Methodology & Software Engineering Best Practices

The state of software development has reached a critical point. Computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools and next-generation development languages have helped accelerate time to production, reduce costs, and establish benchmarks for quality, but they have not solved the fundamental business problems that continue to plague organizations that develop software. New tools and techniques will not, by themselves, deliver on the promise of quality software, on time and on budget. Pharmaceutical and healthcare organizations are increasingly implementing methodologies and software engineering best practices in order to address these issues and to ensure compliance with new and more stringent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.

Visual Edge Consulting & Software, LLC has comprehensive system engineering expertise and experience spanning the entire systems development life cycle. Our Methodology & Software Engineering Best Practices consultants are experienced with various software development processes and methodologies, including waterfall models, rapid application development (RAD) models, evolutionary approaches such as the spiral or iterative and incremental models, and popular commercial approaches such as the Rational Unified Process. Following is a list of the services we have performed:

  • Methodology and software engineering mentoring, best practices review, and consultation
  • Design and development of software development methodologies tailored to specific client needs
  • Establishment and management of program/project management office (PMO)
  • Creation of deliverable templates for all stages of the systems development life cycle (SDLC)
  • Review and critique of completed deliverables
  • Proposal and project estimation strategies
  • Development and execution of methodology training programs
  • Software process improvement (SPI) review and recommendation
  • Business process analysis
  • Requirements engineering and management
  • Technical design and architecture
  • Software development best practices
  • Quality assurance, testing, and validation processes and procedures

The nature of an engagement can range from basic consultation and guidance to development and implementation of specific deliverables, or to creation of a unique methodology tailored for your organization. The scope of the Methodology & Software Engineering Best Practices assignment can be customized to target your specific critical success areas and leverage your organization’s existing expertise and resources.

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