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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.

PHP/MySQL Mobile & Web App Development

Interaria develops custom Web and mobile applications on PHP/MySQL database platform. PHP/MySQL is one of the leading dynamic programming languages for developing database driven content rich Web and mobile sites and Web applications.

PHP and MySQL are open source programming languages which means that thousands of PHP/MySQL code developers and engineers worldwide contribute to the development of the language, making it richer, more adaptable and more dynamic than any other database coding language combinations.

The Interaria Application Development Framework is a custom PHP/MySQL code library developed by the Interaria team for building database driven web and mobile applications that interact with a content management system. Because we have developed a suite of PHP/MySQL codes we can tackle with custom developing new features faster while making sure that the these features are developed on a solid foundation.

Examples of PHP/MYSQL mobile and web app feature development in our code framework are:

  • Login/Logout Systems
  • User Accounts
  • Member Account Systems
  • Notification Systems
  • Photo Upload Systems
  • Custom Search and Save Features
  • Booking Systems
  • Financial Calculators
  • Shipping Calculators
  • Discussion Forums
  • Support Forums
  • Community Forums
  • Support Ticket Systems
  • Knowledge Base Systems
  • Networking Features
  • Classifieds
  • Online Business Directories
  • Review and Rate Tools
  • Document Management Systems
  • Content Management Systems
  • Visual Data Reporting
  • Administrator Features for Account Management

PHP/MySQL web and mobile app development is our core company expertise. Don’t hesitate to contact us to look into our latest development work and to discuss your development project.

Interaria’s CMS Development for King Content

Content has been declared to be the king of the highly searchable web and mobile media. Content drives search results; content brings web and mobile traffic. New content increases frequent visits and customer loyalty. Original content builds up authority positions and differentiates in a saturated market place.

Whatever the reasons for web and mobile content, it is our job to support our clients web and mobile media goals by delivering custom content management solutions tailored to their specific needs and demands. We’ve been developing content management systems on a PHP/MySQL platform since 2008. Our content management systems not only support text and image management but they also integrate with our custom developed PHP/MySQL web applications for special content uploading.

We utilize our web application design and development for reducing errors and streamlining content upload processes for special content structures and feature requirements. For instance, rather than posting documents via a text editor system we can create a custom web application with custom interfaces for each content increment such as document name, document class, document type, link, keywords and so on.

Some examples of our PHP/MySQL web application based systems for custom content management systems are:

  • Event calendar system
  • FAQ system
  • Documents upload system
  • Documents classification system
  • Photo album system
  • Community messaging system
  • Time based content upload system
  • User support system
  • Knowledge base system
  • Private messaging system
  • Mobile interfaces for managing content
  • System reports

For the increasing number of clients benefiting from a mobile site and/or mobile app we make sure that all of their media content streams from the same source minimizing any needs for uploading the same content twice or maintaining two different platforms. With efficient content management systems in place, content creation can be systemized for fast and easy workflows.

User Experience Design for Web and Mobile: Minimize User Errors, Maximize Desirable Outcomes

User experience design is fascinating because it deals with both objective and subjective experiences. On an objective level, typically from the technical standpoint, a feature on the web and mobile might be functioning properly. However, if users encounter trouble using the feature, or even locating it, we can argue that the system can be regarded broken.

As a starting point of creating an optimal user experience design, we need to find out information about the target audience, their commitment to use the site, and their preferences for web and mobile media. We discover answers to questions such as:

  • Who is a typical user of the web and mobile site / feature?
  • How much time do they spend on the site?
  • How frequently do they visit the site?
  • Is there any time for a learning curve?
  • What is threshold of a visitor leaving the page or site?
  • What is the most wanted action that takes place on the site?

When specking new features, we want to make sure that the target users have been properly heard; and that they have given feedback on the type of  features they find valuable. Increasingly the web and mobile experience is so much more than a traditional one-way interaction (such as navigating through web pages and using a contact form): More and more sites and apps are built on the staple of member exclusive features that typically require registration and a user account creation. User experience design is crucially important in these extensive web application rich user interactive web and mobile sites; users need to be able to understand the site’s purpose and its key functionalities, use them without errors, and ideally enjoy the process.

Standard key features to optimize for dynamic sites are:

  • Placement for login and register buttons
  • Easy to use pleasant online forms
  • Attractive and functional visual environment
  • Error messages
  • Email notifications
  • My Account structures
  • Call-to-action button and links

Furthermore, increased usability can be offered by developing customizable dynamic features such as:

  • User can adjust or organize content structure for My Account dashboard
  • User can adjust or organize content structure for a landing page
  • User can choose and adjust notification settings
  • User can create custom feeds according to interest
  • User can save content

We can also get more information about the user behavior by developing dynamic tracking features such as:

  • Run reports on logged in/log out times
  • Run reports on member action
  • Run reports on most visited pages
  • Create visual reports on data
  • Provide statistics on latest action
  • Export any data

User experience design is not exact science. User experience is something that can be improved and honed, over and over again. The more time we can have to hone the interfaces and user flows, the better the results. The more feedback and observations we can receive from the actual users (and/or focus groups), the better the results.

