Our technical consultants are leaders in the industry, keeping abreast with new technologies, and design and development methodologies. We implement an iterative and incremental development process. Our consultants understand the importance of developing component-based, robust, and reusable code that is scalable and maintainable.
Our project teams follow best practices identified by the industry, those learned from our own project experiences, and from the latest methodologies such as Agile. We understand that every project has different priorities, using these methodologies as frameworks, we apply the relevant areas of each methodology to the project to improve the rate of success and reduce the risk. There are, however, core best practices that will apply to almost all development projects, which focus on rapid ROI, simplicity, adaptability, and frequent delivery.
These best practices include:
- Iterative and Incremental Development
- Requirement Management
- Component Based Architectures
- Visually Modeled Software
- Software Quality Assurance
- Change Control
Iterative and Incremental Development
Saratoga Software Solutions supports an iterative and incremental development approach to reduce technical and business risks, accommodate changing requirements, encourage reusability, and deliver higher quality software. We typically utilize Scrum to implement the Agile methodology.
Our software development teams understand that software requirements are dynamic and must expect these requirements to change during the lifecycle of the project. Requirements should be refined with each development iteration. Requirements must be managed throughout the system development life cycle and must be traceable from definition, through development, test planning, test execution and deployment.
Component Based Architectures
Component based development (CBD) enables significant reuse of code. CBD enables reuse of your code as well as customization of existing commercially available components. CBD allows for modularization of elements in the system and provides resilient architectures.
Visually Modeled Software
Modeling helps the development team to visualize, define, build and document the system�s architecture. The standard modeling language, Unified Modeling Language (UML), is used to model our systems. UML artifacts are delivered for each phase of the project lifecycle.
Software Quality Assurance
The Quality of the system must be monitored throughout the life cycle. The later a problem is discovered in the system life cycle the more expensive it is to fix. The test plan and test cases should be revised with each iteration. The process of quality assurance is continuous with test execution occurring with each iteration. Where applicable, automated testing tools should be implemented.
It is crucial to control the scope of the project. The scope for each iteration should be clearly defined for the entire team. Scope creep can be very expensive and can be the cause of missed expectations. Change is inevitable but must be controlled and managed using a change control process, which should facilitate communication of the change, estimate the cost of the change, verify priority of change, collect the metrics, and manage the expectations of the development team and the stakeholders.
Software Development Process Benefits
- Efficient development methodology
- Rapid delivery
- Continuous Customer feedback; No surprises
- Reduced technical and business risks
- Accommodate changing requirements
- Higher quality software
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