Standard Beagle’s Signature Process Brings You and Your User Together
Your company is unlike any other. We understand that a “one-size-fits-all” approach rarely works out in the long run, which is why our process was developed to be flexible and iterative. We work directly with you to understand your pain points, how your company operates, and what your customers are like. Then we combine what we learn with real data to customize the solution we design for you.
What is Standard Beagle’s Signature Process?
When you work with Standard Beagle, you will experience our tried-and-true Beagle Signature Process. Our process is repeatable and scaleable. We follow it the same way every time, but we either scale up or back in areas where needed, depending upon your needs and the needs of the project.
Elements of design thinking and UX methodology are baked into every step, ensuring that we approach every project in a way that leads to the desired results.
Our 6-step Signature Process includes:
1. Discovery & Research
It may be tempting to skip this part and get right into design, but Discovery and UX Research is the foundation and one of — if not THE – most important part of our process. This step always starts with a kickoff meeting between your team and our team to make sure everyone is on the same page. It may also include:
- Technical Discovery
- Business Requirements Discovery
- User Interview
- User Surveys
- Competitive Analysis
- Affinity Mapping
- Persona Creation
- Research Analysis
- Problem Definition
2. Ideation & Design
Once we understand the technical, business, and user requirements, we can start designing. It’s more than Photoshop, though. We use a specific process to design a user experience that unites the needs of the user with the goals of the organization. This step includes one or more of the following:
- Ideation and Brainstorming
- Information Architecture Design
- UI System Design / Stile Tiles
- User Testing
- Design Iterations
- Technology Recommendation Refinements
3. Full-Stack Development
Once our clients sign off on each of the design step milestones, we move into full-stack development. We are platform agnostic and focus on open source software development. We are programmers, not configurers. That means we will recommend the platform and code stack right for your project and your budget. This step includes one or more of the following steps:
- Technology Review
- Server / Hosting Recommendations
- Local/Remote Environment Set Up
- Backend / Server Coding
- Frontend Coding / Styling
- Code unit tests
Our expertise spans a wide variety of code stacks, from MEAN and WordPress through .NET. Learn more on our Services page.
4. QA Testing
Every team member is responsible for quality code in our process. We also dedicate a team member with fresh eyes to walk through our QA process to help prevent bugs from making past launch. It includes:
- Testing to ensure the code, the platform, and the layout is bug free and compatible on the current version plus the most recent previous releases of the following browsers: Edge, Firefox, Safari, Chrome
- Testing on mobile devices to ensure layout adapts to phones, tablets and desktops
- Content review for misspelling, typos, and grammar issues
Some clients require compatibility with IE11 and/or WCAG 2.1 accessibility. If this is part of the business requirements, we also test for these items.
With the flip of a switch, your site or app is live, right? Well… IF it’s handled right. Our deployment process ensures that we carefully launch your technology project in the least disruptive way. It includes:
- Backup Creation
- Preparation of Production Environment
- Pre-Launch Unit Testing
- Addition of Post-Launch analytics, Monitoring Tools
- App Store Approval Management
- Post-Launch QA Testing
As time progresses, technology changes and people’s needs change. The best online tools stay relevant with their users by making continuous improvements. We encourage our clients to think of their new technology — website or application — as a work in progress. Adding features and updating the interface over time in a way that responds to the needs of the users as well as staying current with best practices for security and coding. Iteration may include the following:
- UX Research
- UX Design
Standard Beagle is truly a first class design service. I recently had them take on the huge project of creating an online estate planning system for my business. They did a fantastic job, stayed on time, and stayed on budget! It was a pleasure working with them; they gave me regular updates and worked with me to make changes as we went along. I highly recommend their work! – Carole Callaghan, Carole Callaghan Law
How We Work
We are an agile agency, and we use a hybrid-agile project management approach in every part of our organization. Our process has been fine-tuned to take the best of agile methodology and allow us to remain responsive to the immediate needs of our clients. This means we’re flexible to changes and last-minute requests.
What is Agile?
Agile emphasizes people and interactions over processes and tools. By using this methodology, we can make the execution process iterative and deliver small releases more frequently and throughout the process.
Agile has the following benefits:
- Faster delivery
- Higher quality
- Cost control
- Higher customer satisfaction
That’s better for you!