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The Software Development Process


Over our 10 years of web, mobile application, and software development projects, we have refined our software development process to deliver excellent results for our clients. At Essential Designs, we place a major emphasis on transparency and communication for each project, so you know exactly what is being worked on, and target delivery dates. Knowing what to expect and delivering timely results is ultimately one of the biggest ways we keep our clients happy!

#1 Planning

At the start of each project, we work with our customers to build a solid project plan.  The initial Scope document can come from the client or a combined process of phone calls and in-person meetings.  Once the Scope is finalized, it is used to build out the complete proposal and as the launching point for the initial wireframes.

#2 Wireframing

With a finalized plan and Scope for the project, our wireframing team takes over to create the placement of all objects of each page of the application.  Whether a consumer mobile app or a backend business application, this is the stage that we come to a final agreement on what will be placed on each page for the user to access.

#3 Design

Once the wireframes for all pages are locked, it is time for our design team to take over and create the final look and feel of the application.  This is the phase of the project where you will see the complete application come to life, and you will be presented with clickable versions to experience everything that the user goes through, prior to code.

#4 Code

With the wireframes and designs finalized, it is now time to begin Code work on the application and make it functional.  We are an Agile development shop, and as such, the project is broken down into baskets of features called Sprints.  Our customers are able to regularly review the progress of their software development process and provide feedback at the end of each Sprint.

#5 Deployment

After the application is completed, approved by our internal QA, project management and the client – we are ready to deploy the code to its final destination.  There are many options for hosting of the project code, from running on a client owned server to a basic web host or cloud hosting provider.  We counsel each client on the options and manage the final steps.

Our Project Process





We follow a 5 step process for every project guiding our clients directly along the way.

Every project we work on follows a five-step software development process directly involving our client. We give final approval for all steps of the process to our clients, meaning before moving on to the next step we do a client review and get sign off to proceed to the following step. As we move through our process we are continually testing with our QA department to ensure all requirements and functionality are working as planned.

Our Testing Process

Essential Designs has a 4 stage testing process to ensure bug-free deliveries to our customers.

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