Our Flagship Product: Synapse

Your Definitive Guide To Technology Terms

The world of Technology and Projects can be a confusing one. Our process takes a whole team, all with different technical specialisms that speak a different language.

For our clients, we like to make sure you know what’s going on with your project. That’s why our team is in consistent contact with you, keeping you updated with where the development is and what’s coming next.

Agile

Agile is a development methodology that we make use of here at Zinc. It enables us to break the project into phases which are completed step-by-step and allow for a flexible project. It helps keep our products to a timeline of fast delivery and ongoing releases.

Development

Development is the building blocks of every technical project. It’s the part of the project when our team are working with coders to create every part of the end product. It’s the most lengthy part of a project, because every part is being built and tailored to you.

Gantt Chart

Our project team plan out the entirety of your project using a Gantt Chart. It’s a way to lay out planned actions and the week they’re scheduled to be able to view at a glance the timeline that’s expected; when things will be done and ready for release.

Live environment

The live environment is the product that is launched and in use. Whenever you use your product, you’re using it in a live environment.

Pilot environment

The Pilot or Dev environment is a place to test out new functionality or developments without the risk of causing issues to a live product. It is where we can safely make sure that any bugs are ironed out and that our QA and UAT processes are complete before launch.

Phase

A phase is a part of Agile development. They are used to split a large project into different areas that are easier to manage and deliver, or to plan future developments in the product.

Technical Specification

In order to send something to development, our projects team need to write a technical specification. This is a document that lays out exactly what’s required and how it should be built to make it work the way you need it to.

QA

QA stands for Quality Assurance. It’s our internal testing process in which our Testing team go through the app with a fine tooth comb to make sure that every button and page is doing what it should.

Scope

Scope is what our team believe as being deliverable during the project timeline or phase. If a new feature is in-scope, it can be delivered in the current phase. If not, then we’d suggest adding a new phase of development.

UAT

UAT is User Acceptance Testing. This is a second stage of testing, although can often happen alongside QA. It’s when we send the product to a specific group of people for a small launch, in order to make sure it’s not only functional but fit for purpose.

Waterfall

Another development methodology, Waterfall doesn’t use phases. Instead, a full product is completed before any launch. This is used for smaller projects, or products that need to have every functionality completed ahead of launch.

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