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Our Agile Project Development Approach to Software Development

“Software should not be developed like an automobile on an assembly line”
– Dr. Winston Royce

Before any web software and/or mobile application development officially begins, Interaria meets with the client several times to go over project specifications for the web and mobile app. We seek clarity in the main features and business directions while recognizing that certain decisions and direction for the user experience design, content, and user interactivity may be easier or more applicable to determine at a later point.

Some features for the new web application development may be regarded crucial while some other features may not be a top priority or may require more thinking and clarification as the project planning moves forward. In many cases, it can be very difficult to state with a certainty all required features for the web application as new ideas emerge during the project’s development, new feedback becomes available from focus group discussions, and certain features start feeling unnecessary while some become further emphasized.

An agile project development approach acknowledges that web application development may be a rather organic process carried through in a close communication with the client and in close communication with each Interaria’s team member responsible of different aspects of the software development (designer, user experience designer, coder, software developer, project manager). We like to keep the development milestones small and rapid, and work in “sprints”, in order for the client to be fully briefed in all development steps. In rapid development cycles, in case the client changes their mind, we can change a direction fast without needing to redo a lot of work.

The web based software applications that are developed in an agile framework allow revising development goals in weekly or monthly increments during the project according to the direction and feedback from the client. Goals for each development cycle will be stated and discussed before any new work increment begins. During the development cycles Interaria team members actively communicate with one another, and support each development milestone by each of us bringing in their area of expertise. It is very important to us to maintain high standards in brand design and user interface designs. We have our design team always available to support each development milestone to foster the highest visual and usability standards to all front-end and back-end interfaces. We encourage our clients to allow proper time for testing, user feedback, and overall perfecting of the designs in order for us to be able to foster the highest quality standards for the web and/or mobile software app.

The key features of Interaria’s agile project development approach are:

  • The client has a right revise the development plan during the project.
  • The client has a right revise any existing work and may decide new priorities.
  • The client is not tied to have certain features developed but has the control to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ on the go.

The bottom line: Interaria always makes sure to ask questions, meet several times before any work begins, and find out and document as much details as possible about development specifications for web and mobile applications. This doesn’t contradict the fact that project priorities change and people simply can change they mind during the application development process. Agile project development approach acknowledges that not everything can be specified to an absolute detail before the development project and first cycle of application development begins.

To discuss your company’s web and mobile application needs and what type project development approach would work best for your company, please set up a consultation time by calling 214-909-3900.

 

Interaria’s Software Development Team Provides API Integrations to Web Services

One of the most common API integration requests are for Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. However, there are many other software systems that have an API and that offer an API integration possibility either for free or by entering into a contract with the software provider.

Interaria can work with any internet connected software that provides a Web services method of accessing it over the HTTP protocol via an API that adheres to either the SOAP or REST architecture. A typical feature is to integrate an existing internal back-end management systems together with a new web-based front-end user-facing system.

If your company is interested in a software application, and wants to bring some or part of that data for presentation on the web and mobile web, Interaria’s software development team can help with the API integration. We make sure all is done securely to keep the data integrity of both systems intact.

We are ideally requesting for the integrated API to have an 24/7 availability via a SOAP or REST Web services connection over HTTP, or preferably HTTPS. We also prefer to set up a test environment, with test data provided, so that we can test each feature of the API. Also, if a request is made to the API, and if there is an error, we prefer to have access to contact information for help to fix any issue.

Please contact our software and web application development team at 214-909-3900 for more information and for overviewing your company’s API integration options.

Agile Project Development Approach for Web Application Development

If your company is looking to create a large web application or a dynamic website with several web application systems, you may have tens of pages of project specs and lots of ideas that as an end result need to be turned into a functioning database schema with elegant user interfaces.

Some features for the new web application are regarded crucial while some other features may not be a top priority or may require more thinking and clarification as the project planning moves forward. In many cases, it is almost impossible to state with a certainty all required features for the web application as new ideas emerge during the project’s development, new feedback becomes available from focus group discussions, and certain features start feeling unnecessary while some become further emphasized. How long does it take time to develop a web application? What is the cost?

An agile project development approach doesn’t intend to tie the client to a strict contract with a strict timeframe and a strict final number but instead acknowledges that web application development may be a fluid and rather organic process ideally carried through as interactive teamwork in close communication with the client. The web based software applications that are developed in an agile framework allow revising development goals in monthly cycles during the project according to the direction and feedback from the client. Goals for each development cycle will be stated and discussed monthly before any new work begins.

The key features of Interaria’s agile project development approach are:

  • The client may revise the development plan during the project.
  • The client may revise any existing work and may decide new priorities.
  • The client may decrease workload at any time and consequently pay for less development time.
  • The client is not tied with the contract to have certain features developed but has the control to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ on the go.

To discuss your company’s web application needs and what type development approach would work best for your company, please set up a consultation time by calling 214-909-3900.

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