You’ve found a professional Education software development company, you are ready to cooperate and sign a contract with them. Now it’s time to investigate how the software development team works and clarify things about how they gather requirements and what is special about high-level development services that make other clients 100% satisfied. Here are the insights from our education software development teams that are going to ruin stereotypes and myths about outsourcing and help set the right expectations at the beginning of the project.
1. With the right team, you get trendy solutions in your pocket
Our aim is to bring the software to the top. No matter what your solution is – a well-prepared idea or raw concept, the team will suggest how to improve and what functionality to add to keep up with the latest trends.
As our experience shows there is always room for improvements such as implementing gamification or simulation elements, analytics, AI or NLP integrations. Schools and universities now pay more attention to all-in-one highly interactive apps that can be easily integrated into the learning environment. The team will consider it in order to deliver meaningful and innovative applications which soon will be adored by learners.
2. You always get accurately estimated and refined requirements
A lot of clients need help in completing requirements and prioritizing tasks that follow business logic and suit strategic objectives.
Be ready to have thorough and open discussions with professionals. Our software development teams do not start implementation without setting realistic expectations, prioritized requirements, and estimated business needs. Experts will set so many questions as they need and challenge your view over the product to find gaps, reveal intricate details to come up with clear objectives. That’s how clients are presented with great solutions and receive clear estimates on everything.
Clients Requirements→Expert analysis and refining→Feedback and approval → Implementation
Client: I want such a button on the first page
Company: What for? Is it good for UX?
If YES – As a <user role> I want to <goal> so that <result>
If NO. It’s better to…
3. You will discover how to make the project more valuable for end-users
Consistency of project plan and clarified vision of product benefits for users is critical. For projects with unclear requirements and poor business analysis, we conduct the Discovery phase. Both the software team and product owner have to know exactly users’ pain-points in order to solve them with functional and nonfunctional requirements. The aim of the Discovery service is to learn the needs of end-users’ inside-out, investigate the market opportunities and compile metrics that will help to measure project success.
Identifying Result Metrics
Defining Technology stack and Architecture
Preliminary UX prototype
4. You will enjoy clarity in work and transparency in communication
The biggest challenge reported by Stack overflow is building a product without clear requirements. We believe that a successful project is the one in which the client is engaged and can provide constructive feedback. That’s why software development teams always want to be on the same page with customers.
Team leads, delivery managers, software and quality assurance engineers meet to define and clarify once again each feature to make sure everyone is on the same page. Common situation: you as a client can think every Learning Management System has this module which should be obvious for engineers. However, hardly a development team can guess your opinion. In software development, everybody is directed by accurate requirements and resolutions which are mostly provided in a written format.
For this implementation starts with documentation and the client will closely collaborate with Business Analyst, Delivery Manager, Engagement Manager, Technical Leader and UI/UX Designer.
Vision and Scope Document
Software Requirements Specifications
Statement of Work (purpose, schedule, tasks, payment and more)
Jira, Gmail, Slack, Skype and other channels for documenting, specifications, change requests and multi-channel communication
5. You will be surprised with high flexibility and reactive thinking
Software development teams use Agile methodology in development. As the concept agility means alertness, vivacity and speed, the team is always available to react to challenges and adapt to changes. You are ensured with ease in doing alterations, continuous improvement and daily communication with a team.
6. You will be provided with predictable costs estimates and possibilities to optimize budget
We avoid any ambiguity about knowing how much a client will pay for the development service. The company offers 3 types of cooperation and you are presented either with a fixed price signed by two parties at the beginning of the project, or you have an opportunity to monitor and reduce costs during implementation
If your project is too long and it’s difficult to estimate the definite price at once, read more about the Dedicated Team model. One more advantage you can always access is the app cost calculator, a tool that automatically calculates the average price of your application.
App Cost Calculator
Rent-a-Team – drive improvements and changes at flexible costs
Project Team – pay fixed price, set deadline and get results on-time
Dedicated Team – scale up with experts and optimize budget during implementation
7. You will forget about bugs in code and performance issues
Proper tack stack for your product increases the success of a solution and can save you money and time. We rely on the most popular and prospective technologies that help build configurable, scalable and secure applications and extend functionality. When choosing a tech stack for the project we take it necessary to think ahead and remember about project functional requirements, business needs, timescope, performance and scalability.
All this influences the decision whether to offer front-end, back-end or full-stack software engineers for a project team composition.
The next team’s task is to choose not only a programming language and frameworks, but decide on database, web servers and integrations.
iOS, Android, development – React Native v.s Flutter
Web development – ReactJS, Node.js, .Net, Python
Cloud: Azure, AWS
8. You will be pleased with the quality of the delivered product
Delivery of software projects is a well-structured process led by a Delivery manager who is responsible for presenting a client with a software solution built according to all documented requirements.
Delivery is not only about the finish line of the product development. A successful delivery of products starts with verifying and approving the requirements by a client. If a client agrees on each and every detail, the team shifts to implementation. Then the checking results and reporting phase comes.
Such an iterative approach guarantees that in the end the team will meet client expectations and there would not be any misunderstandings. More than that, the client budget is protected for excessive expenses, as the team won’t waste time on tasks that have never been verified and approved by a client.
Team analysis and proposal↓
Requirements verification ↓
Features implementation ↓
Tangible results on-time
If you have an idea of an educational application to build, feel free to contact us and talk with our experts. Explore reviews and our case studies for more details.
Written by Christian Nordqvist, originally posted here
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