Custom Software Development Process

We use a flexible hybrid approach refined over 20 years

We have been delivering successful custom software projects for customers of varying size for over 20 years. In this time we have seen a lot of change in both technology and delivery methodology.

What we have found is that there is no single development methodology that fits all clients. A custom software development process that is too rigid may not work for highly innovative fast-moving organisations. While a highly flexible development methodology is too disruptive for the more traditional, multinational organisations who have shareholders to answer to.

It’s all about balance in the end. This is why we use a Hybrid model. A mix of the structured Waterfall approach combined with the flexibility of Agile. Depending on the client, and the environment the client operates in, we are able to pull the levers in terms of how flexible or structured the software development process needs to be.

What does this mean for you?

  • Understanding your Vision. Initially, most of our clients go through a Vision process. This process allows us to get to know you, your company and what you are trying to achieve. It allows our team to immerse themselves in your challenges and aspirations. It is through this common understanding that we are able to provide the type of service and engagement you need rather than trying to fit you into a mould.
  • Developing your System. Development of your system is done through iterations. We recommend 10-15 day iterations, however we have clients that are on 21 day iterations, because this is what suits their business. Through continuous integration, we provide a preview of the work completed daily. You are able to login and view your system being built. A full demonstration of the system to date is provided at the end of each iteration.

Our Hybrid custom software development process in action

As a Solentive client, you will be assigned a dedicated project team that will work with you on the development of your software system. We have an experienced team of qualified scrum masters, certified software engineers, accredited project managers, ISTQB certified testers, solution architects and specialist UI developers that we allocate across our projects.

Using our Hybrid software development process, we have successfully delivered software systems across numerous industries including finance, insurance, education, utilities, telecommunications, legal, professional services, media and manufacturing.

How we engage with our current clients

jjrichards Commercial Engagement: Time and Materials
Development Methodology: Agile
Initially we built a system for JJ Richards based on our Fixed Price Hybrid model. Following the deployment of the system, JJ Richards moved to our Time and Material Agile approach, where the Solentive team is an extension of the internal JJ Richards development team. Through joint elaboration sessions, the Solentive team capture the requirements and deliver iteration based enhancement to the system on an ongoing basis.
client-logo-22 Commercial Engagement: Cost Targeting
Development Methodology: Hybrid
UNSW Medicine, a long standing Solentive client, came to us with a requirement to build a cross platform mobile application on a predetermined budget. The Solentive team worked with UNSW Medicine to prioritise the features of the app to ensure that it fit within the budget. Using this approach, UNSW Medicine was able to deliver an app that provides the most value to the University while meeting their predetermined budget.
clipsal Commercial Engagement: Fixed Price
Development Methodology: Hybrid
Clipsal has been a Solentive client for over 10 years. During this time we have designed, developed and enhanced a number of software systems that has seen an increase in revenue and market share and reaffirmed Clipsal as a leader in their industry. Clipsal systems are built based on our traditional Fixed Price Hybrid model which includes a Vision followed by iterative development.


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"We see Solentive as an extension of our internal team rather than an external vendor. It’s natural for us to involve them in new projects that we are planning." Matthew Schoemaker,

JJ Richards & Sons