In all cases it is critically important to be clear about what is needed and why, but as the levels of custom need grow the scale of effort also exponentially grows. And as the scale grows, so does the need to adhere with a highly disciplined approach.
With the right approach we can still dream, but these will come with managed expectations and achievable outcomes.
Our 3 staged approach
Stream Interactive has developed a 3 phase approach that gives clear structure to the process and allows our clients to have a tangible understanding of core issues as the process flows through. Successful web site development requires a collaborative environment between client and developer, and this process is geared to support that.
Stage 1 - Discovery and detailed specification
The first stage is to clearly identify the development parameters, and explicitly define the technical environment that will be used. To do this we create 3 separate platforms, Spec, Tech and HTML.
Mock-up of all pages and interfaces, providing a tangible and interactive demonstration of the site.
- Page flows & site structure
- Gathering place for text and images
- Marketing, sales and business focus
- Superior to print-based diagrams or wireframes
Here we identify the ’Technical Roadmap’.
- Target User flows
- Business rules and functionality
- Data inputs
- Test cases
- Process flows
After completing 'approved' visuals of the project, we move on to the HTML production. Here we focus on:
- Building HTML Shells
- Creating an overarching design/brand
- Creating CSS content
- Producing artwork for use in the pages
- Laying up page content
Stage 2 - Build functionality, tuning and testing
Here we take the Spec and HTML websites as inputs, and build the dynamic functionality required to deliver the specified online services. Our team will break the larger project down into achievable blocks, all tasks will be listed and time/people will be allocated to 'get it done'. We'll meet regularly to keep things on-track, everything is transparent during development, including milestones, meeting notes, change requests, issue tracking and sign-offs.
Development website; with all visual elements and functionality progressively built in to produce a fully functional website. This site becomes a mirror of the final website.
Stage 3 - Go Live
The solution is complete and tested and is migrated from our Staging server to the live environment.