Software development can feel like a black box. But there are a lot of parallels between building great software and building a physical structure.
Without careful planning, a structure can quickly incur costly mistakes. Detailed architectural plans ensure building codes are met and that the resulting home is move-in ready.
TSG likes to start each software project with a three-part “Ideation Phase”. The result includes clear cost estimates and a roadmap everyone can be excited about.
To ensure your app has the highest adoption rate and ROI, we’ll want to know more about your users and business goals. We’ll meet with your team (either in person or remotely) to develop personas, workflows, and wireframes.
Within the first couple of weeks, we provide clickable prototypes of your app to test on real users and show off to your stakeholders and investors. The valuable insights we glean from this feedback ensures the best result.
The vision for your product is made up of many smaller features. By defining and prioritizing these features upfront, the resulting MVP (“minimum viable product”) will be expandable and make the best use of your budget.
Just as building codes ensure a home will be low maintenance and problem-free, proper development practices lower costs and contribute to more reliable software.
TSG advocates for Behavior Driven Development, an Agile software development process that encourages collaboration between developers and stakeholders through a cycle of 3 core steps.
Each development cycle starts with a collaboration between stakeholders and developers to record features to be included in the upcoming build. These are recorded as “scenarios” using a human-readable syntax called “Gherkin” in a project tracking tool like Jira, Trello, or Gitlab.
Next, our scenarios are tied to real blocks of code and built into a continuous integration pipeline. This means that each time a build is run, features are tested automatically. If any feature fails to meet the predefined requirements, it’s caught before continuing to a release.
As features pass our rigorous process, alerts are sent to stakeholders from the project tracking software. Stakeholders can monitor progress in real-time and approve release candidates. This puts you in full control of your project, priorities, and decisions.
Consider another parallel between construction and software. An addition to an existing structure, such as a simple garage, could be completed in a matter of weeks. A small home might require months. Larger commercial complexes can take years. Because TSG operates on a time and materials basis, we’re able to add or remove resources based on the project's demand.
Construction is complete, but we’re not going to drop you at the curb. TSG is ready to help you move in and provide the training needed to get the most out of your new home.
TSG is built on long-standing partnerships with its clients. We make sure data is properly migrated from previous systems and provide training so that your new software is truly yours.
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