How We Do It
Once the paperwork is completed, DCA will move quickly into development mode. We use a modified Agile approach for our development projects, coupled with crisp, professional project management. We will assign a Project Manager and assemble a development team whose first responsibility will be to slice the project into measurable pieces of functionality, and further divide those pieces into development tasks which we can track in detail. This approach helps us project the anticipated project completion date as well as the interim functionality pieces along the way. Things change, of course, but we will monitor and adjust the timeline as the project moves forward.
We will expect you to appoint a project coordinator to work with us. DCA will conduct twice-weekly conference calls with our Project Manager and your Project Coordinator, and any other needed parties, to discuss the project, answer questions, define business rules, gather information and review project timelines. As the project moves forward we will begin preparing the operational environment and planning for any needed transition to the new system.
Once the system is up and running, DCA will provide appropriate training, and host, maintain and support the system. We’ll also be available to promptly enhance or modify the system. Depending on the scope, future enhancements or modifications might be subject to additional cost.
It’s also good to note what DCA does not do. We do not spend months developing detailed specifications and massive volumes of documentation. We will start with a high-level functional overview and then drill down into the details with you as we move through the development process. This approach massively reduces the time and cost of developing custom software. Generally, we’ll include whatever is needed to fulfill the functional overview in whatever fashion works best for you. We’ll watch to make sure we stay within the general size and scope of the intended project, but will not nit-pick what we will and won’t do under the terms of our agreement. We think you’ll be quite pleased with what we do and how we do it!