How can I ensure quality in the development process?
Custom software development is a complex process, and quality control is essential for successful delivery. As a custom software development company, we ensure quality control throughout your work with us in a number of ways including:
- We plan and document the development process in detail, outlining the goals and objectives of the software solution, the timeline and deliverables, and the stages of development before we ever get started on any development or consulting work. This helps us to plan and track the project, measure progress, and identify potential issues in advance.
- We monitor and assess the quality of the software at every stage of development. This includes automated testing, code reviews, and continuous integration. This helps us to detect errors and bugs early on, ensuring that the product meets the required quality standards.
- We use a variety of tools and techniques to ensure that the software solution is secure and reliable. This includes using secure coding practices, penetration testing, and code auditing. This helps ensure that the software is safe from malicious attacks, and that it meets your security requirements.
- We use a variety of methods to measure and assess the quality of the final software solution or other deliverable. This includes user testing, usability testing, and performance testing. This helps us identify any areas of improvement, and ensure that the product is of the highest quality.
What is your process for software design and architecture?
When you work with our software development company, you’ll be guided through every step of the software design and architecture development process.
We begin by conducting a thorough analysis of your business needs and the desired outcome. We then work with you to create a comprehensive software architecture that meets your needs. This includes determining the best and most cost effective technologies to use, defining the overall system architecture, addressing any integration needs, and creating a detailed architecture design with thorough documentation.
We will then work to finalize the software architecture by ensuring it meets all of your requirements. Any feedback you have will be integrated at this point until we reach a satisfactory architecture design.
From there we can pass the software architecture plans onto either your software development team or our own senior software developers who will then begin working on the next step of project development.
Learn More: SoftKraft Software Product Development Process
How would you approach a complex software project?
When approaching a complex software project, the first step is to assess the needs of the client and the scope of the project. We need to understand the needs of the client and the challenges they face in order to identify the best approach and solution. During this stage, we need to identify the project requirements, timeline, and resources.
Once the software development project requirements and timeline are established, we can then move on to the design stage. During this stage, we need to develop a detailed plan that outlines the project objectives, functional requirements, and technical requirements. This plan will serve as a roadmap for the project and helps ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget.
The development stage is the next step in the process. We will use the plan developed in the design stage to create the software solution. During this stage, we will use the latest software engineering techniques and technologies to create a robust and secure software system. We will also ensure that the software meets the requirements outlined in the plan.
The final step is the testing and deployment stage. During this stage, we will test the software to ensure that it is working correctly and meets the requirements outlined in the plan. Once the software is tested and verified, we will deploy it to the client’s environment.
Throughout the entire process, we will keep the client informed of the status of the project and provide regular updates. We will also ensure that the client is satisfied with the results and that the software meets their needs.
What technologies do your software developers have expertise in?
Our software developers have expertise in a variety of technologies, including Python, React.js, Vue.js, and Django.
- Python is a general-purpose versatile programming language that can be used for a variety of tasks. Our consultants are well-versed in Python and can use it to develop robust applications.
- Django is a high-level Python web framework that enables developers to quickly and easily create web applications. Our consultants are knowledgeable in Django and can create powerful web applications.
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Can you help me get my software development project back on track?
Yes! We provide software consulting and end-to-end development for both new and in-progress projects. If you have a project that’s not where you want it to be, our team can help you get it back on track. Whether you’re facing a lack of resources, a lack of direction, or simply need help from a professional to get the project back on track, our software development services are here for you.
When you reach out to us, the first step in getting your project back on track is to understand your unique needs and challenges. We will work with you to identify the root causes of the project’s difficulties and develop a strategy to address them. Our software development experts can assist with anything from developing a go-forward budget and timeline to helping rectify poor technology choices or code issues.
We also offer technical guidance and strategic advice to help ensure that your project is being built the right way. Our consultants can help you find the best tools and techniques for your project, as well as advise on how to optimize your existing processes. We will also help you identify any potential risks and develop strategies to mitigate them.
Finally, we offer ongoing support throughout the project. As your project progresses, our team will work with you to adjust your strategy to accommodate any changes that may arise. We also provide regular status updates and reports, so you can track your project’s progress and stay on top of any issues that arise.
We understand how important it is to get your software development project back on track. Our development services are designed to provide you with the support and guidance you need to get your project back on track and ensure a successful outcome.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get your project back on track.
Can you help project manage my software development project?
Yes, we can certainly help project manage your custom software development project. Our software development experts are experienced in helping clients plan, manage and deliver software projects in a timely and efficient manner.
