Full cycle of IT products development
Full cycle of IT products development on the example of a project: roles in the team, customer tasks, stages
The internal kitchen of an IT product developer is multifaceted and always full of different tasks. In every project, people with different responsibilities find their way.
Using the example of one project, we will take a deeper look at the development process. Before that, I will describe all the stages of this process and the functional responsibilities of the employees in it.
IT product development life cycle
The stages of the cycle are described below, starting from the moment when the customer formulated his ideas to the performer.
Competent planning of the functionality of the future product and analysis of requirements play a key role for the entire project. This stage is the responsibility of the project manager, since he is responsible for the success of the entire development process.
Prior to product design, planning is “rough” because it is impossible to know the exact development progress at this stage.
After the UX / UI design is completed, you can draw up an exact plan for how the development will go and what functionality will be in the product.
After planning, it is the turn of UX / UI designers – specialists who design user interfaces. Designers study user behavior and build a human-readable interface. The visual appearance of the product is also the result of the work of the designers.
System architects work with them to decide what structure the finished product will have and how it should behave.
Developers follow one of the methodologies – for the company it is mainly Agile. This methodology assumes a flexible, iterative approach – that is, developers act sequentially, dividing the project into smaller tasks.
Agile iterations are called sprints, and one sprint includes work in all areas: planning, design, development, testing.
Testing specialists perform different types of testing: unit testing, integration testing, interface testing, and others depending on the purpose. This category of specialists must come to the final conclusion that the product has no bugs and is ready for release.
The product can then be deployed and integrated with third-party software. The development process does not end there – it continues until improvements are made.
The finished product may need additional support, whether it is additional questions about the product from customers, or the need to make changes to the already laid down functions – support specialists are always ready to help.
Most development projects go through all stages of the above life cycle.
For example, we will take a closer look at the product development process on the current company project.
Stage 1: Idea
The customer is a state-owned printing company. All over the world this industry is going through hard times, but in the United States, printing companies stay afloat thanks to innovative technologies. A printing company approached us with a request to develop an application for augmented reality – Augmented Reality, AR.
The US Postal Service, which sends out printed transaction reports, provides discounts to partner companies that reduce paper consumption through technology. Our client has become one of those companies.
Stage 2: Contact
Company representatives contacted us to present their idea. They wanted an augmented reality marketing app. Before us, they used the Catchoom image recognition system, they wanted to license the content management system as a separate product, but the company refused. In addition, the client wanted to add unique features, which was not implied in the solution from Catchoom. Therefore, our task was to develop a suitable system in return.
Stage 3: Planning
The customer described the main functionality of the product before contacting us. The development team had to study the project idea and collect all the necessary requirements, identify bottlenecks, and document everything. Details of the project and technical details were clarified within each sprint.
The team that collects the requirements, evaluates the information received, the proposal, development costs and price, is called RFx. Typically, this team consists of technicians, a project manager, and a sales manager. RFx is valid until the start of the project.
The customer reviews the project estimate to gain a basic understanding of what the project will look like and how development will proceed. It also determines time and cost.
After the customer has approved the development plan and budget, the project can begin.
Project manager Alexander”s comment:
“I am responsible for the continuous progress of the project. I chose the Scrum methodology to quickly respond to customer and market demands. Scrum helps us develop the product, take into account the needs of users in each product release, and use it in