Ways We Can Deliver

Being solution and methodology agnostic allows Qual IT to provide ‘best for project’ quality assurance across the project lifecycle. That means we don’t adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach, we assess an individual project’s unique requirements and circumstances and align them to your key business objectives.

 

So, whether you’re deciding what software development methodology to use, you’re implementing a methodology that’s new to you, or you just need some extra guidance and support, you’ll benefit from Qual IT’s experience and knowledge of the following methodologies: Waterfall, Agile, and DevOps.

 

 

 

Waterfall

 

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Let’s face it, using a Waterfall methodology for software development projects isn’t going anywhere. Although often seen as an older and more conventional methodology, it is still a relevant way to deliver projects. It’s traditional, linear approach has clear project phases which are executed, reviewed, and approved before the next stage begins. This has proven to be a successful approach for many clients.

 

Increasingly, organisations are also engaging in a hybrid approach that utilises a Waterfall methodology with Agile based projects, which is still providing good governance foundations.

 

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Agile

 

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Since 2001, Agile has been a widely used term in the project delivery world. With a focus on the delivery of quality software through strong collaboration, iterative practices, and swift feedback, an Agile project is broken into more manageable parts which can be prioritised and delivered faster, whilst maintaining a continuous feedback loop for evolving requirements. Through this, the principle of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is maintained so that, in theory, the software can be deployed at the completion of each iteration.

 

Agile projects rely on the adaptability of people and organisations for a successful outcome, that’s why Qual IT has specialists in core competencies ranging from Consulting, Business Analysis, Testing, and Engineering that we can bring to a project. These specialists work within the values and principles that underpin the Agile methodology such as Scrum, eXtreme Programming (XP) and Kanban to ensure our deliverables are “Fit for Purpose”.

 

So, if you’re looking to build empowered, high performing teams, get Qual IT onboard to partner with, support and improve your Agile journey.

 

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DevOps

 

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The latest buzzword, way of delivering, innovation… whatever you want to call it, DevOps is fast becoming the biggest delivery trend.

 

Born out of Agile methodology, and using Lean principles, DevOps breaks down traditional software development, deployment, and operational silos to deliver organisational value faster. This streamlined approach achieves this through quick, frequent, and small changes, pre-planning, collaboration, and often automated tools.

 

Qual IT specialists can help deliver a DevOps approach that promotes communication, collaboration, and integration between development and operational teams to facilitate rapid, frequent and reliable software releases. Our Consulting and Engineering teams can also help determine the use of specific factors which can help with the foundational phases of DevOps.

 

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Find out more about the key DevOps delivery and agility phases here.

 

    • Continuous Integration (CI)

      • A development practice that requires automated build, unit, integration and acceptance tests for every check-in to create governance and consistency around coding, feature building and version control. With a level of maturity, CI can help establish a core base to ensure development processes are delivered at a faster pace, and testing can be conducted earlier.

     

    • Continuous Delivery (CD)

      • Focussed on ensuring software is always in a releasable state throughout the lifecycle, CD takes CI to the next level, providing fast, automated feedback on the production-readiness of a solution. With the aim of reducing cost, time, and delivery risks, this process’s incremental changes are a popular measure of the software development lifecycle. As with CI, CD requires maturity in governance, software development, and test data management to ensure your software can be delivered quicker.

     

    • Continuous Testing – Test Automation

      • Continuous Testing plays a crucial role in Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, and when implemented diligently it allows flawless continuity in the delivery cycle.
      • Integrating fully automated tests as part of the development life cycle and deployment pipeline will enable a development team to obtain immediate feedback on the business risks associated with a software release candidate.
      • An integrated CI and CD approach is a good candidate for functional testing, for example unit tests, API, integration, and system testing, and encourages a “shift left” testing strategy.

     

    • Continuous Deployment

      • Continuous Testing plays a crucial role in Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, and when implemented diligently it allows flawless continuity in the delivery cycle.
      • Integrating fully automated tests as part of the development life cycle and deployment pipeline will enable a development team to obtain immediate feedback on the business risks associated with a software release candidate.
      • An integrated CI and CD approach is a good candidate for functional testing, for example unit tests, API, integration, and system testing, and encourages a “shift left” testing strategy.

 

 

If you’re looking to improve the speed, quality and reliability of software delivery through the use of DevOps, Qual IT can support your organisation throughout the project lifecycle.

 

We understand that your ultimate goal is to achieve a reliable and maintainable product that meets your objectives of an improving and scalable delivery function that delivers tangible business benefits. 

 

Let Qual IT help you realise that goal by using our experience and understanding of the principles, benefits, and pitfalls of Waterfall, Agile, and DevOps so we can help support, introduce, or implement IT change in your organisation. 

 

Achieve better results for your customers and project team with our independent specialists now.