development company; we provide user centric solutions and services. We are equipped with talented professionals who prioritize users and user experience throughout our development process. We are not measured by the features and functions we develop. We’re measured by how well we fulfil our client’s needs.
This is why we live our values every day, and are proud to describe ourselves as software visionaries.
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What’s Software Development?
Software development is the logical process that focuses on creating programmed software to meet your needs, processes, and goals. The objective is achieved by the software developer who writes computer code.
However, it also requires many steps, such as writing technical documents, designing a process and data flow, research, debugging, testing, and launching. The process is called the software development lifecycle or SDLC.
We understand that you may want software developed for various reasons. Overall, you want to meet your needs to solve real-world issues. You may also want to use it for personal use and have better quality management for your software development methodologies.
There are different methodologies available, such as Kanban, Scrum, Waterfall, and Agile.
What’s the Product Development Lifecycle?
The product development lifecycle is a complete process for creating a product and bringing it to the market. It uses five steps:
- Product Conceptualization
- Product Design and Architecture
- Product Development
- Product Release
- Product Realization and Future Upgrades
What Is the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)?
The software development life cycle (SDLC) is the systematic approach used to develop, design, and test software. The main goal here is to have a high-quality software that exceeds expectations and reaches completion within the time frame.
Overall, the software development life cycle consists of the following activities:
Champsoft will deploy team consist of Business Analysts, Project managers, UI/UX specialists, Industry Experts, Subject Matter experts, AI/Machine Learning Exports, IoT Engineers, Tech Leads, developers and support staff to collaborate with client’s senior staff to understand all that is appropriate about their business, where their idea fits in with their business and business plan, what outcomes need to be achieved, commerciality, timescales and budget.
We will acquire an in-depth knowledge from our client about exactly how their idea could be realised on a technical level. This will involve understanding of the desired solution, API requirements, user interface, user experience, feature prioritisation, scalability etc. ChampSoft will provide a quote at this stage and confirm the duration of the project. We will agree specific project milestones and undertake higher level requirement gathering with key stakeholders to analyse, plan and provide recommendations for an optimum solution implementation. We will ensure effective and efficient allocation of in-house resources or through talent acquisition process to have the best talent in the market catering to the customer’s need. During a project kick-off meeting, we will discuss and approve the scope of the project and timelines as needed. We will involve the product owners on regular calls for feedback and will engage with end users for extensive requirement gathering. Finally, we will provide detailed documentation which accounts for scope, milestones, deliverables, points of contact wireframes and more.
Champsoft will deploy team consist of Business Analysts, Project managers, UI/UX specialists, Industry Experts, Subject Matter experts, AI/Machine Learning Exports, IoT Engineers, Tech Leads, developers and support staff to collaborate with client’s senior staff to understand all that is appropriate about their business, where their idea fits in with their business and business plan, what outcomes need to be achieved, commerciality, timescales and budget.The ChampSoft Team will be involved in design sessions to achieve the most effective solution. Our team focuses on users and user outcomes. We utilise case diagrams/wireframes/use stories extensively in this phase to visualize the proposed solution with key stake holders. We analyse the multitude of features and modules pertaining to each project. ChampSoft utilize MS Team Foundation Server to best record, track and manage customer requirements and prioritize them in a backlog grooming session with the client. We make use of tools such as Adobe XD, Balsamiq, Invision and more for wireframes and prototyping. Creation of preliminary wireframes and system architecture documentation best reflects the dynamic and responsive designs to best suit the clients’ expectations maintaining the highest order of not only UI principles but also catering to a premium end user experience.
Champsoft will appoint a Project Manger as the single point of contact so that transfer of information and knowledge is expedient and efficient. We follow agile methodology, which gives our clients more control and visibility over the course of project life time. Also, it gives clients the opportunity to improve and evolve the product while they using it. Project Mangers and Teams are experienced in the latest project management tools such as MS Team Foundation Service/ JIRA/ LeanKit/ Trello/ etc. They understand how to deliver great projects, and how to manage expectations on all sides.
The Development process
Champ Project Teams are equipped with highly skilled and experienced Tech Leads and QA Leads. They will be continuously involved in improving and validating proposed solutions with the development team. We always upgrade our technology stack with cutting edge technologies. Our CICD pipeline consists of automated and manual code review including vulnerability test scans ensuring security and coding standards. This leads to easy maintenance. The project manager will interface at regular intervals with the client to ensure deliverables are being met. We have a modular approach to development; this means that testing, deployment and handover can be optimised and automated. ChampSoft will always consider the following elements during development: Ease of Use, Security, Scalability and Future-proofing. We will involve the customer throughout the development lifecycle by having weekly sessions with stakeholders to make sure all end goals are aligned and on track to maintain optimum customer satisfaction. We will implement code quality checkpoints, vulnerability and security hotspot scans in order to align with the latest security practices in the industry. Planning and executing unit testing in all code modules to maintain the lowest error feedback rate from stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of the project.
The ChampSoft QA team rigorously test the product on all appropriate platforms and user segments. We provide testing solutions from manual to automation; we improve the quality of the proposed solution by load testing, penetration testing, API testing, stress testing, code quality and vulnerability testing. We plan test strategies to account for any and all variations of the dynamic nature of every project. ChampSoft conduct functional and non-functional testing scenarios by utilizing various testing methods such as penetration testing and load testing, to best maintain quality standards. Utilizing state of the art automation techniques makes sure that high quality standards are being met while improving on regression backlash. We understand the importance of engaging the client through a UAT cycle where they can get a hands-on experience of the proposed solution prior to deployment to remove any issues in their solutions.
