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Behind the Scenes of Software Development Process: The Visartech Workflow

Behind the Scenes of Software Development Process: The Visartech Workflow

15 min read

Anatolii Landyshev

CTO. 12 years in IT. Deep knowledge of software and business development, conference speaker, Top 50 Tech Leaders nominee. Scaling expertise and building strong teams committed to our client's success.

Anatolii Landyshev

CTO. 12 years in IT. Deep knowledge of software and business development, conference speaker, Top 50 Tech Leaders nominee. Scaling expertise and building strong teams committed to our client's success.

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Each piece of software we produce undergoes a complex life cycle before it’s finally created and deployed. In tech circles, this process is called SDLC (software development life cycle). A solid SDLC is crucial to the creation of a high-end software solution, which satisfies customer expectations and provides a variety of project features and workflow methodologies.

With a success rate of 64%, the Agile method outperforms traditional software development techniques by over 1.5 times. Today’s businesses are more likely to employ the Agile technique across the main stages of software development. Our team is one such business. This model is well-received among the key market players thanks to its adaptability, security, quicker time to market, and high-quality code. The Agile project is also capable of enhancing developer cooperation and communication.

In this article, our team will lift the curtain on how things are done at Visartech. You’ll learn more about all the inner workings of our custom software development, including a process overview, the core team profile, our tech stack, and much more. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Systems Development Life Cycle Models and What We Offer

Because of the individual nature of software development projects, the SDLC models are necessary to create outstanding business solutions that live up to client expectations. They also increase the efficiency with which the teams of app developers can create tech solutions. Each model offers particular strategies for addressing project risks and expenses.

Before you ask, can one possibly go without a software development life cycle? Technically, you can skip this formal process if you’re an amateur who builds an application for yourself. However, a real-case business scenario requires a robust strategy to monitor the entire process from scratch to the final software solution release. Since we cooperate with clients that wish to scale fast and conquer new tech horizons, SDLC is imperative to manage our workflow.

As a rule, SDLC follows the standard procedure of planning, analyzing, designing, implementing, testing, and, of course, maintaining a software program. With a few minor tweaks, our team likewise adheres to these guidelines, which we’ll review shortly.

The software development models are sufficiently adaptable and, thus, are used across many business strategies, software products, and services. And here are the top three:

  • Waterfall

The most commonly used SDLC method for non-complex projects, wherein each of the software development phases must be completed before the next one begins.

  • Iterative

A model that follows simplified application requirements and adds up to new design modifications and functionalities at each iteration (aka build). It works well for the project that has the minute details change over time.

  • Agile

By providing complete business solutions quickly, the Agile methodology seeks to boost user satisfaction and product adaptability. The agile model is your best bet if there are no clear project requirements from the client, it’s feature-oriented, and involves a lot of changes throughout software product development. This methodology is also great for close teamwork and tight ties with corporate users.

By finding a software development lifecycle model that fits our strategy best, we can now easily ensure that our application is upscale and can satisfy client demands. However, with a variety of models and tools created for app development, choosing the best course of action is quite a challenge today.

What Do We Choose at Visartech?

As a company firmly established in the industry, Visartech has found its strategies that work best for the entire software development team. It’s crucial to adhere to any kind of reality in the IT sector and stay agile, which gives our team an edge in working with clients from various industries and with different software development requests. Although we mostly employ the Agile approach, we may also use alternative SDLC models based on the uniqueness of each project.

As should be the case with Agile software development, our team is cross-functional and self-organized, with many tech experts on board. Each sprint, they work together to create a working piece of software that they then merge with functional code from earlier iterations. Our team, therefore, gets the opportunity to be flexible in our approach to software development by the time the sprint timebox is up, and present our work to stakeholders for feedback.

Feedback is a key factor in this case. This helps our tech crew modify the product roadmap during the solution development lifecycle. Namely, the development team makes sure that the app’s functionality satisfies client expectations to the fullest.

With the Agile approach, we can provide idea validation, full-cycle software development, and product-market fit check for startups. What does this mean for our clients? First, timely idea validation helps our clients avoid unnecessary loss of time and finances, and create smart business solutions that consumers will want to buy. Second, our software products are developed in swift, iterative cycles (aka sprints), which typically last one to two weeks. This results in gradual little deliveries, each of which builds on the capabilities of the prior one. Third, by using the product-market fit framework, we help fledgling businesses ensure that their future solution suits the market needs.

In general, the Agile software development benefits allow us to:

  • focus more on customers’ needs
  • make changes at any development stage
  • facilitate constant cooperation with the development team and the clients

This is how our team uses SDLC to organize a software development workflow and deliver the final business solution on time and within a reasonable budget.

