We have bootstrapped the team from scratch, and during these five years, we have worked with many startups and businesses providing them intuitive web app development services. As we gained experience, we started understanding the importance of process during development. We did refine the process as we found the problems. So, the process for mobile app development services at CodeToArt is time-tasted, and we are still open to doing the modification in the process as per client demands wherever necessary.
When you send the inquiry to us, we care about your intellectual property, so we send you the NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) and will sign it to start a further discussion.
If you have not documented your idea or business needs while planning for web app outsourcing correctly, and you would like to record it, then we can send the Request For Proposal (RFP) template.
Regardless, you send us your detailed requirements in your draft or our RFP format. We assign this requirement to the Account Manager. Our account managers are technical with good business acumen.
To understand your requirements, he will raise many questions. The Account Manager will need to have several calls and email communications during this process. The Account Manager will also identify potential issues and risks that can slow down the development or can create the problem later and will advise you accordingly. For Example, if you want to sell digital content on an iPhone application and mentioned the requirement to use your payment gateway. But as per Apple Guidelines, it is mandatory to use Apple In-App Purchase in such cases. Or you have real-time messaging functionality in your app. But for the initial phase, if it is possible to go for a non-real-time messaging feature, it is faster and less expensive. The Account Manager will identify such potential issues and advise you accordingly for a clear understanding of mobile app development services required.
Once the requirements are precise, he will decide the technology stack and team structure. He will hold talks with the UI/UX team and the Development team to find approximate estimates. Based on all the gathered information, we will send you a personalized offer that will help you understand the approximate time and effort required for each feature, tech stack we'll be using, and team structure. We sign the contract to start the work.
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Now the contract is signed, we start the work. Our Account Manager will begin analyzing the requirements. Account Manager
- Studies your requirements in detail
- Understands user personas
- Conducts competitor and market analysis
He starts searching for the best technical solution and also finds third-party APIs, which can help to speed up the mobile app development services.
At the same time, the UI/UX designer starts doing UI/UX research based on the information from the Account Manager.
UI/UX designers already started the UI/UX research and defined the color palette. He now works on designing the wireframes, which give you the whole idea of how your app will look and how the buttons/text/menu will be placed on the screen.
While designing, we send you designs frequently for the feedback so you can suggest the changes.
Once you approve the designs, we head on to Development and Implementation.
We start with the development phase, while the analysis and design phases are in progress. As soon as the designer completes a few initial screens and the client approves them, we start with the development.
All the designs and documents created from the design and analysis phase provides ground for the team to kick off the development phase. Account Manager starts the process of transferring knowledge to the Project Manager, and he does the following tasks:
- Sets up a project in project management tool (JIRA or Trello) and add developers and testers into it.
- Sets up a git repository and add respective developers and testers to the git repo.
Creates user stories & project backlog based on functional and non-functional requirements and business needs.
Developers start with setting up initial project setup, define all environments of kotlin app development services like development, staging & production.
2. Scrum Methodology
For development, we follow the Scrum Methodology, where we develop the product in sprints. We have two weeks of sprints at CodeToArt, where we plan some features of the application ensuring an end to end solution for your web app outsourcing needs. If it is not possible to complete the function in two weeks, divide it into smaller tasks, and complete the feature in multiple sprints. Moreover, during the sprint planning phase, we also add bugs/issues raised in the previous sprint.
Thanks to the Scrum Methodology, after every two weeks' sprint, we send you the build for your feedback instead of sending it at the end ensuring transparency in our Mobile app development services.
Some highlights of Scrum Methodology we at CodeToArt follow:
- We have two weeks sprint at CodeToArt
- Features and Tasks from Product Backlog moved to Sprint Backlog during Sprint Planning.
- After each sprint, we send you the build for feedback.
The Project Manager adds all the Bugs/Issues raised in the sprint to the product backlog. They are picked up in the appropriate sprint during sprint planning.
As a developer develops the feature during the sprint, our tester tests the build, validates it and raises the bugs in the project management tool. Tester doesn't approve the build until the app meets all the requirements.
Deployment and Release
We set up the following three environments for any typical project:
- Development - Used by developers and testers.
- Staging/Testing - Used by testers and clients.
- Production - Used by testers for sanity testing and end-users.
Each sprint is developed and tested in the development environment. The project is released in a staging environment for the client's approval after the tester approves the development build.
Testers also quickly test the staging environment along with the client. Tester adds all the bugs & improvements to the product backlog from where it is picked in the next sprint depending on priority, or if it is the last sprint, we proceed to production deployment and release. On production, sometimes the project is released to some set of users initially for the testing. It is called User Acceptance Testing (UAT).
Post Release and Support
After the official release of the product, you will start receiving the feedback from the users. Based on the input, you will need to enhance the product and implement new features or improve existing features to ensure best results being provided in kotlin app development services. We do provide post-release support services where we quickly develop and ship the new features. We provide post-release support in two forms:
- Fixed Monthly Retainer - You hire the developers with a fixed monthly retainer. The advantage of hiring a fixed monthly retainer is that our developer will work for a set number of hours every month as decided in the post-release agreement.
- Sprint Based - You come up with some set of features after you start receiving the feedback. We check the availability of our developers and plan the sprint for the collection of features depending on the availability of the developers.
If you have a well-defined development process and you are looking to hire expert developers to work on the technical solution you proposed. We do integrate with the development process of the client. We can use this model for post-release support as well.
Which tools do we use to ensure visibility?
Following are some of the tools we use
- Slack - For Team communication
- Zoom - For meetings. But we are open to other options if the client prefers other tools for meetings.
- Gitlab - Code Repository
- JIRA or Trello - We use JIRA or Trello for Project Management, but we are open to other tools for the same if the client prefers a different tool.
- Clockify - For Time tracking
How do we ensure Transparency?
According to us, the following are some of the crucial factors to ensure Transparency in any Web app development services:
1. Responsive Communication - For us, responsive communication is of the utmost importance when working with a remote client. We mostly answer the query within 30 mins. But if it comes at midnight, then we answer the question within 6 hrs. We have a policy within the team to at least acknowledge even if we don't know the answer and need some time to investigate it. The Project Manager will always be next door to answer your queries regarding anything.
2. Progress Tracking - We send you the build every two weeks at the end of the sprint. Frequent builds will keep you updated about the progress. If you still want to know the development anytime, you can ask the project manager, and he will always be happy to give you an update.
3. Full Access - Moreover, we give you access to the tools we use, and you can always talk with developers on Slack if required.
The ultimate aim of the above process is to develop a great product which will help your vision convert into reality or help you in your business needs. Our Mobile app development services ensure full visibility over the development process, along with estimated delivery time.
Are you convinced about our development process? Contact us for your next project!