How We Work
We use the best software development processes available today beginning with a foundation/discovery Technology Blueprint phase and then an Agile-like development phase to deliver your brilliant solution. On-going client input, assessment, and responses are incorporated often into a finely tuned customized solution that is efficient, user-friendly, and directly targeted toward meeting your business requirements. We break a project down into phases so it stays in focus and on budget. At LuminFire you get to speak directly with the developer of your custom application or web site so you have more control and input.
Phase 1: Discover and Define
After submission of your project request form, we meet with you so we can learn more about you and your company. Our development process is a collaborative effort between your team and ours – so we want to make sure that our skills, expertise, and process is what will best solve your unique needs by enhancing processes, strengthening resource management, improving efficiency, and expanding profitability for your business.
Before beginning to build a custom application, we start with a Technology Blueprint. This allows us to assess your existing information systems and current business processes to determine what your business objectives are in seeking a custom application.
Getting a basic understanding of your business is the first critical foundation step. How will the system advance your business strategy? Who performs the steps in the current business process? What information will the system produce and use? What are the major steps in the business process? Who benefits from the products and services this system will produce?
We will develop a written plan in the form of the Tech Blueprint document that details proposed solutions or enhancements that address the specific requirements of your company. The blueprint provides you a well developed and recommended action plan that meets your budget requirements. It concludes with a schedule of how each phase might be implemented, along with what we believe to be a realistic estimate of the effort required. The more knowledge we have about the project as revealed through this phase, the more accurate and comprehensive this estimate will be. The Blueprint phase is billed at an hourly rate and average around 40 hours.
The purpose of the Tech Blueprint document is to provide you the information required so you have an accurate and informed decision point as to how you want to proceed.
Phase 2: Design and Develop
Through an iterative Agile-like process, we will work together to build your custom solution. After some initial work that often utilizes components in our pre-built fmIgnite solution, we build a stable and functional prototype. We put this application into your environment so we can test it, refine capabilities, and enhance in stages. The advantage here is that you get your hands on an actual working application instead of on paper documents. This makes it much easier to envision exactly what features you need.
Phase 3: Deploy and Denouement
When the solution is in the final stages, we integrate it with your existing systems and implement the live system. This includes a final import of any existing data and connection to other systems in your environment. You then test and assure the quality of the solution as it goes into production.
For a period after launch, we monitor and analyze how the solution performs against the success criteria defined in the initial phase. We finalize documentation for the project and present thoughts on how to approach the next generation of the solution. We can conduct training sessions for users or assist in making organizational decisions to help you support the new solution. The key here is to evaluate the new system and ensure that we have met all expectations.