A project kickoff
For each project to be successful, the core value proposition must be defined as early as possible. This enables us, going forward,
to conduct our design and development work through the lense of how it supports this high-level mission.
We'll conduct a series of workshops with you to define our roadmap.
Brand message & site tone
User stories & key features
Completing the project within the desired timeframe and budget was a major concern and Exlabs performed superbly exceeding our expectations. The team are great to work with, they are delightful, helpful, positive and have a marvellous 'can do' attitude. Our relationship being much more than that of a supplier and customer, Exlabs are strategic business partners as well as being people we enjoy working with.
Flexibility through iteration
Everyone has a role to play to ensure successful product launch and inefficient communication is not going to cut it.
Together we rise above limitations of traditional client-vendor relations. Our team really is your team.
Open and honest dialogue
We communicate frequently during our sprints, but typically schedule in-person meetings at the end of each sprint. This meeting provides a forum to discuss our progress, review feedback and adjust scope as necessary.
In our delivery meetings we dive into our design decisions for what you see and what you don’t in the interface. In addition, the development team will educate you on the nuts & bolts of the sytem. Both teams come prepared with questions, comments or concerns. This honest collaboration the best way to partner to build the best product.
How does it work?
SCRUM teams constantly respond to change so that the best possible result can be achieved. SCRUM can be described as a framework of feedback loops, allowing the team to continuously inspect and adjust so the product delivers maximum value.
- User Stories
- User Personas
- Core wireframes
- Product Roadmap
- Budget Planning
- Product Backlog
- Backlog grooming
- Sprint 1 wireframes
- Sprint 1 design
- Sprint Planning
- Sprint 2 wireframes
- Sprint 2 design
- Backlog Grooming
- Sprint Planning
High Progress visibility
Agile development principles encourage active ‘user’ involvement throughout the product’s development and a very collaborative approach. Сlients are always aware of the progress made in the development.
A key principle of SCRUM is that testing is integrated throughout the lifecycle, enabling regular inspection of the working product as it develops. This allows the product owner to make adjustments if necessary and gives the product team early sight of any quality issues.
High Team Productivity
The iterative nature of agile development means features are delivered incrementally, enabling some benefits to be realised early as the product continues to develop. The goal is to build the right product - not just release its working version.
Early problem identification
Small incremental releases made visible to the product owner and product team through its development help to identify any issues early and make it easier to respond to change.
“SCRUM is like your mother-in-law, it points out all your faults”
Product launch is only a start
While this phase might represent the conclusion of the initial build, it really is just the beginning of this product's growth.
Through diligent focus, the application can reach the next-level through aggressive user acquisition.
We continuously test the application through a hybrid of automated and manual tests. As the project nears completion, new feature development stops and we have an intense period of time to focus solely on QA testing. This step ensures production ready code meets a user's expectations.
We'll use a number of different cloud-based solutions to host your application. No one tool is perfect for all your needs. Therefore we consider the layers of your product and find the best solution for each. We deliver the foundation your applications require: server, asset host and database.
After an intense round of testing, we deploy your application. "Shipping" is an exciting and nerve-racking time and we’ll be there to support you the whole way through. As you on-board new users, we’ll support you by fine-tuning the application to more effectively engage new users. Your customer's satisfaction is key to realizing the application's true value.
Do you use any development methodologies other than Scrum?
Unfortunately not. Although occasionally it is possible for the individuals to adjust to your process through Team Augmentation, we’re confident were able to add the most value with our tested delivery process.
Can Exlabs work as an extension of my current team?
Absolutely. In many cases that’s how we worked in the past already. There are 2 options - either we do adjust to your processes with Team Augmentation, or we get to drive it with a full Team as a Service approach.
Do you provide Quality Assurance services?
While we do not provide any dedicated testing services, we do have an internal QA team which acts as a natural quality boost in a for of user testing by people who are not emotionally attached to the development process.. This service is provided to all of our clients free of charge, but is also provided at our own discretion.
How do you address security?
Ruby on Rails comes with features that decrease the burden on the programmer to protect against security attacks such as: Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF), SQL injection, Header injection, Sensitive data in logs. Furthermore we use Hakiri and Rubocop as standard for the core safeguard. Rails helps us do the right thing with regards to security but we are still required to be diligent, knowledgeable, and test comprehensively.
How much is my project going to cost?
As a matter of fact, every product conversation is budget, not cost driven. We do need to know partners' budgets. This is often uncomfortable but the budget helps determines what scope is possible. It saves time. If you genuinely don't know your budget, we discuss different options.
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