Our software development team is able to provide a range of project management services, which are tailored to the specific needs of your project. Our services include project planning, budgeting, resource allocation, risk management and project reporting. We also provide regular project updates and can help with project scheduling and task management.
Our team will work closely with you to ensure that all aspects of your project are managed effectively. We can provide guidance and advice on the best course of action, helping you to make the right decisions for your project.
We understand that custom software development projects are complex, and require careful planning and management. With our project management services, you can be sure that your project will be completed on time and on budget. We will help you to stay on track, and make sure that you meet all of your project objectives.
If you would like to learn more about our project management services, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you with your software development project.
What is the process for selecting a software development agency?
Finding the right software development partner to build your custom software is critical. The stakes are high when you’re investing significant capital, resources, and time into an outsourced software development project.
To find the right software development company, we recommend you follow this process:
- Define project objectives and timeframe. If you’re unsure how to properly scope out your custom software development project, you can hire a technology expert or interim CTO locally or remotely. This person can help you manage the project from your end. Check out CTO as a Service for on-demand technical leadership services.
- Find software development companies. There are plenty of resources where you can find software development companies including using Google to search for software development companies that offer services you are after as well as browsing sites like Clutch.
- Check their portfolio and experience in your domain. You should focus on if the company has relevant experience. An outsourcing partner should clearly understand your industry, market, and/or business process. Be cautious if a software development company claims to have experience doing something similar but they can’t share any information.
- Make sure they act as a true partner. Expertise in specific technologies, tools, and programming languages is necessary to create a decent product especially in the software development industry. But this is never enough to create a great product. The best software development company will act as a true partner rather than simply an external agency.
- See if they specialize in what you need. Oftentimes, a software development company will be comfortable using certain technologies and specialize in creating a certain type of solution such as mobile apps, web apps, or enterprise software.
- Assess the partner's communication style. Be very aware of how the team communicates over email as well as during the first phone or video calls. This will likely give you a sense of if their communication style fits with your expectations.
- Check their development methodology. The development methodology should be based in adaptive planning, early delivery, frequent project updates, and modern communication tools. This will help you stay informed at every stage of project development.
- Request their security practices. You should also consider how to secure the solution being developed. Does the development team have appropriate security practices in place? What security level needs to be adopted? Not all development agencies will handle security concerns equally, so make sure you ask detailed questions.
- Examine company structure and team dynamics. It’s important to understand a company’s business structure and development team dynamics. You should have a sense of how a company is organized, what roles different team members hold, and how team members work together.
- Ask about testing and software maintenance. Before you sign a contract with any software development company, you should have a sit-down and understand what their policy is on testing. You want to understand how they conduct testing throughout all stages of development.
Read More: How to Choose a Software Development Company in 10 Steps
What questions should I ask potential custom software development companies?
Questions to ask software development companies can vary depending on many factors. This being said, the 15 Software Vendor Interview Questions we are about to recommend should be good in most cases. They are general enough to cover the most important aspects of IT services and development projects, but also specific enough to encourage revealing answers from the custom software development company.
- What custom software development services do you provide?
- Could you present a project similar to mine in terms of technology, functionality, and/or business domain?
- Can you provide good references from previous projects?
- What kinds of companies do you typically work with? / Who is your ideal client?
- Who will manage my project?
- What does your typical process look like?
- What quality assurance practices do you have in place?
- What reporting practices and collaboration tools do you use?
- Can you present the people who will deliver services to me? What is their experience level?
- Tell me about your hiring process. Where do you find your candidates and what do you look for when hiring new developers in the IT industry?
- How many software development team members do you have working with the same technology?
- Will the developers assigned to my project work on any other project at the same time?
- Why should I choose you rather than other software development companies?
- What are your rates and payment terms?
- Can you estimate the length of my project?
Read More: 15 Software Vendor Interview Questions [Procurement Guide]
What services does a software development agency provide?
Top software development companies will be able to provide comprehensive services to help you with every aspect of your software solutions, from optimizing business processes to data architecture design and project workflow management. You’ll likely be able to custom software development companies that provide:
- Technology selection and validation assistance
- Software architecture assessment and design
- UX / UI design
- IT strategy development
- Software development and implementation
- Software testing and QA
- Data migration and integration
- Security and compliance
- Software maintenance and support
- Optimization of software business processes
- Mobile app development
- Enterprise software development
- Digital transformation and software modernization support
- Project management, budget optimization and timeline management
Regardless of the stage of development you are in, a software development partner should be able to help you optimize your processes and make better development decisions. We recommend you speak with the custom software development firms you are interested in working with to see if they offer the services you are looking for.
