We start by coming to an agreement of how success will be measured. Then, we work to understand your current process, how people interact with the current systems and what they need to do better. From there, we create a project plan that’s tied directly with your needs and fits into your unique processes.
With a custom software system, your customers and your employees are now your end-users. During the process of development, we’ll be engaging with them to ensure that we’re creating an experience that’s easy-to-use and accomplishes their goals quickly and effectively.
We know custom software isn’t cheap, but we also know growing companies that employ tailor-made solutions have a unique competitive edge in their market. Our goal at the end of each project is to have you up and running on your new system quickly so you can start seeing a return on your investment.
Software projects are rarely “done.” Most of the lifelong cost of a custom application is in the ongoing enhancements/maintenance and the infrastructure costs. Luckily, we’re with you for the long-haul. We’ll host, maintain and manage your system to keep it operating efficiently so you can see long-term cost savings and keep your system operational over a longer period of time.
When you come to us to talk about your software project, the first thing we do is listen. We learn about your business and your project in order to understand your development needs and to determine whether Bizcrank is a good fit. If we think we can help you, we’ll work with you to develop a proposal.
The proposal serves as a high-level description of your software project’s features and a corresponding time and budget estimate. We use early project requirements, historical data from previous projects, and our expertise to initially estimate cost. At this point, the estimate will have the broadest range. As we learn more about the project, the estimate will be refined.
Your project starts long before we write any code. Coding focuses on technologies and languages, but preparing for a software project involves the larger process of understanding your business and goals, your users, constraints, risks and future opportunities. We’ll do this collaboratively through discussion, sketching out workflows, and deciding on solutions. The best part of all is that we don’t require you to learn our language; we communicate in yours.
Once we understand the problem and agree on the right solution, we’ll define the features that support the core application and create an accurate cost and schedule estimate for your software project.
All of our design and development practices are aimed at producing maintainable, extensible, and highly usable software. We begin with the most essential features, so we deliver the most value early-on in the process.
We build your custom software incrementally, one fully-tested and fleshed-out feature at a time, rather than creating many incomplete features all at once. We add new value to the project at each iteration. Our test-driven development ensures that software is always well-designed and fully tested.
All of your software project’s artifacts are stored in a version control system. We have a disciplined and tested backup procedure. Our backups are stored both locally and offsite. Our continuous integration servers are always watching your project, building and running all the tests on every change.