The goal of user experience design is simple: Improve usability of web and mobile interfaces. Minimize user errors. Maximize desirable outcomes. In short: Create pleasant user experiences.

Project Lauch: Play It Safe!

Play it Safe!® is a child abuse awareness and prevention program developed by The Women’s Center of Tarrant County. The program incorporates age-appropriate scripts and movies to teach children how to reduce their risk of sexual and physical abuse, and sexual assault.

In the past, the ordering of any Play It Safe! material was done via phone or product order forms. Interaria was called in to modernize both the ordering system and the overall web presence of the program.

Interaria developed a full custom solution for online ordering of the program material and online management of the user accounts. Schools, applicable organizations, and parents may register on the site and create an account for viewing the store material and placing secure online orders. Each shipped video order is also credited and tracked with a one-year-subscription of unlimited online watching access.

Our process included weekly meetings with The Women’s Center of Tarrant County to finalize the site development plan and online store features. We consulted with the team and reported at every step during the website and web applications development. The key development milestones during the project were overviewing and discussing site features and elements such as the visual design of the site and brand integration, content structure and navigation, the integration and use use of the Interaria content management system, shipping fee calculators, shopping cart system, check out process, My Account features, and Admin’s features for management of the entire site.

As always, the site was designed and developed fully by the Interaria team, project manager and developer James Shields, user experience designer Meri Kuusi-Shields, and software and web application developer Pyry Kuusi.

Interaria thanks The Women’s Center of Tarrant County for this great meaningful project and looks forward to supporting the organization with its any arisen web & mobile application needs.

For more information, please visit our portfolio case study or call us at 214-909-3900.

Our Development Process for Quality Assurance

Throughout our production we foster our process of consulting, communicating and contemplating to ensure an end-product that meets our client’s organizational vision and expectations.

Interaria’s agile project development approach fosters receptiveness to feedback and new ideas, leading to a user acceptance and long-term usability of the final web and/or mobile application system. We make sure that our client is integrated and informed about each development milestone, and that we are all on the same page with upcoming design and development plans before moving forward. Each mobile and web application system we develop is subjected to a thorough and systematic benchmark testing for quality assurance.

Our approach to each project is to be available to help with the client’s business as much as need be. We go beyond just interviewing staff members and collecting data and feedback. We are here to listen and ready to actively contribute and exchange ideas with our client, as frequently as needed. We are ready to participate to weekly board room meetings, deliver business ideas and strategies in a written format, analyze big data and qualitative data, participate to seminars, and meet frequently with different members of the staff based on any existing or arisen need during the project. Our goal is never to hand down a web or mobile application system but to make sure that it is custom designed and developed based on the true and mutually acknowledged needs of the client’s organization. With our flexible agile project development approach, we make sure that we all have both the interest and availability to continue developing our deliverables beyond the most obvious first stages.


A key to a successful project outcome is to foster a platform for communication. We consider it our duty to communicate in a frequent, consistent and coherent manner: this means providing our client with a clear report of the project status including deliverables, revisions, to-do-list, next objectives, and addressing any questions or concerns a client may have. We prefer meeting with our clients weekly, preferably face-to-face. Increased interaction and a frequent exchange of ideas are a base for a successful end-product that addresses all of the organization’s critical needs for the web or mobile product beyond the first rounds of brainstorming. We want to make sure that all team members have had their chance to be heard and contribute to the project.


It’s not just about doing things but doing them right. We take time to think and plan ahead. We are not afraid to show our clients different development options, create slight discomfort by bringing up new development ideas, and critically raise questions that test current plans for feature development. By thoroughly going through development options, and creating space for a dialog, we make sure that our client receives an end-product that meets the organization’s expectations and plans for scalability.

Software Engineering Fosters Quality Control and Data Scalability

Interaria’s software engineering perspective means applying a systematic and disciplined approach to web and mobile application development.

When developing applications we make sure that they can handle large data growth and scalability, and that all codes are systemized and well-documented. Our custom web and mobile application development process can apply codes and methods from software engineering languages and approaches (C++ Development, Oracle Database Development, Java Application Development, Big Data Development, Distributive Application Development) according to each project’s requirements. In the cases where the application is desired to be running offline, our expertise in these software engineering languages may also be useful.

The Bottom line: Applying professional software engineering to mobile and web app development fosters quality control, data scalability, effective problem solving and debugging.

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