Software Product Development

Dot Transition is a full-cycle software product development (SPD) service provider and supports you at any stage of your product evolution – from a mere idea to product implementation, support and maintenance.

Factors in Successful Development Acceleration

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Product Leadership

We identify Business Analysis in Software Product Development as a separate area of expertise, targeted to extend capabilities and facilitate your central Product Management efforts. This helps your Product Manager to scale properly and focus on the most critical things, without being overloaded by a huge amount of information from users or multiple products requirements management tasks, etc.

Global Delivery

Dot Transition has delivery centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Such a distributed, but flat and flexible organization structure enables close communication between your team and the Dot Transition team while improving its efficiency and avoiding the complexities of direct management of remote development and QA teams.

Focus on Product Quality

All product quality assurance functions are handled by an independent QA department whose sole mission is the quality of your product at its every aspect. Independence from the development team guarantees that you always get correct understanding of the quality and will be able to make informed decisions based on that information.

Intellectual Property Protection

Dot Transition has a strong focus on a service-based business model. This is one of the principal points we are building our work around and it is designed and implemented to protect Dot Transition’s clients from unfair competition practices. Strong corporate policies, standards and infrastructure protect client Intellectual Property from being used by anybody else, including other product teams within Dot Transition.

CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH SOFTWARE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Challenges
People
Processes
Tools
To maximize the product’s value for the customer within the budget frames
Cultivate innovation culture
Use a Product Manager role
Involve the ‘best brains’
Apply process frameworks focused on business value maximization (SCRUM and others)
Automate routine procedures (builds creation, regression testing and others)
Use requirements management tools
To minimize delivery delays without extra budget
Build strong product teams
Organize regular customer-vendor communication
Apply knowledge sharing within the product team
Apply Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM)
Apply Risk management etc. for project schedule control
Apply quantitative product and process metrics
Use video and audio-conferencing tools for regular communication between physically distributed teams
To release the first high quality product version
Invest in regular team trainings and education
Involve independent QA team
Use advanced defect prevention and early identification methods (Fagan inspection, Unit testing)
Organize beta-testing
Use issue (defect, CR, etc) tracking systems
To support multiple product versions
Apply Release Management process
Use SCM tool with multi-branching support
To minimize product support costs
Test product in all the available environments
Apply usability, performance and stress testing on regular basis
Use Helpdesk and Knowledge Base systems

Engagement Scenarios

Full Cycle Product Development

You have an idea that has to be implemented and delivered to the market. We will help you identify the required budget, assign the team and integrate it properly with your Product Management and Marketing teams.

Project Rescue

You have a partially completed product. It requires to be finished under tight deadlines, while documentation may be incomplete or not available at all, some source code may be missing. We will analyze what you have, assess product completeness level realistically and provide you with a plan to finish your product.

In-house Team Expansion

You have already defined processes and established a team, but would like to extend or optimize your current development capabilities. We will analyze your existing processes to adjust our standard approach. We will assign a project team that may be scaled when required. The process is coordinated by a product development manager on the customer’s side.

Independent QA and Testing

You require an independent QA and testing to verify the quality of your product. We can provide a full cycle QA service or just a specific type of test. We normally work with your existing issue tracking systems or help you to establish one for efficient and transparent communication. We can cooperate with an in-house QA team or work directly with your development team.

Flexible Engagement Models

Depending on project-specific characteristics, we propose 3 major engagement models

Fixed Price

Fixed budget and deadline.

Dot Transition covers all project risks.

Time & Materials

Costs on the basis of man hours actually worked, and can be flexibly adjusted to the changing needs for time and resources.

Dedicated Team

You assemble your team of professionals of required qualification, taking full control over project progress and budget scheme.