5 Stages of Building a Business Solution That Takes the Spotlight

The number of users of mobile, web-based, and cloud apps has significantly expanded as a result of their rising popularity. Case in point, cloud technologies will get nearly two-thirds (65.9%) of the money spent on application software in 2025. What’s more, customers want businesses to provide personalized interactions, according to 71% of consumers. High-performing software really can turn things around.

Smart gadgets enable us to perform any action, hence mobile and web application development services are in high demand today. Modern software application developers employ a variety of development, testing, and distribution techniques in addition to the traditional software development process. Thus meeting the changing needs of clients and end users.

Every tactic, though, is unique. Here are five app development stages we invariably follow at Visartech:

Discovery

Our team gets all the project’s requirements, analyzes and clarifies the details with the client, and establishes the scope of work, including resources (team members, technologies, tools, and reusable components) and capacity planning. We interview our clients to make sure that we have the same vision of the project and the pain points that the app will solve.

The main objectives that the client sets for us serve as the basis of each software development phase. Then we estimate the costs and submit a proposal, which, if everything suits both parties, ends with the signing of the contract. Last but not least, the confidential information of both sides is also protected by a mutual non-disclosure agreement (NDA). This helps us build a trusting relationship with our clients and protect their sensitive data.

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Kick-Off

After a contract is signed, and we have decided on the cost and deadlines with the client (idea validation gives a better understanding of the budget and timeline here), we allocate the team. This is the next step of a custom software development process at Visartech, wherein all our domain experts band together to manage the project.

Having a tight-knit team where everyone has a deep knowledge of the software development process steps is essential to building a successful business solution from the bottom up. At this point, we focus on preparing tech documents before we get started. We organize all the intra-team work by planning a timeline and holding an intro meeting with a team.

Production

During the production stage, we focus on maintaining the software solution’s development and perform obligatory QA (quality assurance) to eliminate all coding errors. The product enters production when pre-launch testing demonstrates that it is ready to proceed. Production entails setting up servers to host the software, creating a CI/CD pipeline, and protecting software against failures from outside sources. A deployment plan has a role in it as well.

Throughout the production stage, we send builds every two weeks to keep our client up-to-date and make changes if necessary (using the agile SDLC model makes this process simple). In addition, we make mandatory progress reports and record updates to see if we’re heading in the right direction.

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Delivery

At this point, we can hand over the software solution to the client and distribute the source code once all code errors have been fixed during testing. Delivery covers several software development steps. First, we do a beta test on the product before delivering it to a prospective customer to make sure it functions properly on a broad scale. If any issues are found, they are fixed by the engineers before the final deployments.

We also make sure to integrate knowledge-sharing during delivery by creating a knowledge base, which is essential for a successful software development process. Along with improving your comprehension, it also encourages teamwork. The sharing of knowledge also provides future team members with a reference point for enhancing the workflow.

Maintenance

The application development process doesn’t stop when the product enters the market. A maintenance mode is necessary to address problems that end users might raise. This includes making any adjustments after the tech solution has been released, such as managing lingering defects or resolving fresh issues brought on by customer feedback.

Delivering the final solution to our client is not the end of our collaboration. In case any issues arise, we make sure to address them and provide supporting infrastructure. Our team also cooperates with marketing and publishing agencies, which is a great way to scale your business and publicize your product.

How Does The App Development Team Organize Their Work?

The Agile management philosophy provides viable app development strategies for adjusting to ongoing change. Our production team depends on the core tenets of Scrum, the most widely used Agile technique.

By following Scrum principles, we prioritize step-by-step feature delivery and a flexible workflow. As a result, our clients can make changes throughout the development process without having those efforts interfered with. The Scrum methodology also suggests a multi-sprint approach to dealing with the delivery of an app.

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The key ideas of Scrum are of high interest to our development team since it’s the finest method for managing the extremely dynamic environment of application development. As a rule, a two-week sprint is planned. The Product Owner collects, organizes, and prioritizes the Product Backlog before each sprint. He then converts it into a Sprint Backlog and establishes a Sprint Goal. Each sprint begins with a Planning Session and is finished after two weeks with a result (feature) and a Demo Session (presenting results of the sprint to the client). As each sprint ends, our main objective is to collect feedback and provide releases that are most suitable for production.

To sum up, for the Visartech team to effectively plan its work and give the client the best result, the following sprint stages are essential:

  1. Product Backlog. It serves as an agenda, with a roadmap and requirements set by the Product Owner.
  2. Planning Session. This step is important to kick off a sprint.
  3. Sprint Backlog. We create it when developers choose the most crucial activities to be finished during the next sprint.
  4. Production-ready release. It is a functional piece of software that is made accessible to users.
  5. Implementation. The stage involves fulfilling all the tasks of the sprint as planned by the team.
  6. Demo Sessions. Such meetings help us to decide how to proceed with the following sprint.
  7. Retrospective. We run a sprint retrospective to discuss the results, identify performance gaps and areas for improvement, and learn the lessons.

