The most common question that everyone asks when creating an app is: "How long does it take to create it?" The complexity of the app determines this to a certain extent. Expert app developers make this possible by using innovative app development methodologies. At Zco, we adopt these methodologies to streamline our app development process to enhance our projects' quality. Agile scrum is one such methodology where the whole development process is separated into different subtasks. Each of the subtasks is then divided into different modules for the development team, and functionalities are delivered through sprint releases. An agile methodology best fits complex projects where the client requirements might change over time.
The core principles of the agile methodology rely on flexible project planning, customer involvement, risk management, early delivery, and continuous project evaluation. We execute our app development process through these agile principles to achieve refined products, efficient project workflows, and allocate resources efficiently to meet project deadlines on time. We're going to examine how Zco implements this methodology to build our projects.
Sprint Planning and Implementation
We begin project development with an internal kick-off meeting. The scrum master (mostly our project managers of an agile development team) initiates the kick-off meeting and assigns developers for specific project modules. They monitor and control all development tasks and monitor the project's status throughout the process. After the kick-off meeting, we conduct the sprint-planning meeting that involves all the team members and the product owner. Here, the product owner explains the required features and functionalities of the app and updates it to the product backlog.
Once the kick-off meeting and sprint planning have concluded, we conduct an internal meeting with team members to decide how many tasks they can finish and provide at the end of current sprint period. When the committed tasks have been communicated, the product owner will move the committed task from the product backlog to the sprint backlog. We conduct daily standup meetings with the product owner, where all the team members interact with each other, discussing the tasks accomplished for the day, tasks planned for the next day, and the possible risks. This helps to expedite the process and ensure that necessary features are delivered on time.
Design and Development
When it comes to executing the design and development processes, our team creates the user interface design based on instruction provided by the product owners. The coding process starts once we get all the UI designs approved by the product owner. This will be executed by the task assignments during the sprint-planning meeting. Development proceeds concurrently with rigorous developer testing, code reviews, and bug fixing, so that any errors in the program are caught at the earliest and rectified in the right way in each sprint. Similarly, we take regular client feedback and clarifications that facilitate the progress of the sprint process.
We strictly follow the testing and review process in compliance with our organizational standards and guidelines. This helps us ensure that our app meets internal quality standards and provide bug-free products to our clients. Once the developer testing has concluded, the test engineer prepares test cases based on what we execute during quality assurance testing. The test cases are then sent to the product owner for approval. After the QA process, the test result notes will be sent to the product owner along with an updated build.
Once the testing process has finished, the test engineer will provide a sprint demo to the product owner. We follow best industry standards and practices to release our projects. At the end of every sprint, our SQA team initiates the sprint retrospective meeting with the team members and product owners, where they analyze questions such as: “What went right in the sprint,” “What went wrong in the sprint” and “Are there any areas where we can improve?” This helps us rectify any errors and improve the overall development process. We use project management tools in our scrum projects which act as mediums for the sprint project communication and clarifications. Most software development companies use the agile methodology, as it tends to be more effective than other, more rigid approaches. Zco Corporation has successfully used the agile development process to create powerful and effective projects for our clients. Get in touch with our account executives today to find out how we can use the agile methodology to create your next software development project.