Web Development Team Structure at SapientPro

17 Sep 2019
Oksana, copywriter
We don’t say there isn’t enough knowledge, because our specialists are always broadening their abilities, delivering first-rate products and making the customers satisfied.
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Being a client of a Web Development company doesn’t mean you have to know all the ins and outs of the development process. However, what may be interesting for you is the stages and main characters of the project delivery.

You cannot address front-end developer directly if you need to add a new payment method. Even this, as you may think, simple task involves a well-thought teamwork. So, here is a brief insight into the mechanism of SapientPro Clockwork.

COMMUNICATING TASKS

The lifetime of the project begins from its assessment and proposing the best technology stack. Projects are divided into two categories: those that will be scaled in the future, and the small ones for specific representative purpose. If we talk about long-term projects, it means that new tasks are added in the course of development and assigned to the team.

Usually the interaction between the customer and the team is performed via project manager, although the client may want to communicate directly with the developers. SapientPro’s developers have a great advantage: they are proficient in English and it gives them the opportunity to communicate all the details with the client directly.

We practice stand-ups on a daily basis so that the customers and our developers can always share what should be done and what is ready at the moment. Various platforms like Redmine, Trello, Jira and Gitlab are being used for maintaining communication and control over task performing. Also talking in person and meet-ups concerning project issues contribute to efficient cooperation in the team.

PROJECT MANAGER AND HIS RESPONSIBILITIES

Starting from the first stage, a meaningful role is assigned to project manager, who makes sure that the project is of highest quality, delivered on time and meets the customer’s expectations. PM’s responsibilities also include control over the budget, teamwork organization and establishing communication with the clients.

After the time, cost, effort were estimated, each team member received their tasks, and business contacts with the client are maintained, the active project delivery process begins. Sounds great, but life is life and there are always some issues that can get in the way of your project getting done. It may by anything, starting from budget issues and ending up with the change in business logic. So that’s another PM’s responsibility – taking care of handling all these points and making sure the project goes smoothly.

What does it take to be a project manager? The skills required from PM are communication, decision-making, high sense of responsibility, and of course broad understanding of the technical issues. Have all these qualities and ready to face challenges, even if you are a designer? – great, you are welcomed to manage the project. And yes, in SapientPro we do have a UI/UX designer being at the same time a PM. We consider it a great advantage to have in our team a specialist, who combines technological awareness and … do you know what the responsibilities of a web designer are?

THE QUALITIES OF A GOOD WEB DESIGNER

The team of SapientPro designers always keeps abreast with the time, studying new trends and changes in the field. One of our designer says that the only way to reach progress is to never limit yourself in improving your skills. In doing their job they follow some principles, which make their products good-looking and user-friendly: the product should be practical, understandable and at the same time aesthetic. Only in combining user interface and user experience design can be handed to the next stage – development.

WHO ARE WEB DEVELOPERS AND WHAT THEY DO

Our SapientPro’s web development team consists of front-end and back-end developers and full stack developers, who can do both.

 If we talk about the visible parts of websites that users see and interact with in their web browsers, it is the result of front-end developers’ work. They chiefly use three languages:  HTML, CSS, JavaScript to code up a website. They apply their efforts to transform everything the designer created into a site. But wait, that’s not the end of the development yet. We still need some functionality to make the buttons click and the website work. So that’s where our back-end specialists come into play.

In order to make sure everything works fine in the front-end, our back-end developers write codes, figure out logics and implement algorithms. Our devoted back-end specialists use a wide range of frameworks like Node.JS , Laravel, Symphony, YII2 to do their work. They are responsible for the databases and infrastructure – everything that’s happening on the server side.

As for the server, it’s the area of our DevOps’ team authority. They automate the deploy processes making them faster and more reliable. Then, through continuous integration and monitoring the DevOps respond accurately and promptly to vulnerabilities and security incidents.

QA TEAM AND ITS ROLE

And how do we know that the product is of highest quality? – we should ask it quality assurance engineers.

Our QA team consists of very experienced and detail-oriented specialists who always strive to participate in the process by demanding outstanding results and best quality. Depending on various testing approaches, we can deliver the 95-97% free of bugs final product.

The work of our SapientPro software development team entails constant problem solutions. We don’t say there isn’t enough knowledge, because our specialists are always broadening their abilities and awareness of the technologies, delivering first-rate products and making the customers satisfied.

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