Everything starts with collecting user stories, which involves identifying the needs and expectations of our customers. The team then typically begins by breaking these stories down into small and manageable chunks, prioritizing those that deliver the most value to the customer. These user stories serve as the centerpiece when considering the design and overall architecture of the system.
We also utilize them to create the project plan and software development roadmap. The team is actively practicing Behavior-Driven Development (BDD), involving business analysts, developers, and testers at every stage of the process. When we are working on a new feature, we engage in discussions using concrete examples of what that feature should do, to minimize the chances of misunderstandings and overlooked assumptions. This approach helps mitigate risks, while also enhancing the collaboration among team members.
To track the project’s progress, we employ modern tools, such as JIRA. During the early stages of product development, we establish an automated build process. This automation increases productivity and the quality of our product, while also accelerating delivery to ensure we can ship the first working version of the software to the customer as early as possible. Development and testing are not separate phases in the process; they go hand in hand. We constantly test our software to ensure it functions correctly, meets requirements, and is free of bugs or issues. As our teams follow an agile approach, primarily adopting the Scrum methodology, we conduct daily standup meetings and hold retrospectives. This helps keep the project on track and allows the team to continuously improve. Once the software is deployed, we provide ongoing maintenance and support activities, along with documentation.