Transparency in the software development process is one of the stepping stones in reaching business goals. It defines the quality of the relationship between the software development company and the client. While there are many components in transparency, understanding what goes on behind the scenes is one.
At Moqod, we are happy to show you every step of the software development process. It also helps both us and the customer know that we are on the same page. Let’s dive in!
Step 1: Deep problem analysis
The first step in the product development process is to get to the root of the problem. When we say “problem”, there are two things we imply.
First, it is what you want to achieve with your business goal. Then, whether it is conversions, downloads, purchases, or new customers you are looking for, we look into where we are going together first.
You can’t map out a journey without knowing the destination.
The second problem is the one your customer needs to solve. It will be the core of the whole software product development process. Further tests, story mapping, UX/UI design, quality tests, and updates will all depend on how well your product solves the user’s problem.
Step 2: Story Mapping
At Moqod, we encourage our clients to participate in this part of the software development process directly. Using story mapping techniques, we visualize the user journey from A to Z. We determine the core product goals, functions, and features.
Story Mapping is a powerful tool that allows us to keep an eye on the big picture and give undivided attention every step of the way. When done together with our customers, elaborate user stories allow us to envision the journey together and keep the end-user in mind.
In addition, having agile software development process steps like story mapping helps gain predictability in terms of results.
Step 3: Design and Concept
After we have established how to solve the user’s problem, we put it into a beautiful visual experience. We love creating beautiful, responsive apps. However, software design goes way beyond looks — this is the development step where we elaborate a smooth and pleasant experience. When we work with UX/UI design in Moqod, we do pay attention to trends, but our primary goal is to create a design experience that answers your user’s expectations and smoothly gets them to their destination.
It is in the name — the development phase is where we assemble the software. We rely on the main Agile principles to ensure a smooth process. Agile helps us deliver more predictable results at a higher speed during the software development process. We work in sprints, which allows us to add corrections to the product in the process and not when it has already been delivered.
At this point, developers also work with designers to ensure the solution aligns with the envisioned designs. We also use Scrum practices for efficient Agile workflow. Given the often-changing requirements of the market, methods like Planning Poker allow us to make faster adjustments. It saves your money on billable hours, and we can also give more frequent updates on the development steps.
5. Acceptance testing
At this step, we decide whether the software is ready to get into your user’s hands. Quality software is at the heart of our work — during the acceptance testing step of software development, we test whether the software is acceptable according to the requirements and specifications set before.
Profound user acceptance testing ensures a higher return on investment. When we test the pre-final solution with actual users, we see how the product solves what we have defined as a problem during the first phase of the software development process. Then, our Quality Assurance department works on it to deliver bug-free mobile apps.
6. Service Level Agreement (SLA) & Maintenance support
Here we define together the future required services and their level. SLA is what happens after your solution has been launched. We host your application on Amazon cloud, provide regular maintenance updates, monitor the product, guarantee security and give you access to our technical support. Again, we stay transparent after the software launch, and we work together to see your product grow and prosper.
Knowing the software development steps allows the customer to understand what he is investing in. To avoid disparity in what you pay for, what you expect, and what we do, we are happy to show you how we will work through your solution every step of the way. Making the client part of the team allows him to participate in the development process and deliver valuable insights and opinions.
Would you like to see how the steps above could help your business idea or an existing product? Send us a message and let us walk through the possible process together!