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How We Work

A formal process reduces overall development time and results in a lower total cost of ownership, besides allowing us to clearly define client expectations early on in the project. This process model works for projects of all sizes. For small and some medium sized projects, a few of the steps will be combined or reduced.

The Project Lifecycle for every project is audited internally every 3 months and externally by American Quality Assessors (AQA) every year.

The following is a description of each phase of the cycle and the outputs of each.

 

Initial Proposal Phase

The aim of the Initial proposal phase is to understand broad project requirements and to advise the client on high level issues and rough costs and schedules that will be required to complete the proposed project.

The deliverables for this phase are:

  • An initial feature listing of the entire project
  • A rough estimate for effort or price
  • A rough schedule for all phases of the project

 

Requirement Analysis

The objective of the Requirements Analysis phase is to identify and document the user requirements for a proposed system. The process involves a Requirements Analyst (RA) who communicates with knowledgeable user(s) to understand what the requirements are. Existing systems if any are reviewed and considered at this stage.

The list of various Actors , Use Cases and Non functional requirements (such as the maximum hits a site can expect or the maximum time a program can take to execute) is documented , refined and updated until the user is satisfied that it represents the essence of the proposed system.
The deliverables for this phase are:

  • A final Software Requirements Specification(SRS) document delivered for approval
  • Small prototypes to demonstrate technical feasibility
  • A test plan for final product acceptance

 

Design Phase

The designers determine methods to implement Functional and Non functional Requirements mentioned in the SRS. The design defines specifically how the software is to be written including an object model with properties and methods for each object and a detailed database design. Our design stage is planned and involves verification according to detailed design checklists, validation and design reviews.

The deliverables for this phase are:

  • A final Design Specification

 

Development Phase

The development phase involves the actual coding of the entire application. This is the most resource-intensive phase.

All Objects of the source code are named, versioned and carry a history log , which has details of name, date, time and reason for each change. This allows our source code to be instantly Identifiable and traceable, which is an important aspect of our ISO 9001:2008 implementation.

Daily builds on Sandbox servers ensure that product is tested every day from the first day of development. This allows developers to instantly identify problems in the code , much before they go to the testing phase.

As components of the application are complete, they are reviewed by the customer for accuracy as well as usability, according to a milestone schedule. There is also an alpha deployment test phase embedded in the Development Phase.

The deliverables for this phase are:

  • A beta version of the application
  • Preliminary manuals and user documentation

 

Test Phase

The application is checked against each functional and non-functional requirement specified in the SRS. This is done first by our Testers (Testers do not take part in developing the project), and then verified by the customer.

The deliverables for this phase are:

  • A final version of the completed application
  • Final manuals and user documentation

 

Deployment Phase

The deployment phase is a roll out of the new application(or components of the new application). This involves delivery of the software and walk-through of the installation process. It may also involve initial training of users.

 

Support Phase

The support phase of the project is the last component and it continues as long as a warranty or support contract is in place.

Working through all phases of the project, from requirements definition to final release, was fantastic. Very good response and communication throughout the project from the principal engineers and project managers. I would certainly work with you again.

Christopher Levine

Principal, Keyobjects Incorporated