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Manageable Deadlines

We realize the pressure put on our clients to bring their tech novelties to the market by specific deadlines: high sales season, a conference, a brand activation event, a stakeholder or investor meeting. Taking control over the project timelines helps mitigate such challenges. Softeq has adopted special routines to facilitate project time management — from the initial contact to final delivery.




  • PROMPT RESPONSE

    Once you submit your RFP, we’ll get back to you for details within 24h.




  • COMPETENT ESTIMATION

    We’ll involve subject-matter specialists to estimate the effort and duration of the project based on your requirements.




  • TRACKABLE PROGRESS

    We employ the Jira issue tracking and project management system to help track the development team’s progress. Softeq practices continuous integration — integration of newly developed code into a shared repository several times a day. This enables transparency into the latest code and project status.
     




  • FROM-SCRATCH DEVELOPMENT

    Building a brand-new solution that hasn’t been done before may affect the delivery deadline due to unforeseen bottlenecks — unverified concept, half-baked technology, discontinued components. To mitigate these risks, we suggest starting such projects with an R&D or PoC implementation. This way we’ll tweak the concept along the way and confirm our initial project estimations.




  • SMOOTH INTEGRATION

    To make sure the newly built solution smoothly integrates with the existing system landscape, we select a suitable technology so that it’s compatible with the client’s tech stack, cost-efficient to integrate and maintain; fit for the intended job and sustainable. Using a time-proven tech we get a stronger control over the development process and help smooth project traction.
     




  • SUPERVISED PROCESSES

    Softeq’s project managers (PM) and delivery managers (DM) ensure on-time solution delivery. PMs plan the work against the deadlines, prioritize tasks based on team’s capacity, and ensure due deliverables quality. DMs ensure the process uniformity and efficiency: the project kicks off and ends with a certain artifact pack; it runs without overspending; the resources are utilized in a balanced way; the problems are resolved in a timely manner; the deadlines are duly met.




  • SANITY-CHECKED PRIORITIES

    We check every new feature request outside of the original project scope against the solution goals. If it conflicts with the agreed solution vision, we’ll suggest an alternative option so that the deadlines remain intact.




  • READY-MADE TECHNOLOGY USE

    Employing ready-made solutions for building a complex system may take a toll on the timeline due to integration issues. To prevent this, we always check if we have any past integration experience with the target software. This will enable us to promptly suggest relevant workarounds and respect the timelines.

We appreciate your need to secure solution delivery by a specific date. To keep the project turnaround time under control, we do knowledgeable estimations; rely on transparent processes; prioritize tasks against the deadline and the available budget; identify possible bottlenecks and suggest efficient workarounds.


How to balance between cost, time, and quality?

This balance is the cornerstone of every project's execution. Our philosophy that has been inspiring us for the past 20 years is to do what we said, when we said, and for how much we said. We encourage you to learn more about our multi-aspect delivery control approach.


Which engagement model is right for me?

There is no universal advice and no one-fits-all engagement model. To select the most cost-effective contracting and billing terms, you need to know pros and cons of each option we offer. Explore our engagement models and then disucss you project details with us. 


When would a dedicated team suit best? 

Usually we recommend using this model to clients who have a mid to large project at hand and the requirements are assessed and well-documented. This presupposes a steady workload for the development team, meaning our average hourly rates are subject to reduction.

Project Management

Phases and Iterations

Typically a project consists of phases that support the renowned software development life cycle (SDLC): from requirements gathering and analysis, through design and development to QA, deployment and support. Depending on the project specifics or the client’s requirements, project phases might switch order, run in parallel, or repeat. Each phase may consist of several iterations. An iteration is a period within the project timeline that has a fixed objective and a defined deliverable — both discussed and approved by the client in advance. Unlike project phases, iterations have a fixed order and cannot be interchanged or omitted. This allows streamlining the process and maintaining a logical step-by-step order of activities.

SDLC Methodologies

We apply well-balanced mix of PRINCE2 (Project IN Controlled Environment, edition 2) project management methodology and Agile-development approach (depending on project specific it can be SCRUM, Kanban or customized iterative development). PRINCE2 methodology allows isolating the management aspects of project work from the specialist contributions, such as analysis, design, implementation, testing, etc., while Agile approach allows team to focus on deliverables, timelines and timely customer feedback. If required by the client, we can follow RUP, Waterfall or pure Agile.

Risk Management

Softeq closely monitors status and reports risks as they are identified. Each risk is tracked and options are explored and communicated. To keep the project on track a weekly meeting is established to review risks and gain timely approvals. Each phase of the custom application development project at Softeq is driven according to the relative importance of three project management flexibility dimensions: schedule, features and cost. In order to achieve this objective, we start with the following assumptions regarding your priorities and flexibility:

  • The schedule is normally the least flexible dimension since there would be little value to a solution which was delivered too late.
  • The feature set prescribed for the solution may be somewhat flexible and feature tradeoffs could be considered in order to meet the schedule requirement.
  • In order to meet schedule or maintain desired features, cost tradeoffs may be considered.

Note that our specialists are checking these assumptions throughout the project to ensure that we are driving the project in a manner consistent with our customer’s current priorities.

Quality Assurance

Softeq’s custom development services help not only reach the client’s ultimate project goal, but also minimize its Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) while balancing resource utilization throughout the distributed development cycle. We practice on-going quality assurance which means providing on-going testing coverage in parallel with the development throughout the whole application development life cycle — from requirements and earliest deliverables to acceptance of the final product. Continuous QA approach brings tangible benefits both in terms of code quality and cost effectiveness.

Softeq maintains an independent QA team of professionals from different focus areas — mobile applications, desktop software and web solutions, firmware and embedded systems. For us such specialization plus separation from the development team means concentrated knowledge and aggregated domain experience. For the client this results in shorter learning curves, unbiased and streamlined QA activities and high-quality deliverables at the end of each iteration. These may include applications and data, source code, installation packages, documentation, etc. All deliverables (from source code to working installation and user’s guides) are 100% alienable — the client does not depend on Softeq if they need to put the project on hold, revisit the requirements or test the artifacts independently with a different contractor.

Change Request Management: Flexibility Yet Control

In-development and post-implementation changes are often a reasonable necessity. Owing to Sоfteq’s flexibility supported by streamlined processes, project management tools, and detailed documentation, it is possible to make corrections as the development unfolds. The desired improvements are compiled as change requests that undergo a standard procedure: description – estimation – prioritization – planning – unified storing.

Change requests cannot be implemented all together at once due to technical constraints and the necessity to clearly describe the new requirements and provide an update to the project timeline and budget estimations. Therefore they are processed by the Project Manager and/or business analyst and queued in order of priority. Simultaneously the client has total visibility over the pool of change requests and control over the scope and implementation progress.  

Throughout the project, progress status will always be transparent and available to the client through web-based project tools for version control (e.g. Collabnet Subversion Edge), feature and bug tracking (e.g. Atlassian Jira), and content and knowledge management (e.g. Atlassian Confluence). Softeq practices continuous integration (CI) so the latest code and project status may be inspected by the client at any time. Upon the client’s request, Softeq can switch to the resources and tools preferred or established on the client side. 

Get in Touch

Don't hesitate to send us your question or a future product description. Our specialists will get back to you within one business day, following the established client service and inquiry management process. Please rest assured we strictly observe the IP protection and non-disclosure rules. All client's sensitive information is protected as soon as you contact us for the first time. Our professional help is one click away.

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