The Key Benefits of Using Scrum Methodology

Dealing with the unpredictability that surrounds today’s software industry became one of our primary objectives at Visartech. When managing a complex app development process utilizing incremental and iterative approaches, Scrum proves to be the most promising solution. Here are the main advantages that made us decide in favor of this methodology:

  • Flexibility

The ability to change our priorities, direction, and domains, as well as deliver high-class app functionality every two weeks and turn 180 degrees throughout the development process.

  • Release Frequency

Instead of being put together gradually over time, the value of our product is presented in each demo (every two weeks) as a ready-made feature or script.

  • Product Thinking

When the Product Owner and the dev team concentrate on the product rather than the duties, their decisions add the maximum value to the company. Plus, they are more engaged in the process and suggest solutions.

  • Speed

It’s not necessary to write up each task’s documentation beforehand in such depth and length to begin the process. By focusing just on the sprint, Scrum allows us to save time and expedite the process.

  • Systematization

If the app development process is set up correctly, any process problem-solving scenario is already thought out in advance. Therefore, we don’t waste time on drawn-out conversations, finding the right talent for our team, bureaucracy, etc.

  • Responsibility

Our development team is accountable for the sprint, and it must deliver on that promise.

What Are the Main Roles in Visartech App Development Team?

For we are guided by the Scrum principles in our work, Visartech is a unique software development company. What makes us unique? A dedicated software development team. More specifically, we maintain self-organization and cross-functionality, with no more than ten team members in total. This means keeping autonomy in selecting tools, approaches, and tasks, and sharing knowledge to improve teamwork.

The backbone of our development team consists of:

Scrum Master

A person in charge of organizing team meetings, directing the crew’s work, and solving problems the group could face. This person is essentially a specialist trained to direct all project participants towards the effective implementation of agile methodology.

Product Owner

An individual who maintains the product backlog establishes a shared view of the process and engages with interested parties outside the team. By maximizing the value of the product, he also improves the outcome of the developers’ work.

Development Team

A team of experts whose work directly adds value to the software development process and whose expertise is sufficient to produce project deliverables. On our core development staff, we have the software architect and tech leads, business analysts, artists and designers, software engineers, and QA engineers. Each position is required to meet sprint goals. The development team has flexibility since they are the ones that are most experienced with all stages of app development and provide product increments after each sprint.

The key areas of our development team activities are:

Backend Development

For enterprise-level applications and consumer-oriented products of any business concern, we provide backends and APIs that are highly secure, scalable, and resource-efficient. The tools that we use are Django/Python, APS.NET Core, Node.js, and Java.

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Cloud Engineering & DevOps

To hasten the development of SaaS products and cloud operations, we assist in achieving effective communication between all product components, reduced procedures, and simple third-party integration. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Docker, Kubernetes, and Firebase are our core tech.

Web3 Blockchain Development

Our clients may take advantage of a completely new method for performing tamper-proof transactions and promoting a user-first mentality thanks to our blockchain services and Web3 experience. Our assets are Ethereum, Polygon, Solana, OpenSea, Infura, Alchemy, Tatum, and Moralis.

Frontend Development

We offer attractive online user interfaces, WebGL solutions, and SPAs that load quickly, are dependable and easy for our clients of every market niche. Here, we use HTML/CSS, JavaScript & jQuery, TypeScript, Angular, React, Vue.js, and A-Frame.

Mobile App Development

For the greatest possible representation of your brand and the ability to reach your consumers on their preferred devices, we provide a bundle of tried-and-true agile approaches, design thinking, and user-centered design. The technologies we use include React Native, Objective-C, Swift, Java, and Kotlin.

Which Instruments Do We Use to Keep Efficient Workflow?

As software development picks up steam and popularity in the market, developers and companies are constantly looking for ways to make life simpler. The right tooling is essential to any company providing application development services, and so it is for our team.

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Let us share with you some of the secret weapons that help us stay the most productive:

Design

  • Confluence

A collaborative wiki workspace that enables our dev team to work more effectively together on crucial projects. This tool saves and organizes all of our project-related material.

  • Miro

With the help of this collaborative whiteboard tool, we can efficiently manage our distant teams by using digital sticky notes or managing agile processes.

  • Figma

A well-known design asset that helps our team create software design with boundless imagination, including interfaces for mobile and online devices. This platform for team and individual collaboration enables us to produce and share outstanding results.

