OBDS (Onboard Data Systems) is a world leader in the design and development of paperless (digital) solutions for the business and commercial aviation markets. Cessna, Bombardier, Dassault, and Pilatus aircraft owners are among the company’s regular customers. The OBDS’ mission is to provide customers with digital tools to replace paper both on the ground and in the cockpit increasing ﬂight efﬁciency, improving safety and saving money.
They needed a professional team to help with their Windows application and server development.
However, their previous vendor was moving towards a different direction, so OBDS was having trouble filling some of their critical positions internally. Their president found 8allocate online and started a smaller-scale project with us. We’ve shipped an extremely successful pilot project, so they hired us for a large-scale project.
Our team joined the OBDS in-house development efforts to update the existing architecture and introduce new features while removing persistent bugs. With a clear understanding of the client’s functional and non-functional requirements, we selected software engineers to join the project, and implemented high performance indexing solutions with full-text search capabilities along with several APls.
In addition, we’re helping OBDS conduct research on new 3D models and create another app to house aircraft maintenance manuals.
The development process comprised two parts: web application and Windows app implementation.
Our team suggested the technology stack which was best suited to meet the client’s requirements.
Since ASP.NET was used for the older projects of the client, our team suggested using the same framework to ensure seamless integration. ASP.NET MVC enables agile pattern-based development of sophisticated web applications that conform to the latest web standards.
Lucene.NET – this open—source search engine library was suggested as a high-performance replacement for the BrFullTextSearch used by the older versions of the client’s application. Lucene.NET is a Java—based library ported line-by-Iine to C#. It indexes all types of content and enables ﬂexible, precise, and efﬁcient full-text search features.
ASP.NET Core – our engineers suggested this cross-platform high performance framework for the development of the new features for the client’s cloud application. ASP.NET Core supports web application and server-side architecture development and enables local and cloud-based software deployment.
SyncFusion Essential WPF – this suite of WPF Ul controls enables rapid implementation of multiple features for line-of-business applications. Our team suggested the use of a .NET PDF library for opening, editing, and creating PDF ﬁles.
Our team worked alongside OBDS IT department on deﬁning the scope of web and mobile applications’ update. Taking into account the client’s new functional and non-functional requirements, the international distributed team mapped out the implementation schedule and deliverables.
Using a sustainable communication framework allowed our team to efﬁciently support the client—side specialists, to plan and execute the development and implement the solution that meets the client’s every need.
Keeping the distributed team on schedule and within a budget was possible because of short and to-the-point daily scrums. Discussing progress, future plans and occurring issues helped quickly resolve problems and consistently keep software engineers on track.
All members of the distributed team took part in the initial brainstorming session. Criticism-free web conference enabled the engineers to play ideas off against each other and come up with creative and efﬁcient solutions to meet the client’s requirements.
Apart from daily scrums and sprint retrospectives, regular feedback sessions were scheduled. Two-way exchange of ideas, issues, and suggestions fueled the team’s efﬁciency and drove innovations.
INTERNAL COMMUNICATION FLOW
Our software engineers relied upon a well-established communication framework ﬂow to coordinate their efforts with the client-side developers and to ensure efﬁcient cooperation. Daily emails and Skype audio and video conferences kept the whole team appraised of everyone’s progress, plans, and roadblockers. Scrum Master assigned tasks and followed their progress through Kanban.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGY
Mindful of the project’s requirements, our team implemented a hybrid project management methodology that combined the beneﬁts of Scrum and Kanban. Daily scrums and short sprints set the development pace, while Kanban boards enabled the team members to track each task’s progress from assignment to completion. This approach enabled the team to stay ﬂexible in the face of changing requirements and unexpected issues. Software engineers rounded up the sprints with interim testing and demonstrations of the new features.
Our engineers evaluated the assigned tasks and selected the most efﬁcient implementation approach. New code was tested by our developers and published to Dev for a second round of client-side testing. Upon the successful testing, the code was transferred to the continuous integration and deployment platform. The ﬁnal round of QA was performed after the deployment.
Upon scaling the client’s in-house IT department, our team implemented critical upgrades and introduced new features to the outdated ﬂight documentation management web and mobile applications. Efﬁcient collaboration framework resulted in a strong
“Their [8allocate] developers are relatively autonomous and listen carefully to our specs. They find weaknesses in our specifications that our previous developers have not found and will bring it to our attention. They provide the best possible code, and their QA is on point. I can rest easy when I hand a project over to them.
I have no complaints about their project management. They’re extremely proactive and open to our feedback. We communicate with them via Skype and occasional calls. They integrate themselves into our coding standards and project management tool called Kanban.
Their project managers are exceptional at finding talented developers to fill our positions. They conduct in-depth interviews and always offer five to six skilled developers.”
Roger Sarazin, VP of Product and Services, OBDS
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