Emory Development Process

In the dynamic world of software development, the ability to adapt and deliver swiftly is crucial. I’ve seen firsthand the transformative power of integrating agile sprints, weekly product previews, regular deployments, and the strategic use of user stories into our development process. This approach has not only streamlined our workflow but also significantly enhanced our collaboration with clients and the quality of our final products.

True productivity has to be measured relative to the outcomes of the overall system, not just the software.

Embracing Agile Sprints

Agile sprints lie at the heart of our development strategy. These short, focused periods of work allow our team to concentrate on specific features or sections of the project, delivering value incrementally. This method fosters a sense of accomplishment and momentum as the team can see tangible results at the end of each sprint. Moreover, it facilitates flexibility, enabling us to adjust our plans based on feedback or changes in the project scope without derailing the entire project timeline.

Crafting Clear, Concise User Stories

The use of user stories has revolutionized the way we manage our projects. By breaking down the development process into clear, concise user stories, we ensure that every team member understands the goals, priorities, and requirements. This clarity facilitates efficient planning, development, and testing, as well as enhances communication within the team and with our clients. We use Jira as a product management tool and leverage their  powerful tracking and reporting tools that also allow us to monitor progress, manage resources, and maintain transparency throughout the project’s lifecycle.

Weekly Product Previews: Bridging the Gap with Clients

One of the key strategies we’ve adopted is conducting weekly product previews with our clients. This practice allows us to demonstrate our progress, gather feedback, and adjust our course as necessary. It ensures that we are always aligned with the client’s vision and expectations, significantly reducing the risk of miscommunication or dissatisfaction. These sessions have become a cornerstone of our client relationship management, fostering trust and transparency throughout the project lifecycle.

Regular Deployments: Keeping the Momentum

Our development process is characterized by regular deployments. By frequently integrating and deploying new features and fixes, we maintain a steady pace of delivery and improvement. This practice not only allows us to identify and address issues early but also keeps the project moving forward smoothly. It has greatly reduced the pressure and risk associated with large, infrequent deployments, making the process more manageable and predictable for both our team and our clients.

Leveraging a Testing and Development Environment

To ensure the highest quality of our software, we have invested in a robust testing and development environment. This setup allows us to rigorously test new features and fixes in a controlled setting before they are deployed to the production environment. It helps us catch and resolve potential issues early in the development cycle, significantly reducing the likelihood of bugs or errors affecting the end-users. This rigorous approach to quality assurance has been instrumental in upholding our standards of excellence.

The Crucial Role of User Acceptance Testing

User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is an indispensable phase in our software development process, serving as the final checkpoint before a product goes live. This testing phase involves real users or clients interacting with the software to ensure it meets their expectations and requirements. The importance of UAT cannot be overstated; it provides a unique opportunity to receive direct feedback from the end-users who will be utilizing the software daily. By closely simulating real-world usage scenarios, UAT helps in identifying any issues or improvements from the user’s perspective that might have been overlooked during earlier testing stages. It ensures that the software is not only technically sound but also user-friendly and aligned with the client’s business processes. 


Integrating agile sprints, weekly product previews, regular deployments, a testing and development environment, and Jira stories into our software development process has been transformative. It has enabled us to deliver high-quality software more efficiently and effectively, while also strengthening our relationships with clients through increased transparency and collaboration. As we continue to refine our approach, we remain committed to embracing best practices and innovative strategies to meet the evolving needs of our projects and clients. In the ever-changing landscape of software development, staying agile is not just an option; it’s a necessity.

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