Brainvire takes immense pride in its work process that has helped the company deliver flawless products and quality services for the client satisfaction till this day. At Brainvire, we believe in working hard with smarter technologies to ensure that our client businesses are benefited from the faster implementation of inventive strategies and competitive technologies. Our goal is to implement a software development process that can help us deliver timely, efficient and customized software products for the needs of our clients.
Being a professional software development company, we do follow industry’s best methodologies in order to build a standard quality product. Talking about the well-adopted methodologies in the industry, for software development, today there are various approaches like waterfall, prototype, spiral, scrum, lean, agile etc. that are being followed by different firms across the world. Amongst the most popular and the widely implemented ones are the waterfall methodology and agile methodology, which are also adopted here at Brainvire.
At Brainvire, we implement Agile development methodology for the execution of the most of our projects. Agile is an incremental development strategy where a project is built through small and rapid development cycles. Hence, this results in small, incremental releases where each release is built on the previous functionality. Each and every release is tested after its development to ensure that quality is maintained while the customer’s expectations are on the track with the process.
We implement agile development process to our client projects which are likely to get frequent alterations. Through Agile process, we make sure that the risks are minimized in a software project being developed by us as this process is very adaptive and open to continuous feedback. As a result, the final product is almost perfectly aligned with customer expectations, thus resulting in high satisfaction and demand.
Agile process gives our developers extreme flexibility and adaptability to stay in tune with the client’s requirements and changes creeping in with the project. Our software professionals implement the SCRUM practice in the Agile software development process. SCRUM is basically a set of rules or say framework for product development with Agile strategy. Here the development process takes place in form of iterations where each iteration is called a SPRINT. SPRINT represents a short term schedule of tasks for development of a small portion of the project to be developed. The result of the SPRINT is the final product deliverable in incremental manner.
In the SCRUM development process, basically three main members are involved – SCRUM master, product owner and the development team.
While product owners are our clients with project requirements and development team represents a group of professional software developers working on the project, SCRUM Master is the most essential person in the SCRUM board. He is the person responsible for SCRUM process execution. He is the one who establishes communication between product owner and development team. He is responsible to see whether SCRUM guidelines are met during the development tasks or not. He has to look into things like making everyone understand the project goals, facilitating SPRINT meetings and keep a watch that everyone in the SCRUM board is doing their tasks properly or not.
For successful completion of Scrum Agile process, meetings like sprint planning meeting, daily scrum meetings and sprint review meetings are held by the scrum board at Brainvire.
Sprint Planning Meeting is a kind of pre-planning meeting between the development team, scrum master and the product owner where they decide the tasks that need to be delivered in the incremental sprint and tasks that are in the backlog. The main motive of this meeting is to plan out a strategy to effectively fulfill the task within the defined sprint timeline.
Not only this, daily scrum meetings of short duration are held by the team to discuss the accomplished tasks from the previous meeting and what is to be done by the next meeting. The objective of this meeting is to plan for the daily work of the team members thereby helping for the synchronization of the work.
Not only planning, meetings are also held for review tasks. Sprint review meetings are held to inspect the work done for the last week or sprint. Here the product owners shares the project status with the team members and discusses about the upcoming sprint. In this meeting product is evaluated in order to decide when it can be released. In the same way, Sprint retrospective meeting is also held to review the process of scrum and thereby plan for the process improvement or to boost up the team efficiency if required for the further development stages.
There are a few important artifacts that are developed and used in the Agile process and they are as follows:
Product Backlog is the most important of all the artifacts or say the master document that helps the team with the development process. It is made by the product owner with important things like product features, functions, enhancements, changes for future release and so on.
Sprint backlog is the document where the tasks for current sprint are defined and this gives the idea to the development team about what are the tasks left back to complete the sprint.
While product increment is the document that shows about the products or items that have been selected for the sprint development and that are removed from the backlog, on the other hand, the burn down chart is a document that shows the pending tasks for sprint and backlog against time which is left in terms of product development.
All these artifacts together help in Agile development process thereby helping the developers to learn about the work status, completed and incomplete tasks and tasks to be done thereby helping in better understanding of the overall status of the project.
Pre-project planning is the most important aspect of the project development as it is on this that the whole process of development will depend. Here focus is laid on identification of client requirements and goals. This is identifying the key information to help identify the scope of the efforts to put by the development team.
This is the initial time of the project development process where the project is just started and our team actively works with the clients to initially develop the scope of the system. Here we talk and discuss with our clients to identify the high-level requirements for the system. The key team members to work on the project are finalized by the managers and the model for the initial architecture of the system is built. The technologies and other technical aspects for the development of the project are discussed and decided by the team and hence, the whole environment is set up for the development.
During construction iterations, our agile development team puts efforts to incrementally deliver quality software solution that meets the varying needs of our clients. We do this by analyzing the client requirements and take up a test-driven design approach based on the architecture model developed for software development. In this approach, we iteratively write a test and then write production code to fulfill that test. Our developers ensure that all the coding conventions and modeling style guidelines are followed during the development process in order to maintain the quality. At the end of each development cycle/iteration we have a partial working solution which is then deployed for system integration testing.
Testing During Iterations
Significant amount of testing is done throughout the construction process. We practice confirmatory testing process to test the developed solution against client specifications. Procedures like confirmatory testing and independent testing are followed to assure the quality remains intact with partial software developed in the iteration. Investigative testing or detailed testing is then done by our professional testers to find out if there are any further defects in the software developed.
During release or deployment phase, the developed solution is released into production. Here the final system testing is performed by a beta test with eventual end users. All the defects found during the test processes are fixed. Proper system and user documentation is written down and the end users are trained for the effective use of the software. Finally the system is deployed the best with an effective deployment strategy.
Hence, Agile is an iterative and incremental methodology that enhances the speed of the development process for a project and easily brings on track even the sluggish projects.
Waterfall methodology is a widely implemented Software Development Life Cycle approach in which process of development seems to be flowing downwards through various phases. It is quite similar to a waterfall. Here each and every phase is linked with its predecessor. In this approach, the phases do not overlap and every phase begins only after its previous phase is completed.
At Brainvire, we do follow this waterfall development methodology in most of our software projects with following phases executed perfectly in a sequence.
Requirements & Analysis
Requirements gathering and analysis of the project is the first thing we do at Brainvire as soon as we get any new project. Our strategy is to carefully and thoroughly understand our client’s needs so that we can best implement these needs in our process. So, we capture all the requirements of the software to be developed from the client and document them neatly in a requirement specification document.
Next phase in our waterfall development process would be the system design method. In this phase we prepare a project design based on the specifications of the requirements phase. This helps us define the hardware/software requirements and overall system architecture of the project.
Based on the system design phase, our developers then create miniature units of the software and then test them for their proper functioning. This is called unit testing.
Integration & Testing:
The small tested units developed in implementation phase will now be integrated to develop an entire project or system. This system as a whole is then tested for any faults, failures or any other functionality and other issues.
After testing process, we deploy this custom software in the customer environment after which customer will be ready to use the product for their intent requirements.
We have not finished our work and responsibility with the deployment. We do provide assistance to our clients even after the software has been implemented in their environment.
We are well aware of the fact that every software project has a unique requirement and will need a suitable development approach to be followed for its successful execution. Following are a few factors based upon which we decide to implement waterfall model for the projects.
Apart from Waterfall and Agile methods, we also implement Lean and Spiral software development processes depending upon the client’s project requirements. Developers at Brainvire are just flexible enough to adapt to different project development approaches in order to deliver the best quality projects to our clients well inclined to the best of their needs.