Ready to get in touch? Contact us today to discuss your project.
How much does a software development agency charge?
The cost for software development projects are typically based on an hourly rate. Depending on the complexity and scope of the project as well as the developers location and experience level, the rate may vary.
At SoftKraft, our software developers and designers offer a balance of value and deep technical and industry expertise to help you create the perfect software solution.
We provide our clients with comprehensive and detailed cost estimates, as well as regular updates on the progress of the project. We also have extensive experience in project management and can provide our clients with the budgeting and management tools they need to keep their project on track. We believe in transparency and value for money. We are committed to providing our clients with the best possible solution for their needs.
At the end of the day, our goal is to provide our clients with the best software solutions that are tailored to their needs and budget. We are committed to providing our clients with a cost-effective solution that meets their technical and business requirements.
We’d be happy to provide you with a detailed project estimate for software development. Contact us to get an estimate today!
How long does it take to develop a software project with a software development agency?
Software development projects can take anywhere from a few weeks to 24 months. It really depends on the complexity of the project. To give you a better idea, here are a few examples of software development services:
Simple data integration project will take about 2 to 4 weeks. Our development team tracks their time worked using 3rd party work-logging applications. To streamline project billing, we have built a custom application in less than 1 week using Active Admin and implementing two API integrations. It connects the data and allows us to issue error-free invoices to all clients faster. It was later extended to have more functionality.
And a complex custom web application project will take anywhere from 4 to 24 months - see example here
What is the process of working with a software development agency?
At SoftKraft we are dedicated to offering software development services that deliver real business value. We start every new partnership with an initial discovery, research, and estimation phase to ensure all project requirements are clearly understood, then we move on to a planning phase, and then into well-managed front-end development sprints.
You can expect our development process to follow these steps:
1. Initial discovery, research & estimation
We listen to understand what you want to build, what features your product should have, and what bottom-line results you want.
2. Workshops & planning
The results-driven design thinking approach we use at SoftKraft is a catalyst for the iterative custom software development process. It combines the best software development methodologies. Get ready for an intense design workshop that will clarify your business idea and help us build much better custom software solutions.
3. Development sprints
Software development life-cycle is a structured and repetitive process that is divided into smaller parts - sprints. Each iteration covers a part of the project scope that is deliverable in a short and controllable period of time. Following agile methodology best practices, each sprint ends with a demo of a working part of the product by our development team, which then opens user acceptance testing.
4. Stabilization & release process
Custom software development is a complex process that needs a stabilization phrase. During this stage, we focus on perfecting every area that makes the final product meet the business agility goals. When the stabilization stage is over and we have positive user feedback from the first users we can deploy the first version of the custom software into the production environment.
5. Support & aftercare
After successful custom software development, we can continue to provide support. We can monitor the performance, and we are ready to fix all the issues based on the SLA or a different arrangement.
Depending on the client and project needs, we set the rules for support and technical improvements. We set the error handling rules, issues priorities, time of our reaction, and the amount of time of our developers that we should book monthly without sacrificing product quality.
Learn More: SoftKraft Software Product Development Process
What steps do I need to take before working with a software development agency?
Choosing to work with a software development agency is a significant decision. Many teams want to know what they can do before starting an engagement to set themselves up for success. We recommend the following:
1. Define your goals and objectives: This is a critical step. To find the right agency for your project, you should know exactly what it is you want to build and what your priorities are. Take the time to ensure alignment internally before involving any third parties. Link to Software Development SOW article when available.
2. Research potential agencies: Of course before you begin working with an agency, you need to find one. Investigate the various software development agencies to determine which one is the best fit for your project. Consider reviewing our article: How to Choose a Software Development Company in 10 Steps.
3. Establish a timeline: Outline a timeline for the project from beginning to end. Do this first internally. Line up your project with other IT projects. Then, when you’ve found the right partner, ensure your timelines are in sync and there’s a clear, detailed plan established to help you meet your deadlines.
4. Set a budget: Decide on the budget for the project and make sure that it is realistic and achievable. This can be difficult to do if you haven’t worked on a similar project before. Try using our cost estimation guide to get started: Link to Software Development Cost Estimation article when available.
5. Sign a contract: Before any work begins, make sure you sign a contract. Negotiate terms document all project details before signing and kicking off your project.