The importance of speed

Digital technology has come a long way. The early web was great, but it is almost nothing compared to how today’s technology impacts how we work, travel, communicate, and play. From email to GPS, and all the mobile apps and games in between, there are plenty of ways technology just makes our lives easier and more pleasant.  What supports all of these advances is a very complex and rapidly changing technology ecosystem.

What business does not like the idea of efficiency, or wants new ideas out the door and into production as fast as users want them? But rapid change creates uncertainty, and you need a method to deal with it in a smart way. Which is why we have mantras like ‘fail fast,’ and why Lean and Agile are buzzwords.

There is value in these methodologies and ideas, but only if they are implemented as part of a well-thought process. A business that depends on a cyclic, iterative model works when the cycles are short. Here is a breakdown of how Decos achieves this.

Lean Start Up and Agile

First, we validate everything from the start. This is where the Lean Startup method comes to play. It ensures that we will receive feedback as early and often as we can. We apply Lean to ensure that there is no wasted effort and that we validate our assumptions fast. This way, we can very quickly tell if an idea or product is working or needs an update.

Similarly, we apply the Agile methodology by using a development method built on constant feedback and learning. What makes our learning process work is that we aim to have good, direct, and preferably face-to-face customer contact to get feedback and understand their needs.

Automatic testing

Our learning process is also data driven. By using real-time dashboards, we keep track of progress and make sure that we always learn from our customers. Our dashboards keep track of statistics that help us make our decisions, in addition to our customer feedback.

However, rapid software releases can potentially litter bugs and glitches all over the place, which is why we test early and often. It is also why we have integrated automated testing into our development process; we want to avoid introducing problems with the existing functionality and core functions of our products. It reduces the workload and possibility of mistakes by automating repetitive and time-consuming tasks. At this point, developers and testers have more time to pursue critical tasks that require their attention.

In short, automated testing trims development cycles and ensures that every product update is stable. This is an essential part of our Agile development method.

The world is constantly changing. We embrace this and validate our ideas fast, always working to ensure that we have a short time from idea to product on the market.

The combination of rapid user feedback and good response times allows proper execution in customer contact. In short, we use Lean and Agile methods, as well as automated testing, to guarantee the speed and accuracy of our internal development process, with the goal of ensuring our customers’ success.

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