By following an agile approach to development, we build exceptionally high-quality, open-source solutions for our clients. We bring extensive creativity and experience to the sites we develop, which is why our solutions are robust, stable, and built-to-scale.
Web software development is dynamic. Each project has a different shape and unique requirements that often change during the course of the project. We are committed to agile approaches to development that emphasize collaboration between the developers and the client, the ability to react quickly to changing requirements, and actual working deliverables. We invite client stakeholders to view our development as it takes place on our development servers in order to receive continuous feedback, which reduces the potential for mistakes and misunderstandings.
In keeping with the principles of continuous integration, development at Cast Iron Coding all centers around our use of the Git version control system. The source code for sites that we develop is stored in Git, which provides the development team with a complete development history as well as accountability. Developers commit code throughout the day, and work is pushed to a staging environment regularly. The result is that each developer's work is constantly integrated back into the whole project and made available to the client to review, which leads to higher-quality, lower-cost deliverables.
Clearly Communicating Complex Concepts
One of the most common complaints against IT staff leveled by non-technical individuals is that IT experts lack strong communication skills. At Cast Iron Coding, we understand that the communication that occurs on both the client-side and the developer-side has a tremendous impact on the final deliverable. For this reason, we stress the importance of strong communication skills among our developers. CIC developers take the extra time to ask hard questions and provide detailed technical explanations in a comprehensible form that helps our customers get the most out of our work.
Experience with Emerging Technologies
The web changes fast, and the solutions that made sense a year ago may not make sense today. For this reason, developers at CIC are encouraged to keep their skills fresh by engaging in professional development. All team members are required to be well versed in multiple languages and technologies. Our developers rely heavily on internal blogs, wikis, and engagement with the open source community to stay current with the most recent web technologies.
Sensitivity to Budgets and Costs
CIC thrives on our ability to deliver reliable, high-quality solutions in less time and at lower cost points than our competitors (both in the areas of open-source and proprietary software). By continually refining our internal processes and making development methodologies more efficient, we are able to ensure that our solutions are more functional and less expensive than competing solutions. Developers receive regular updates of development expenses and are encouraged to find solutions that are appropriate to the project's budget.