Why Blueberry?

Custom Software Development Process

How we work with you – from specification through to design, implementation and testing!

Tendering for the Contract

1. Initial Meeting

1-initial-meetingWe discuss your software development requirements in detail. Ideally, we prefer to meet face-to-face, but we often do this over the phone.

2. Proposal

2-proposalWe produce a proposal based on the initial conversation. The proposal includes our thoughts on the best way to meet your requirements – often we provide an analysis of two or three options, and then make a recommendation on the best approach. We aim to make our proposals fixed-price, but this depends on how clear your requirements are.

When Blueberry is Selected for the Contract

3. Detailed Design

3-design-documentFor most software development projects, there is usually more design work to clarify exactly how the system should work. For larger projects we prefer to do this work face-to-face; for smaller projects we can work via phone and email.

4. Update Financials & Agree Contract


If the requirements have changed during the detailed design process, we will update the project costs. We work with the customer to achieve the best balance between cost and system functionality.

We agree terms for the project. Normally we ask customers to pay in stages, with each payment due against some development milestone.

5. Development

5-development-phase Our team starts work on your software system. Our project manager keeps you updated on progress on a bi-weekly basis. We believe strongly in involving the customer throughout the project – for online systems we have a test version online at all times. For standalone software we send you regular new versions for you to try.

6. Functionally Complete


At the end of the development stage, we deliver a software system which is “functionally complete” – i.e. we have no code left to write for features. The system will have had internal testing on each feature, but further testing begins at this point.

We expect customers will want to be involved in system testing at this stage.

7. System Completed

7-system-finishedTesting is complete, and the new software system is ready for use. If required, we can assist with deployment – which may involve importing existing data.