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Planning the work
The majority of modern development methodologies are based on the principle of frequent releases. It means that you don’t need to wait for several weeks or months to see the progress on your project. Still, even a standard sprint of two weeks isn’t an optimal timespan for project reviews. It may result in minor misunderstandings followed by bigger delays because of the absence of immediate reaction. Thus, the most efficient methodology is to divide a project into smaller parts, and each part, in its turn, into functional blocks. Once the work on a block is completed, the updates are uploaded to the Dev server.
The best way to ensure steady progress of your project is to keep involved and check updates as often as they appear. A web development company should provide you the URL and access to the Dev server, and the ability to track the progress daily. In this case, you immediately see if anything works not the way you wanted. You provide a quick response. The situation is immediately fixed, without waiting until the end of the sprint, when the deviation would get more significant.
Optimal planning, deconstruction to small blocks and constant client’s engagement in the development process - that’s how you get a high-quality product built timely.
How can a web development company ensure such continued progress?
To deliver results daily, the web development agency should have well-established, optimized processes. Here’s what a day in a company with well-established processes looks like:
The day starts with a meeting with the team of the project (stand up) in a set time. Bottlenecks and the current plan (weekly, sprint plan, task pool plan) are discussed. The tasks for the day are defined. A daily plan consists of the defined tasks and checkpoints so that at a given time, the task is finished and handed over to the next team member. For example, a developer has three tasks and three checkpoints at which she or he completes their part of work and the QA starts checking it. At the end of the day, the team has a meeting when the results are discussed. The reasons for any delays or problems are discussed and sorted out. Sticking to the daily schedule allows the team to complete weekly and monthly plans in time, demonstrate to the clients only tested tasks, and keep the highest quality.