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Solution Development Service
The full Readify experience, empowering your business
Do you want to maximise the value from your software applications? Deliver your service to market in the shortest time possible? Develop with the latest technologies, whilst maintaining the highest quality architecture?
The Readify Solution Development Service is a software development engine that you can plug into your existing organization to get high quality and predictable results. We developed this service to combat the high proportion of failed development projects, and combative vendor engagement models.
The Solution Development Service is the pinnacle of the Readify development experience that combines:
- A self-managed, high performance development team using the Scrum Agile development methodology
- A cloud-based virtualised development environment
- The best tooling from the Microsoft ALM platform
In short, everything you need to develop your application with full transparency, underwritten by Readify's legendary development expertise.
Application Development Strategy
Build or buy, insource, outsource, or offshore
Off-the-shelf software needs to cater for all csutomers, and won't necessarily meet your specific requirements. Developing software in-house gives you more control over particular functionality, but dramatically increases your HR overhead, and ongoing operational expense.
Outsourcing has proven to be a reasonable compromise in many cases. However custom developed software is fraught with potential challenges. Budget & delivery overruns, quality issues, even project failure. Whilst off-shoring development promises even lower cost, the risk of failure increases dramatically.
The best strategy then would seem to be: a dedicated expert team of developers, that work onsite in your business with key stakeholders, deliver working features frequently to allow for course correcting, and don't need extra infrastructure for a development environment.
How the Service Works
The first imperative is to ensure that you, the client, own the full development of the product. As such you nominate a key business decision maker as Product Owner. We can provide training in their particular role and responsibilities, but it is important that they have the decision making authority in the business. They will work closely with the Solution Development Team throughout the project to manage priorities and ensure the application meets the business value.
Solution Development Team
The team can be wholly Readify consultants, or jointly resourced with developers from your organisation. We find that many clients engage our Solution Development Service and assign their developers to the team which allows them to gain experience in Agile development for later internal projects.
With the Product Owner, and Solution Development Team roles assigned, the team will determine all of the features to develop for the application. These are developed as User Stories, estimated by the team as a whole, and prioritised by the Product Owner in a Product Backlog. It is this backlog that drives activities for the rest of the development.
The Build Master then configures the development environment in our cloud based architecture. This typically takes very little time, and we have processes in place to ensure that configurations are backed up for easy replication.
The Solution Development Team typically works to 10 day sprints
or iterations. They perform daily builds, and deliver working
features, from the prioritised backlog at the end of every sprint.
This gives our clients confidence that the project is on track,
ensures that there is a working application at every milestone, and
allows for course corrections should priorities change for any
Sprints aren't constrained to 10 days, they can be as short as 5 days, and some clients extend them to 4 weeks. In our experience a 10 day sprint is long enough to deliver real value, and frequent enough to stay on track without major revision work.
The Readify Solution Development Service allows clients to fix project scope, with a variable duration; or fix duration with a variable project scope (i.e. features delivered). This ensures Readify can achieve your goals whatever your business imperative, whether this be application feature set, or time to market.
When you engage the Solution Development Service, as well as the
team on-site, you benefit from the full resources of Readify at
your disposal, including: Access to specialist consultants, our
hosted development infrastructure, best practice ALM processes and
tooling, and deep relationships with specialist partners.
There is quite simply, no more effective way to develop a high quality application in Australia today.
How to Engage Readify
Please call your Readify Account Manager, or our hotline, 1300 666 274, which will direct you to the local Readify team, to arrange a no obligations, free consultation to determine your particular needs.