Product Development

The Tugboat team has developed an expertise in building custom web products for clients with unique and specific needs.

Our development process involves a deep understanding of the client's business model, target audience, and their goals for the product. We work closely with the client to create a custom product strategy and design that reflects their brand identity and user experience expectations.

Our development team possesses advanced programming skills and expertise in building custom features and functionality. We use cutting-edge technology and frameworks to develop scalable and reliable web products that can handle high traffic and complex data structures. Our team also has experience in integrating third-party services and APIs, allowing our clients to seamlessly connect with other platforms and services.

Our commitment to delivering quality custom web products has enabled us to build a reputation as a trusted partner for businesses looking to develop cutting-edge web solutions.

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Functional Requirements + Platform Selection

Our process for creating functional requirements documents begins with an in-depth analysis of the needs and goals of the client. Our technology director works closely with the client to determine the specific requirements and functionalities that are needed in the product. This process involves gathering detailed information about the features and user experience of the product, as well as any technical requirements that may be necessary.

We also take into account the client's preferences and needs when it comes to selecting the best platform to develop on, such as Drupal, Ruby, React, or other options. The functional requirements document serves as the guide for the creation of our development plan, and includes detailed information on the product's use cases, user roles, and specific features that are required. Our team takes a thorough approach to creating functional requirements documents, ensuring that all aspects of the product are clearly defined and that the document serves as a comprehensive guide for the development process.

We also ensure that the document is regularly reviewed and updated throughout the development process to ensure that the product being developed aligns with the client's vision. The selection of the appropriate platform is critical to the success of the project, and we have expertise in a range of platforms and can recommend the one that best suits the needs of the project.

Product UX & UI Design

UI and UX design are essential components of Tugboat software development projects. In an agile development model, the UI and UX design are integrated into the development process, working in tandem with development sprints.

Our UI and UX design process usually begins with the creation of wireframes and mockups, which serve as visual representations of the product's user interface and functionality. These wireframes and mockups can be quickly created and iterated upon, allowing for a more iterative and flexible design process that aligns with the agile development approach.

Once the initial wireframes and mockups are approved by the client, the UI and UX design team can work on creating a high-fidelity design that aligns with the client's brand and vision. The high-fidelity design is then incorporated into the development sprints, providing developers with a clear and consistent vision of the product's user interface and functionality.

During the development sprints, the UI and UX design team collaborates closely with the development team, providing ongoing feedback and design changes as needed. This ensures that the design is continually improving and that it is aligned with the client's needs.

As the development sprints progress, the UI and UX design team also conducts user testing, providing valuable feedback on the usability and user experience of the product. This feedback is then incorporated into the development process, allowing the development team to quickly iterate on the design and functionality of the product.

Overall, by integrating UI and UX design into the agile development process, the Tugboat development teams can create products that are not only functional but also intuitive and user-friendly. The iterative nature of the agile development model allows for a more flexible and collaborative approach to design, leading to a product that aligns with the client's vision and meets the needs of end-users.


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Our Development is Agile.

Our development process is based on an agile methodology, which enables us to quickly adapt to changing requirements and deliver high-quality products within tight timelines. Once we have an approved set of functional requirements and a sound technical plan, we launch the development cycle of sprints.

Each sprint is a short development cycle that typically lasts one to two weeks, during which our team focuses on developing a specific set of features or functionalities. At the beginning of each sprint, we conduct a sprint planning meeting where we determine the specific tasks and deliverables for the sprint. Our team works collaboratively to develop the required features, testing them at each stage to ensure that they are working as expected and that they meet the client's requirements.

During the development process, we maintain regular communication with the client to ensure that they are kept up-to-date on the progress of the project. We also provide regular demonstrations of the working product to gather feedback and ensure that the product is meeting their expectations.

At the end of each sprint, we conduct a sprint review meeting to evaluate the progress made and the outcomes achieved. This meeting serves as an opportunity to assess the product's quality, ensure that it meets the client's requirements, and identify areas for improvement. The sprint review also helps to ensure that the product is being developed in an iterative manner and that it is responsive to changing needs.

The desired outcomes of the development process are a high-quality, fully functional product that meets the client's requirements and provides an excellent user experience. By using an agile development process, we are able to provide a transparent and collaborative development process, allowing our team and the client to work together towards achieving these outcomes.

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Quality Assurance / Live Deployment / Training + Support

Following the concept of the software development circle, Tugboat starts off the development process with the creation of a detailed plan on how to develop, update and maintain any new Web application(s). Our planning stage includes the definition of all application requirements - based on input from all project stakeholders. During the analytics phase, the scope of the project is being finalized, cost and required resources are being established and documented in Tugboat’s project brief – a document then shared with - and reviewed by - all stakeholders. Based on the feedback we receive, adjustments are being incorporated into the project design.

The next phase of our process incorporates the creation of the user interface and the user experience. To that extent, designs and wireframes are being created, which then are being used during the implementation phase for coding the functionality of the Web application. Once the application is ready to move into the quality assurance phase, Tugboat is internally testing the application for defects and deficiencies. At this point, adjustments are being made until the original specifications are being met. During the deployment process, the application is being soft-launched with limited access to the public, allowing selected outside test users to provide valuable feedback - information that can be used to address any issues before the deployment of the application to the general public. Once the application is available online, Tugboat is monitoring the performance of the Web app and continues to make any necessary adjustments.

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