Here at Progforce, we follow a predefined process that ensures the precise adherence of our products and services to the needs of our clients. We want to make sure that the products we create are developed and deployed based on standard practices in order to ensure quality. We follow a process-oriented development strategy designed to minimize risks and development time. We try to focus on business solutions that achieve business goals instead of merely offering technical solutions. Our team adopts a spiral iterative methodology where a certain project goes through modifications in all stages. Rest assured, we keep our clients informed through every stage of development and make the necessary changes as per request.
This is perhaps the most important task in creating a software product. Clients typically know what they want but not necessarily what software works. Data is provided by the client in the form of existing systems, documents, process specs, market research, competitor analysis, and interviews with end users. This phase is often divided into the following stages:
- • Feasibility study
- • Requirement analysis
- • Requirement definition
- • Requirement specification
- • System design. This stage partitions the requirements to hardware or software systems. A system’s architecture refers to the abstract representation of the system. This stage addresses the interfaces between the software and other products, as well as the host operating system and the hardware.
- • Software design. Specification is the task of accurately describing the software that is about to be developed, possibly in a very rigorous way.
Implementation or Coding
Coding is perhaps the most prominent part of the software engineering task, but is not necessarily the biggest portion. An often overlooked yet important task is documenting internal design software for future enhancement and maintenance projects.
This stage involves testing parts of the software through test plans, test cases and user-acceptance criteria in a deployed environment. Integration and testing is applied, and results are assessed to test reports. It also involves a client acceptance test, feedback and debugging. Here at ProgForce, we always resume software enhancement until it reaches client satisfaction.
Operation and Maintenance
Many software projects fail because web engineers fail to realize that they still must train someone in the organization to use it. People are resistant to change and usually avoid venturing into new areas. As part of the deployment phase, we implement training classes for enthusiastic users, shift training towards neutral users with avid supporters, and finally incorporate everything to the entire organization. Maintaining and enhancing software to cope with issues or new requirements may take additional time in relation to the initial software development. Most maintenance problems require extending systems to perform new functions, which most often results in new and more development work.