Project management plays a huge role in the development process and can vary from agency to agency. Virtually every firm has developed their own process. Knowing what their process is, how they implement it, and how they manage projects will help you understand whether the agency is the right fit for you.
What’s the methodology the web developers use?
How a project is managed can have a significant impact on its success. The two most popular methodologies are Waterfall a.k.a the “traditional” approach and Agile – a specific type of Rapid Application Development often implemented using Scrum.
In the Waterfall methodology, the process of development is streamlined, passing phases one by one. The transition from one stage to another happens only after the previous one is completed. This methodology follows a strict structure of work, which is why it’s the better choice for short projects.
Agile is a team-based, time-focused approach to development that enables creating a project incrementally, dividing it into phases called “sprints.” Each sprint has set deliverables and defined the duration. Agile allows changes and adaptations at any step and relies much on customer involvement especially during the review process through the daily build and end-of-sprint demos.
What project management tools are they going to use?
In the process of web developing, you can’t afford to run the risk of mismanagement. That’s why your web development team should use tools like Asana, Basecamp, or Trello to take care of all project-related communication. Each of these tools is designed to help you track project statuses, understand where your money is being spent, set milestones and meet deadlines effectively.
How do they do requirements planning?
Planning the website is an essential step because it represents the basic outline of the site. This process involves creating a wireframe and sitemap to give the developer insight into what the site will look like and how the pages will interact with each other.
The top web developers will ensure they are building the right website by conducting research which would involve positioning and targeting the market. Furthermore, they would take special note of your goals and your unique brand identity as essential components of a successful website.
What web development software architectures do they use?
The software architecture is the scheme on which the efficiency of the system depends. Good software architecture should be strong yet easy to maintain. Also, it should be flexible and usable in the long-term, as well as adaptable to changing requirements. Most importantly, the software framework needs to be communicated properly, which leads us to the next point.
UML is a visual language used to communicate detailed information about software architecture efficiently. The UML diagrams are deemed to be an integral part of web development that is easily recognized and understood. They help in evaluating performance, tracking, and security. UML diagrams are highly flexible – the modeling elements and interactions in a UML diagram can be easily customized to suit the specific domain or technologies used.
Do they provide documentation?
The best web development company will provide documents created during the planning phase. These documents define the site architecture and identify the essential creative and technical requirements. Mainly, they provide insight into how the business brand is to be applied to the website, what is the overall online strategy, what framework will be used, how will marketing be integrated, what are the site features, and more.
Are they leaving proper code comments?
Commenting the code is essential to note as it helps in extending the project in the future. They should describe and explain complicated code those who might be working on it in the future. Also, comments can help you remove sections of the code during site testing and debugging while also leaving them available for later use.
Do they create Use Case testing in the project planning?
Studies indicate that 40%-60% of all hickups found in software projects can be traced back to mistakes made while gathering requirements. Use Cases integrate these requirements into a package that describes the interaction of the user with the system. This is where users and domain experts play an important role. Other stakeholders also have valuable input – they can easily understand the Use Cases and eliminate misunderstandings about the functionality of the system.
What do they use for version control?
Version control systems enable you to keep track of the changes made to the code. They help streamline the development process while keeping the history of changes within the code. GitHub and Bitbucket are among the most used version control systems.