SW Development

practices for success

Current software development practices are related to two main areas. The first one is close collaboration with business in customer centric cross functional teams. The second uderpinning practice we call software craftsmanship that is related to seamless continous delivery of value to customers.

The soft practices:

  • customer centric – cross functional team
  • flexible planning in short iterations
  • transparency
  • focus on outcomes not outputs
  • efficiency and discipline
  • minimum viable product
  • related methods like Scrum, Kanban, Extreme programming
  • servant leadership
  • user/customer experience

 

The hard practices:

  • continuous delivery
  • product management
  • beyond budgeting
  • service design
  • agile architecture
  • rapid prototyping
  • testing – test driven development
  • pair programming
  • clean code

It's important to remember that using the "soft" practices doesn't level up your delivery much. It must go hand in hand with technical best practices.

Common issues

A lot of companies on the market are still suffering with poor delivery of their services. The common reasons are:

  • lack of quality
  • lack motivation
  • low cross-team collaboration
  • poor product management
  • outdated technical practices.

All of mentioned are resolvable but it can take from months to years and requires significant amount of change in company that needs to be managed.

One of options is to engage consulting company or teams that can help with change of “inject” the best practices

 

Peak demand

The common challenge for internal technical teams it coping with volatility in business or customer demand. One of the options is hiring which is usually much more expensive than engaging external consulting agency that can cover peaks in demand easily. The ROI on cooperation with external craftsman agency is usually very positive including short time to market.

Vendor models

The main models are either staff augmentation (body-shopping) or outsourcing of development services. Neither model is optimal and has advantages and disadvantages. That’s why we developed flexible service called “co-development” which can cover both models easily.

See: https://flexiana.com/codevelopment

 

How to choose right vendor

  • The great vendor of development services must be simply a Craftsman with both experience and expertise.
  • It means excellence and professionalism in technical and managerial capabilities.
  • The ideal cooperation must be based on trust and transparency in all aspects. The vendor must be focused on delivery of value to the customer with keeping of great level of satisfaction and positive ROI of project or initiative.
  • The safe how to preve the vendor is the trial period when both parties can test the cooperation and vendor can prove its value.

We develop & maintain whole apps & digital services for you

  • Our areas of focus:
  • Mission Critical – lives, big revenues or SLAs in place
  • High Complexity – both problem domain or technology
  • Ergonomic & Good UX intensive – apps must be fast & nice to use
  • Fast changing environment – in transformation or in dynamic market
  • If at least one of these applies to you, we might be the best partner.

Apps, websites and business tools

Complex systems from an idea to delivery

Senior developers or other professionals

What are advantages of Co-development over outsourcing?

  • Transparency – our partner always knows what’s happening and how daily operations look like.
  • More control, if you like – partial- outsourcing is possible. Mixing internal and external people is possible too.
  • Flexibility – our partner can move the cooperation to control or add more members. We will adapt to their needs.
  • Daily Operations – our scrum masters will take care of daily operations. Often, we have a whole team ready. We can scale (up and down) faster.
  • Business Insights – experts in fin-tech, ecommerce and retail industry are there to teach latest industry insights.