Based on budget and schedule requirements, as well as team availability, we build a project plan. It starts with using your core business objectives to outline a high-level plan that achieves your goals and removes as much uncertainty as possible. We define:
- The nature of the project and its inherent challenges.
- How we’ll deal with those challenges.
- Which additional actions or are needed to execute the plan.
Understanding your business goals is at the core of what we do. Every software development project starts with a central idea—a “problem statement” that drives the conversation. Before moving forward, we make sure we understand all:
- Actionable objectives
A good business plan is only worth the results it delivers! If the plan isn’t doable, the work isn’t worth doing, either. Our project team meets with your stakeholders to discuss how to achieve your strategic goals.
- We define specific functionalities required by users.
- Conduct research and consult third-party vendors when necessary.
We want you to come away from this step with clear ideas of what the end product will be, who it will be for, and how the preliminary plan will guide the project.
Design & Architecture
This is where the end product’s look, feel, and function come into focus. We:
- Build both wireframes and fully clickable prototypes your team can access via the cloud to share with stakeholders.
- Review designs with our engineering team every week.
- Determine best-fit software development architecture.
Already have designs? No problem! We’ll evaluate them for completeness and make sure all the required functionality’s in place. Our in-house design team has you covered!
Development is kicked off with a call with you, the project manager and developers restating objectives and confirming how we will communicate. Each of our engineering teams is paired with a senior tech lead, who pairs with your project manager. All projects in the company are overseen by the solutions architect so you are never without support if issues arise. Tech leads have eight to fifteen years’ experience and we limit them to a set number of projects at any given time to ensure quality stays high.
Wireframes, prototyping and testing
Our team includes UX designers who know the importance of visually compelling experiences. We work closely with you to:
- Leverage powerful tools and clear processes for building the desired user experience.
- Receive and process feedback before making the greater investment that comes with building the application.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to software development. Different needs call for individual technologies. Our deep experience with a diverse range of technologies helps us:
- Assess the technology’s long-term viability for a given project.
- Determine if the best decision is choosing stability and cost over new and unproven.
- Assess the feasibility of using one technology over another.
One of our senior tech leads with extensive industry experience is engaged at this stage to help determine the functionality and architecture of the software to be built.
Once core objectives are confirmed, we:
- Define key components of delivery.
- Identify internal resources that best fit your process.
- Indicate major features and dependencies.
- Share requirements with the broader team to make objectives clear.
With a clear vision for design and functionality, a call is initiated with you, the project manager, and the developers.
- Objectives are restated.
- Communication methods are confirmed.
- Each engineering team is paired with a senior tech lead and project manager.
All Zibtek projects are supervised by the solutions architect, so you’re never without support if an issue arises. Our tech leads have eight to fifteen years of experience and, to ensure quality stays high, are limited to a set number of projects at any given time.
To drive superior results for our clients, the majority of our projects employ a practical agile methodology. In an agile process, the team’s efficiency closely correlates with how much visibility and structure the project manager has.
We work in sprints which are small, targeted allotments of development time that allow engineers to solve problems more collaboratively. The key benefits offered by sprints’ structured flexibility include:
- Measured adaptation to change.
- Incorporation of new ideas.
- Improve project predictability.
- Better control.
- Superior quality product.
With their structured standups, consistent evaluation, peer code reviews, and rapid issue resolution, sprints are a continuous improvement approach that keeps you engaged in every step of the process. You can regularly review the progress of your software development and provide feedback.
Quality, consistent communications throughout a project’s lifecycle ensure your needs and expectations are met.
- Big or small, every team and each member reports daily on their activity.
- Project and delivery managers drive internal and external communication to bridge the divide between technical and non-technical resources for your team.
To ensure technical strength, every project manager pairs with a senior tech lead. On every project, we use project management tools to:
- Share daily written status updates.
- Track individual engineer tasks.
- Provide access to shared documents and files.
- Report and resolve bugs.
From server setup to data storage and deployment, we support your team through launch. And if your software application requires deployment to the app store, we handle that, too!
During the development process we set up multiple environments that allow team members to:
- Deploy quickly.
- Show you everything that’s happening.
Showing work results in a client-facing development environment helps identify visual and technical issues more quickly, which results in a better product.
When called for, we:
- Automate deployments.
- Structure development ecosystems to be scalable.
The goal is to automate testing of features to ensure operability once new code is added. Project managers and in-house QA engineers review user stories (informal, general explanations of software features) before the work reaches production.
It’s launch time! We work with you to:
- Mitigate launch risks.
- Plan resources around hyper-care and prep infrastructure as appropriate.
Moving forward, we accept feedback and keep you flexible as your business grows by:
- Structuring new feature rollouts.
- Handling support inquiries.
- Tackling new features required by your users.