27Global’s custom software engineering methodology encapsulates the best Agile development processes along with our best practices from decades of software development experience to emphasize an iterative build, clear definition of requirements, collaboration, and testing throughout. The process begins with an up-front definition period to elicit and capture user stories and requirements, as well as define the architectural approach. Following that, work is organized into releases and releases are then organized into 1-4 week sprints. All work is regression-tested prior to hand off for final User Acceptance Test and production release.
The most critical part of the design and development process is understanding the product and the audience for it.
Utilizing user interviews, we gather feedback from existing or potential users to identify challenges they face with the application. This provides greater insight into how the product needs to be designed in order to address user behavior and pain points.
In most cases it isn’t practical to document all requirements up front, have the development team build to spec and come back months later with an application that doesn’t require a lot of changes. At 27Global we’ve gone away from this Waterfall approach in favor of Agile. This allows all stakeholders to see work in progress and make adjustments along the way, typically leading to less rework and lower costs in the long run.