We ensure extensive communications with the customers prior to deployment regarding a deployment plan as well as diagnostic measures to deliver a smooth transition of the intended solution to end users. Automation of the deployment process is achieved by integrating the latest CICD mechanisms and thereby cutting down on deployment time. We provide training to end users of the intended solution along with a comprehensive manual to best communicate how to effectively use the solution provided. We provide deployment and diagnostic plans to clients prior to deployments. We also use automated application monitoring to identify system failures and alert stakeholders.
ChampSoft will ensure that the client is fully briefed on handover. There will be no surprises at this stage because of the symbiotic way that we have worked with the client. We will provide all the necessary documentations relevant to the project, and train end users and technical staff to maintain the applications. Documentations will include user manuals, wireframes, cloud architecture documents, vulnerability reports, code analysis reports and performance analysis reports.
ChampSoft is a highly ethical company; we understand that clients often want to own the software solution. As such, we always hand the code to our clients so that, if required, the client can maintain the solution over time. Because ChampSoft are one single team, bound by a set of values that has teamworking at its heart, our clients can be assured that the process that manages their software build will be run with extreme efficiency.
We cater to the client’s requested maintenance tasks effectively by adhering to an onshore/offshore delegation model to best implement updates and other services during minimum traffic hours. We engage with the client to further develop their solutions and cater to a larger and more dynamic market with increased capabilities and maximized savings. Engaging with the client post-deployment makes sure optimum client satisfaction is being met through the provided solution. Running diagnostics and analysis post deployment improves system performance to best support increasing customer bases.
Software Development Lifecycle Methodologies
There are two methodologies for the software development process: Waterfall and Agile.
What’s the Waterfall Method?
Many of our clients like the waterfall method for their software development process. This is a sequential and linear approach to software development and includes:
- Requirements – Gather, document, and analyze
- Design – Software architecture created
- Code – Development, proving, and integration
- Testing – Systematic discovery and debugging
- Operations – Installation, support, and maintenance
With this implementation, each of the steps is a different part of the software development process, and each stage terminates before the next one starts.
What’s the Agile Method?
With the agile methodology, you have different software approaches that come together for those who dislike the rigidity of the waterfall option. It focuses more on continuous improvement, flexibility, and speed and uses an incremental approach.
Many of our clients prefer this software development process over others because things move more quickly. Overall, you can accelerate software systems development and can have different software development methodology frameworks.
Project managers tend to like this option better.
Developers begin with a simple project design and work on small modules. The work is carried out monthly or weekly, and at the end of each, the project is evaluated and testing is completed. Therefore, the equivalent stages from Waterfall are completed during each sprint.
That allows for software engineering process improvement at each turn, so that bugs are explored. We also take your feedback into account and incorporate those into the design before that next sprint.
How the Agile Method Came to Be
Overall, this type of software development process is often referred to as rapid application development. The term describes a software development process introduced in 1991 by James Martin and includes iterative systems development methodologies.
We realize that you probably don’t wonder who came up with each option and are only worried about the software development process represented by us that meets your needs best. This is why we focus solely on the life cycle of the software and handle formal software system development for you.
With that, we offer specific software development processes that meet all of your needs.
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Why Consider the Agile Method
Overall, people like the agile software development process the most because it lets people continue working on other parts while the customer (you) provide feedback on what’s been finished. That way, things are always progressing along the life cycle.
Still, the development process has to be well-managed, and the documentation needs to be enforced. This rapid development pace can lead to disorganization when done improperly.
Overall, this is the worry for most companies that want to focus on software development. However, when you choose ChampSoft, you get a low-risk, efficient, and fast workflow.
As your preferred software development company, we work hard to ensure that the software developed for you uses the right system development methodology. The rapid development process is something that our software developers know well.
We provide the best software development services.
Though the agile method refers to different software development methodologies based on the iterative development, we consolidate everything down into points that you understand fully.
Who Should Use Which Software Development Style?
Depending on your software project, you may wonder which option is right for you. Though rapid application development (agile) is excellent, it might not be suited for some software projects.
Overall, we focus on your data and process models and find versatile methodologies developed specifically for your needs. That way, you can think more about your architecture and system core and worry less about future development issues.
Our software engineering team can assist you in finding out if Waterfall or Agile is right for you. When other software companies put it all on you to determine, we make sure that you’re fully aware of your options.
That being said, we feel that Waterfall works best for teams with more rigid structures. There’s more planning upfront, so it’s best if your requirements and goals aren’t likely to change radically during the process. Therefore, if you’re testing new products or want user feedback in the middle, this one might not be right for you.
Agile software project management focuses on dynamic teams that want to have continuous updates on their products. Because of its user-focused nature, it’s the process favored by tech and start-up companies testing products or continuously updating longstanding ones.
Why Choose ChampSoft to Facilitate Future Development
Regardless of the option you choose, our software engineering team can monitor software development and handle risk assessment for you. Plus, we offer a complete development methodology that helps you achieve technological or engineering excellence. Please call us to see how we can assist!