Methodologies and Processes
Clear objective and streamlined process is what we aim in Ficode. Our process includes following different software management methodologies depending on its characteristics and benefits, suitable for different types of projects and organisational contexts.
Why we need a Software Management Processes
The Software Management Process is the structured approach to developing software for a system or project, often called the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Our Software Management Processes act as a guide to be followed within methodologies. The purpose of a Software Management Process is to pre-define factors such as
Purpose of a Software Management Process
From our wealth of experience in developing successful software projects, Ficode have been following different mythologies.
Some of the most common used methodologies include
We prefer agile methodology as it promotes collaboration, transparency and continuous learning, and is the most flexible methodology. It best suits projects which are complex and rapidly evolving.
DevOps combines development with operations. With this methodology, we focus on speeding time to market and thus lowering the failure rate for new releases, shortening the lead time between fixes, and minimizing disruption whilst maximizing reliability.
We use Waterfall methodology for our internal products, typically with stable requirements. Since the end goal is clearly defined in this method, each phase is completed before moving on to the next.
Feature Driven Development
We also cater to the feature Driven Development methodology where an iterative and incremental approach is required, and focus is on the goal of delivering working bespoke software frequently.
Factors Influence The Effectiveness And Success
Several factors influence the effectiveness and success of the project. We go through a checklist before choosing the methodology for each project.
Objectives and Goals
We set clear goals and break them down into action steps to accomplish them in the given timeframes.
Complexity and scope of the project
Our team identifies the functions and services required for the software which is aligned with requirements from our customers.
Constraints of time, budget and resources
We respect our customer and provide them our best services based on time, budget and resources involved in the project.
Our team interacts with stakeholders whenever a risk occurs, to find an effective solution. We dig deep to identify early and mitigate.
Degree of change in requirements
This factor holds most of the weight when selecting a methodology. We adopt methodology for any project based on the degree of change, (stable or frequently changing requirements).
Efficient communication and collaboration between team members and stakeholders
We ensure that we keep clear and consistent communication with our client and within our team. We believe in complete transparency and quality.
Software Development Lifecycle
At Ficode, we typically follow pre-defined steps of SDLC. We divide software development work into following smaller sub-processes for better management.
1. Planning and Research
We determine the project strategy and approach before team starts working on it. We prepare a well-thought technology roadmap, breaking goals into action steps with clear timeframes defining tools, team and resources involved for completing it.
2. Analysis and Design
Our software architects and developers draw up advanced technical specifications to create the software mapping with requirements. Our Design Specification document specifies architectural design, components, front-end representation and user flows of the product. Once, our analysis is complete, the front-end design process begins.
3. Implementation and Testing
Once we have all the requirements and our analysis is complete, we start the front-end development process. We then put the project to test its quality and other parameters. We go through iterative validation and verification cycles to ensure the quality of the software being delivered.
4. Deployment to production server
Once the development and testing is complete and software is defect-free, we deliver it to our customers by deploying it on production server.
5. Support and Maintenance
We also deploy an internal team of experts to handle issues that may arise later from the client’s end. They will provide quick solutions to the customers so that their project doesn’t suffer any delay's.
How We work
Ficode’s software management process brings all tasks in a project together and ensures that the project runs smoothly. Our management team have a thorough awareness of all software management procedures. We ensure that for each project we:
Have a dedicated project manager to manage tasks and track progress and day to day activities. Our project manager ensures that procedures and artifacts are in place at the beginning of each project and available throughout.
Conduct daily meetings for each project and ensure required outcome of that meeting is attained.
Have a defined team with the required skillset and experience, who then identifies the tools and utilities to be used before starting on any project.
Have effective communication and collaboration among team members.
Track the project’s progress throughout the development process, comparing actual results to the project plan, and making changes to the project as necessary.
We keep our stakeholders involved from starting till end of these steps.
We discuss all the factors such as risk levels, team composition, applicable technologies, time, budget, project limitations, method and architectural design with stakeholders.
We collect feedback from our clients throughout the above-mentioned process which results in boosting customer satisfaction down the line.
We keep measuring how well the product is performing against its goals using key performance indicators (KPIs). These include metrics such as the number of defects found during code reviews or test runs, or while adding new features, and so on.