Project Management Methodologies | Our Approach

Software Development - Coding Approach

It’s important to remember that software developers, like any of us, are capable of, making mistakes from time to time. Here at Red Sky Digital Hong Kong we take this factor into consideration and we also understand the number of variables that must come into consideration during an enterprise software development project. Naturally, we would love for every component we produce to work perfectly first time, but we recognize that there will be instances where code doesn’t function as intended. With the rapid development and expansion of the tech industry in recent years it has fortunately becoming much easier for agencies to minimize this problem. Leveraging upon industry best practices we at Red Sky Digital have crafted our own set of guidelines and troubleshooting frameworks in order to quickly identify and resolve coding issues. We will elaborate further on these during the consultation phase.

Software Project Management - Agile & Waterfall

With regards to the management of a project, there are many different methods that can be employed to do this. Red Sky digital here in Hong Kong typically leverages the more traditional based “waterfall” model of management, wherein the assignment, completion and review of work is done sequentially. However, we also take into consideration that not all projects are the same and some require a slightly less rigid approach. Typically, these engagement models involve greater collaboration between business and local app development teams situated Hong Kong, creating key advantages within some app development scenarios.

We refer to this newer approach as “Agile” project management, which involves early morning meetings between relevant teams to discuss current issues, with weekly reviews of all work. Where we adopt an agile app development approach, we will request constant feedback from our clients in order to ensure that we are meeting their expectations. This is exceptionally important during the delivery phase as it helps us to react quickly to any late changes required from the final product. Agile management structures tend to avoid working with an extremely rigid app design process.

Here in Hong Kong, we also frequently use a method of software development called “extreme programming” or otherwise known as “XP”, where work and tasks are based on priority. This method requires a more rigid and thorough system of testing, and delivery-based feedback, avoiding significant focus on functionality. By utilizing this method of project management, we can effectively test each element as it is developed and maximize the efficiency of a given budget. This is simply because we do not inadvertently spend time developing and working on unnecessary pieces of code and discarding unnecessary features during the later testing phases. Each of these styles of project management require dedicated and motivated app developers within the team. With, good inter-departmental communication essential.

If a team can communicate more quickly and efficiently, understanding each one another better we will experience less frequent delays and general productivity will be much improved. However, where management stakeholders and our app developers are not sharing a location, or perhaps a common language then we can face some challenges. It is for this reason that Red Sky Digital Hong Kong only offers Agile methods of project management where a client is happy to dedicate their own project manager or product owner to the engagement.

The kind of management style we will ultimately recommend will come down to what we think will provide the best results for the given project. We will arrive at this decision shortly after completion of our consultation phase.

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