Benefits in working with us

BENEFITS IN WORKING WITH US

Our software development process is a based on the Agile Development method. Here are some reasons why we chose this approach:

Quality Software

Quality Software

The software product is tested from the beginning enabling regular adjustments if necessary. This gives the development team an early sight of any quality issues.

Breaking down the project into small iterations allows the team to focus on high-quality development and testing. This leads to frequent builds and tests during each iteration thus quality is improved. In each build we deliver we are able to incorporate changes from the customer’s feedback, users tests and demos.

Less defects in the code – we focus more on the technical issues, we deliver cleaner code thus resulting in more effective testing and a better product. Our team uses coding standards, peer reviews, and pair programming to assure a quality and technically solid code.

Flexibility and Agility

In opposition to the traditional development projects, in agile development, change is accepted and expected. Requirements emerge as the software is developed. This is not possible without the active involvement of the client who takes decisions as the software is developed.

The needs of the client can change throughout the project as he gets a better view and understanding of the project.

Pursuing blindly the first, probably obsolete, project’s needs does no good to anyone.

The changes in the customer’s business environment have impact on the project’s budget – more or less funds are allocated, different priorities emerge, the project’s timeline can be expanded or reduced.

Flexibility and Agility
On Time & On Budget. Results oriented

On Time & On Budget. Results oriented

It’s very well known that many of the software developers are very poor at estimating their work. That’s where the Project Manager comes in and doubles or triples their time estimations :). That usually happens in the traditional development teams.

At iConsult, the most important thing for us and our clients in a project is that we launch it on time and on budget.

That’s why we constantly keep an eye on the project’s timeline and measure results on the way, based on accurate reports. The clients have access to our Project management tool to check the progress and budget in real time.

The customer has to make sure that the project meets their needs to the greatest possible extent within the project constraints.

Because each sprint is relatively short, the budget estimation is close to reality and predictable. The development team delivers time / budget estimations before each sprint and the clients understands better the cost per each feature thus allowing them to get a better view of future costs.

Early Warning of Problems. Risk Management

The iterative development process ensures a natural warning system for everybody involved in the project. It helps them to identify early  any issues and make it easier to respond to change.

After the first iteration we make a build. If we solved a lot less than planned we have the first warning sign that we talk about with the customer. If the second and third iterations are the same…. we have a big problem.

These early warnings provide us time to change some things, along with the customer:

  • the project’s expectations
  • the initial plans / requirements
  • in some cases even cancel a project before any more time or money is wasted

Agile teams prioritize high-risk issues from the requirements enabling early risk reduction.

Risk Management
Productive Development Team

Productive Development Team

Agile teams are more productive than teams using traditional methods. Integration errors are discovered sooner, the product quality is higher, and the team works productively throughout the development cycle.

Each iteration has a close deadline and the team has to deliver working software for the client. No time is lost.

The collaborative nature of Agile Development means that each team member learns from his colleagues diversifying his areas of expertise.

Agile developers try to solve the trickier technical issues at the beginning of the project in order to eliminate uncertainty that can lead to missed deadlines. They continuously refactor their code to keep it malleable in comparison to finding a workaround the problems and postponing them.

They also code their own auto-tests that run in the background warning them about crashes as they write the code.

Realistic Customer Expectations

Many clients have no idea about the process of software development. They send demands to the developers imagining that it would take just a few hours but it turns out it takes days. Even worse, at the end of the project developed in the traditional way, they ask where did all the effort and budget go? And it can be frustrating for both sides …

In the case of the Agile Development process we include the client in all major activities:

  • we work together with the client to define the requirements and change them, if needed, along the way
  • at the beginning of each iteration, we sit down with the customer and talk through the requirements in order to give a more accurate time and budget estimation
  • together we prioritise the requirements taking into account the value of each feature for the whole product
  • the team doesn’t need to receive all the requirements in the beginning of the project, the client can deliver them along the way, progressively
  • we receive feedback and make changes at each phase in the development process

Because of the transparency of the agile process, the customer understands better the developers’ work and begins to quickly appreciate their work. Thus when changes are needed, the client gets a better understanding of the time / budget estimates.

Realistic Customer Expectations