Approach

A Straightforward Path to Successful Software

Our teams utilize modern, agile development practices to boost communication, visibility, and collaboration. You’ll be involved in every stage of development and have an active role in our practices. We follow the Scrum framework, Kanban workflows, and DevOps principles, not for the sake of following methodologies but to ensure we provide maximum value to you.

APTERA PROCESS

Project Vision

Aptera starts with a “why” approach to gathering requirements, ensuring that every deliverable we commit to has a clear line back to the purpose of a project. Establishing a clear vision for success means knowing how you’ll measure outcomes, so Aptera’s initial workshops with clients are aimed at establishing trackable, attainable, and impactful goals. We use these to ensure all following design, scope, and prioritization decisions match the intent of your business.

Agile Requirements

Once vision is established, Aptera documents the actions that users need to perform in your project. We document these requirements as user stories, which are brief descriptions that explain who needs to do something, what they need to do, and (most importantly) why they need to do it. User stories have the following benefits:

  • Gathered quickly using business and end user input
  • Written transparently so anyone can read and understand
  • Keep the purpose of each requirement present to avoid scope creep
  • Can be re-prioritized according to changing business needs

User stories are captured and documented through Aptera-led workshops and interviews to efficiently build a backlog of work that can be estimated to create budget and timeline constraints for the rest of the project.

UX Design, Prototyping, and Testing

Aptera’s team includes UX designers with expertise in not only crafting, but also testing design concepts to achieve user stories in both clear and visually appealing ways. We believe in working iteratively through design, creating simple prototypes as models in collaboration with our clients and testing designs on end users to gather feedback. As we get input, we build higher and higher fidelity prototypes, often allowing users to click through and experiment with an app or site before it is developed, testing theories about ease of use before investing heavily in code.

Architecture

Every project requires some amount of architecture to determine what tools and technical strategies will be used to deliver the functionality described in user stories. Aptera can take lead in applying modern practices and cutting-edge technologies to the needs of any project. We are also comfortable reviewing and collaborating with our clients’ technical teams to ensure that we are considering the impact of our solution and technology on other components of their business infrastructure. Architecture is documented ahead of development, but is created in a modern flexible structure so that it can be adapted throughout the lifecycle of a longer project.

Agile Development

Aptera’s teams embrace agile development and many of its more popular practices in order to boost visibility, efficiency, collaboration, and value in our projects. The result is high-visibility and tons of hands-on control from our clients to affect vision, scope, and priority of the work we do. We work in sprints to deliver in small batches that keep the strain of testing low. We include our clients in every step of the process, from planning upcoming sprints right down to optional attendance at our daily standup meetings. In cases where our clients have a technical staff that will be assisting with deployment, support, or even development of our deliverables, we include them in our agile process to ensure they have insight into any decisions that impacts their effort.

Deployment and Testing

As part of our agile methodology, deployment and testing happen frequently throughout the development process. The work we complete from a code perspective is being continuously deployed to a development environment so that we identify any technical issues quickly. Then it can be tested by our in-house quality assurance engineers to ensure that the criteria of our user story requirements are met. That way, when the work reaches you, we’ve already identified any major bugs or potential misunderstandings.

Our teams utilize cloud infrastructure whenever possible to reduce the strain of creating environments, and automated deployments reduce support time to get new features and completed work in your hands. We also implement automated tests wherever applicable, so that key features can be immediately cleared after new code is delivered.

Launch and Support

When it comes time to release your app, website, or campaign to your end users, we’ll help you ensure that any potential risks related to launch are mitigated. Global strategy for infrastructure impact, performance with a large user base, or SEO implications of launching your site will be planned in advance to avoid missteps.

Once you have wider exposure to your project, we can also help handle feedback and prioritize new features or support concerns that arise. We offer various types of support to ensure you know who to call to get answers and can respond to changing needs in your business or market.

OUR PARTNER PROMISE

Leading software development initiatives is no small task. The stakes are high and there are many parts to a complex project. Aptera’s teams understand these challenges and will be the support and resources you need to deliver big for your company.

When You Work With Us, We Promise To:

Make You a Part of the Team
You’ll always have visibility into the project and know where development stands because you’re a part of our team. You’ll be sharing vision, attending Daily Scrum, and offering guidance along the way.

Combine Expertise for the Best Outcomes
The best solutions come from collaboration. When we combine your industry knowledge with our technical skills we can build the right software for your organization.

Always Give Feedback
We’re not “yes people.” We’ll work to learn the aims and needs of your software so we can offer you intelligent, goal-oriented suggestions throughout the development process.

Keep the Pace
We know that technology timelines are important. Our teams will help you release early and often so you can gather important feedback and maximize value for users.

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BUDGET & TIMELINE

We know that budget and timeline can be frustratingly difficult to control on large development projects. Of course, some percentage of projects are small, predictable, and only require work that has been done many times in a repeatable fashion, but that percentage is very small. Here at Aptera, we work closely with our clients to ensure that the scope of your project won’t outrun your budget.

The Challenge

At the scale and level of customization or complexity that most of our projects occur, there are often uncertainties that can only be resolved through experimentation. Also, we fully expect that once work is being delivered to our clients, they’ll start to have great ideas they didn’t previously consider and want to make changes to scope. So how do we manage timeline and budget in an agile process that not only expects, but embraces change?

The Solution

The answer is through flexible scope management. Before we even start design for a project, we use our experience to provide a high-level budget for the project. Then, after we get into a rhythm of defining work through user stories, designs, and architecture, we’ll review our understanding again and validate that budget.

As development occurs, we’ll report on a regular basis how the percentage of work completed compares to the percentage of budget used. All along the way, when new requests, new ideas, or changing requirements affect scope, we’ll work with you through our agile sprint process to tweak or re-prioritize requirements so that we deliver the highest value within your budget and timeline.

Flexibility doesn’t have to equal a never-ending budget; it works when you have a partner that understands your vision for success and will communicate openly about how to achieve within the means of your investment.

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