How we do

Our Workflow

To make our workflow clear and transparent for you, we apply these great tools in our everyday work:

  • Project management software (JIRA, Redmine, and others);
  • Our own time tracking system CrISStal Eye;
  • Version control systems that provide a single program code storage for the whole project (SVN and Git).

Transparency is one of our key values.

With the experience we have gained over the years of work and being savvy at software development methodologies usage, we know how to make the whole programming process run smoothly.

How do we actually do this? Let’s look through the most common stages of our development process.

01 Pre-project stage

Pre-project analysis

First comes pre-project analysis. Here we get to know each other, find out your business goals, and define the project scope.

As a result of our discussions, our team comes up with the finalized project concept which contains the following: a brief functionality description; the suggested collaboration model; the preliminary project estimate.

Project scope

After we agree on the project scope, the next step is to divide it into milestones. As practice shows, it’s better to carry out work on large projects in stages, presenting the results to Customer upon every milestone completion.

Project budget and timeframes

At this stage, we confirm delivery timeframes and budget with you.

Service agreement

And after all these aspects are agreed upon, we can proceed to signing a service agreement.

02 Development

Analytics

This is where use cases, interface design, and requirements specification are delivered.

Architecture design

Here the high-level system design is created. A prototype of the project or of some part of it may be crafted at this stage as well. Testing this prototype as thoroughly as possible can save you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars for possible corrections.

Graphic design

We have great artists within our team and thus can perform graphic design works. Alternatively, you can provide your design. If this is the case, here is a set of our friendly recommendations:

  • Make sure that your designer is not going to use other designers` works;
  • If he is going to purchase images, ask him to show you the payment documents;
  • If he uses free images, make sure their usage does won’t cause ownership rights infringement.
Development

At this stage, the code is actually created. As all the programming experts do, we follow the good practice of documenting code.

As to Customer’s access to the source code, this will depend on the chosen collaboration model. If hourly payment is the case, we give you access to the source code. With fixed price model, we initially agree with you after what stage we will hand the source code over to you.

QA process

At the testing stage we make sure that the whole product functions as desired. We also detect errors (if any) and conditions under which they arise, and hand them over to programmers for further fixing.

Deployment

This is actually when the project is delivered, and the source code is placed on your server. If any documentation was created, it is handed over to you as well. By the way, the exclusive ownership rights to the programming code will be yours after this moment.

03 Support

Terms of support

Even when the project is successfully delivered, our work doesn’t finish here. Our team is always here to support your product. We discuss the terms of software maintenance and support individually, so that together we will define the option that will suit your project to the fullest.

Software maintenance work plan

Before we proceed with signing a support agreement, we need to come up with a software maintenance work plan. It typically includes software faults and defects prevention, timely software update to provide its correct functioning, necessary software modifications to maintain and increase its demand in the market.

Service agreement

As to a services agreement, it is normally signed on an hourly basis at the software maintenance and support stage.