  • Sketch

Our web designers use this vector graphics tool for making concept pages, icons, and other essential web components. This product design tool has also gained traction among UI and UX designers.

  • Adobe Creative Cloud

For all of our creative endeavors, including graphic design, UX design, video editing, social media, and more, Adobe CC offers helpful tools, web services, and resources.

  • Axure

Due to the high degree of functionality and visual richness, this UX design tool is commonly used for developing wireframes and interactive prototypes. Our designers of web and mobile apps find it particularly beneficial.

  • Marvel

A cloud-based platform that lets individuals, groups, and teams of all sizes work together to develop app prototypes in a single workspace. It has mobile support, too.

Workflow

  • Jira

We find this software a robust tool for managing our agile process, particularly under the Scrum framework. It has a Scrum board with a visual representation for managing complicated projects and fostering a collaborative environment.

Testing

  • BrowserStack

Instead of maintaining an internal test infrastructure in-house, this tool lets our developers thoroughly test products across more than 2500 actual browsers and devices.

  • Bug Magnet

A Chrome add-on that gives users quick access to typical software testing issue values and edge situations.

  • Postman

Our developers can easily create, distribute, test, and document APIs with this tool. More specifically, they can generate straightforward and intricate HTTP/s queries, store them, and examine the results using this open-source application.

  • PerfectPixel

By placing a semi-transparent image over the written HTML and analyzing the results pixel by pixel, this tool helps our engineers and markup designers.

Communication

  • Slack

This corporate chat platform helps our team to keep in constant communication with each other. We also use it to inform team members about certain company updates.

  • Google Meet

Visartech team uses this video tool for arranging daily meetings with the team and online video calls with the clients.

Apart from the communication instruments mentioned above, we use Zoom and Microsoft Teams. This allows us to keep convenient collaboration with clients according to their preferences.

Time Tracking

  • Everhour

By using this app, we track the work hours of our team or a specific team member (i.e., remote worker), and compile the information into useful, in-depth reports.

What App Development Practices Do We Employ for a Successful Software Development Cycle?

No matter how difficult the project is or what industry it is implemented in, all the strategies and tools we’ve discussed support our team in fostering productivity, innovation, and adaptability in delivering outstanding software development services.

In addition, there are some viable practices that our app development team uses to build a team of tech geeks passionate about their job:

Direct Communication

The constant communication is what the interactive nature of the agile methodology is about. Our team communicates with clients daily, which keeps transparent relationships throughout the workflow and gives us a better idea of what software needs to be developed. This implies regular updates on the project, the self-negotiable nature of the web development process, and lifelong learning. All this serves as the source of motivation and, thus, active engagement of our dev team.

Dedicated Development Team

The progress of web app development (or any other type of software) is monitored by our tech specialist, who makes sure the project’s design and integrity are sound. We value long-term partnerships with our clients, and a dedicated team is the silver bullet that we use across all stages of the software development life cycle. Such a specialized team allows for the complementarity of undefined requirements, promotes extremely effective communication, and suits businesses relying on cloud technologies.

Continuous Delivery

Our main goal is to assure continuous delivery of an app to customers and end users, meeting product agility. Thus, our approach to building a software solution has a significant impact on the final results of our production efforts. This is why we deploy TBD (trunk-based development) for maintaining the CI/CD pipeline, assuring effective version control, and synchronizing the workflow.

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Reporting System

To show our clients where the project is headed, we provide the full picture of the planning, progress, and reporting. With the reporting system, we can gather data from databases, compile it into reports, and make better business decisions. In addition, we make sure to retain a record of reported software bugs using a bug tracking system. We also organize and prioritize related activities to efficiently accomplish projects by using task management tools.

Budget Under Control

Any time we engage with startups or established businesses, we provide estimates that are precise, open, and adaptable. This way, our clients pay only for the functionality that is provided. We determine the client’s requirements, learn about their budget, create an estimate, assess the risks, and take out-of-scope costs into account.

Let’s Recap

Modern custom software development companies might find it difficult to succeed within the fast-paced digital landscape. However, a well-configured team workflow can save the day and make it feasible for companies to successfully develop any business solution.

The effectiveness of the Agile model in producing high-end software that satisfies client requirements is proven by our team and the solutions we offer. But because every project is different, there are a variety of these models to fit each particular software development process.

Creating high-quality business solutions and services is the main objective that defines our workflow at Visartech. As such, knowing how to organize your work and the team is the first step in building an app that offers consumers a distinctive value, excellent usability, and high performance.

Want to see how Agile principles work in practice? Book a call with our team to discuss your state-of-the-art project!

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