A challenge we encounter quite often when working with new clients is defining the project scope. Often organisations know what they want in terms of high-level project deliverables, but have not gotten down to the detailed level of the requirements required. Project scope can be known as a part of project planning that involves determining and documenting a list of specific project goals, deliverables, features, functionalities, tasks, deadlines, and costs involved in the project. If you want to build a system for yourself or your organisation you must be very clear about what are the product requirements. In other words, what are the functions and features required for the website, application and/or software solution being developed? Is there anything specifically that must be built into the design? Must it follow a specific set of branding guidelines? The list goes on. But with Fidenz you have the luxury of getting the expert judgment when it comes to identifying your actual requirement. As a result we’ll help you to bolt down the exact requirements and deliver the solution by laying a strong foundation.
Ballpark Estimate is also known as the Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM). It is an estimation of a project’s level of effort and cost to complete. Ballpark estimation is based on high-level objectives, provides a bird’s-eye view of the project deliverables, and has lots of room to deviate. At the early stages of the project, ballpark estimate have a range of variance from -25% all the way to +75%. Ballpark estimate is only a notion about the size of the project, so the client/investor could take a decision about whether to move forward with the project or not. Once the decision is made, it is compulsory to conduct a detailed estimate which identify all the details of the project to be delivered and hence identify the full effort of the project.
When it comes to project estimations organisations hesitate to take any risks because of the penalties associated and negative implications that could occur throughout the project. Due to the risk factor involved, tools like work breakdown structures could be used. It allows to make proactive actions to ensure that the projects comply with the process, quality cost, time, scope and schedule are the factors required to meet the delivery demands of the client. From all the factors above, Scope is the deciding factor of all. Getting to understand scope, breaking it into smaller pieces, creating simpler scope tasks, and confirming the associated project deliverables is the key for any project. Work breakdown structure’s hierarchical decomposition provides detailed list of tasks, so that the estimations could be made with more accurately by reducing the associated risks when delivering a project. We at Fidenz, once we identified the exact client requirement, we send them the project sizing to finalise the app delivery schedule. Furthermore when implementing the sizing, we allocate contingencies to handle the risks that could incurred. When Fidenz and yourself agreed to the delivery plan, a quotation will be sent with cost involved to build the system.
System architecture can be known as a set of rules that defines a unified and coherent structure consisting of constituent parts and connections that establish how those parts fit and work together. When it comes to software development, people underestimate the importance of Software Architecture. It’s mostly due to the lack of awareness on benefits of software architecture. Although Software Architecture seems to be very technical and a lot of people think that it’s not for them, it’s a mistake! If you are planning to build a house, you want to hire a good architect to be sure that you will get a house with a solid foundation. Same goes to the system that you are going to build. Software architecture is known as the root of the software. It lays a solid foundation for the system the system that you are going to build. As a result you can ensure that your project will be scalable and more efficient.
Systems design is the process of defining the architecture, components, modules, interfaces, and data for a system to satisfy the requirement specification. It allows to identify data sources, the nature and type of data that are available to hold the system together. This facilitates understanding what sort of data is available and by whom it is supplied. Therefore the system could be designed considering all the relevant factors. Furthermore it leads to ensure that the system is created in such a way that fulfills the need of the users by being being user-oriented. System design integrates more flexibility into the system. As a result it allows system to be dynamic in nature and responsive to the changes. An efficient system design would create a system that can work by providing the required output and being responsive to the time within the given constraints. Furthermore reliability and security of the data could be ensure by designing security measures of the system effectively and efficiently.
When thinking about UX design, it defines how that experience can be manipulated or influenced by the UX team to increase the quality of that experience. At Fidenz, UX teams collaborate with business stakeholders to create designs. Teams based on requirements collected start off to creating wireframes and these wires are refined several times based on clients feedback. Once the wires are finalized by the clients, our UI/UX experts create the designs. We come up with several designs for the same solutions allowing our clients to select what they like the best to move forward with. Like the wires, we refine our designs until our clients approve.
Developing a single project would consist of multiple sprints. Each sprint would develop different components of the system and has to be planned accordingly. We use rolling wave planning to plan each sprint. Which means sprints will be planned as the development of the system progress. It will provide more flexibility when allocating the resources to the project. Fidenz conducts sprint planning as a working session before starting each sprint. In sprint planning, the entire team agrees to deliver set of tasks at the end of the sprint and adds them to the product backlog. This agreement defines the sprint backlog. Based on the expert advice, our delivery team allocate the available resources to complete the tasks in the backlog. Once the implementation of all the components are done, they’ll be integrated to deliver the complete system.