QSF Development Process

We know what you want: Quality Software, Faster.

When you work with Gnar, you get a lot of perks. Exceptional, experienced engineers. A completely US-based development team. A bug-free warranty for a full calendar year. But when it comes down to it, one thing is our secret sauce: our Quality Software, Faster.™ development process.

Over the years, we’ve refined our process so it works like clockwork—and gets you the high-quality software you need at the pace you want. The inherent efficiencies of our QSF process enable us to deliver code within the first week.

Here’s how we do it.

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Our QSF Process:

Kickoff Meeting

Every software development project begins with a client kickoff meeting, where we dive into your vision and goals and begin to outline the project specs.

Design and Discovery.

We begin software projects with our 4-6 week design and discovery process which kicks off with a 1-2 day discovery workshop. In the workshop, we'll work with you to identify the most salient information before designing a wireframe prototype that outlines your product's content areas and pages.

After the workshop, we'll design a wireframe prototype that outlines the content areas and pages of your application, and which allows us to iterate and explore without doing any actual visual design or building. This keeps us moving fast for you.

Based on the wireframes, we'll develop a visual design for your app, which we'll use as a guide as we develop the final features and pages of your application. We also create a detailed list of user stories, or descriptions of software features that describe the user and identify how any code changes might impact them and offer our technology recommendations for building your project.

We've built several review checkpoints into the process, which allow you to provide feedback and make any necessary UX and UI adjustments.

Learn more about Design and Discovery.

Next, development begins.

Software Development with The Gnar.

We typically work in weekly sprints, so we can learn quickly and adapt priorities as the project progresses. We borrow the term "sprint" from the Agile Product Development framework and define it as chunks of planned time – typically 1-2 weeks – to complete development work. One important benefit of working with Gnar is that the engineers on your team work solely for your team, so they can immerse themselves fully in each and every sprint of your project.

First, we'll work with you to populate the project board with user stories and features, set up any required accounts and continuous integration, and schedule Sprint Planning and Backlog Grooming meetings in advance. Then, our software development process occurs in seven steps.

1. Sprint Planning

We begin with Sprint Planning meetings, in which we’ll move the highest-priority features from the backlog to the current sprint.

Before we move the highest-priority features into the sprint's backlog, we assign a level of complexity – which we refer to as a "Story Point" – to each ticket. This allows us to track work and understand the team's capacity over time, measured in Story Points, for each Sprint. It also allows us to communicate the complexity of each ticket in the Sprint to other stakeholders and members of the product team.

2. Test-Driven Development

Now that we have our sprint plan, our engineering team can move forward with its agile, test-driven Development Work. In test-driven development, each new feature includes writing a test (in code) to assert the behavior of the feature. Including a test, and not just focusing on implementation, ensures that the developer stays committed to the requirements of the feature.

The tests also help future proof the feature: tests written for the feature now, help easily catch any future development that break it. This reduces the development time to market and reduces software bugs by 40 - 90%!

3. Peer Code Review

An integral part of our development work is the Pull Request (PR), which allows our engineers to alert others about changes they've made to the codebase. Upon receiving a pull request, Gnar engineers review changes, discuss potential modifications, and push follow-up work if necessary. We've found that frequent PR reviews keep the internal and external teams aligned and engaged and enable us to proactively identify potential issues.

4. Run Automated Tests via Continuous Deployment

Once a feature is successfully developed and PR reviews are conducted, code is verified by an automated build that runs automated tests via Continuous Deployment to identify any issues before deployment.

5. QA Test on Staging Site

Once those tests pass, the code is deployed to a staging site. This allows you to complete a QA Test on Staging, where you will have the opportunity to review and approve the feature before it goes live.

6. Deploy to Production

Once we get the go-ahead from the client, we deploy code to production using a Continuous Deployment methodology, a strategy that helps engineers focus their efforts on shipping features and getting your high-quality software live as quickly as possible.

7. Sprint Grooming Meeting

Toward the end of the sprint, we have a Sprint Grooming meeting, in which we’ll review the top features in the Ideas or Icebox column and move any appropriately defined ideas to the backlog column. We review the highest-priority tickets for the upcoming sprint to ensure the development team understands and adequately schedules the requirements during Sprint Planning. We’ll also confirm the priorities of the remaining features in the backlog.

Finally, we’ll review the week and discuss what we can do to improve communication and production as we move forward.

Then, you can consider your project launched.

  • An exemplary team of US software engineers who are 100% dedicated to your project
  • Our Bug-Free Warranty: we’ll repair any nonconforming code free of charge for a full year
  • Our Quality Software, Faster.™ process that balances quality and speed and enables us to deliver code within the first week
  • Temporary by Design: An approach that empowers your team
  • A tool-agnostic approach that’s best-suited to your specific vision and needs

Hire Us!

We work with companies of all shapes and sizes, tackle a wide range of software challenges, and apply agility and alacrity to every project. If we're developing code for you, our 100% dedicated, US-based team will start delivering it in the first week, and we offer a 12-month Bug-Free Warranty.

Whatever your need, we're up for the challenge. We're here to solve your gnarliest software problems–fast.

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