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At EPAM we understand the need to create a high quality solution that maximizes return on investment. We also understand that the solution needs to accelerate time to market while minimizing risk along the way. Our Agile delivery approach addresses all of these requirements. We create software that can be tested within the first 2 weeks of development and continuously thereafter, partner with key stakeholders to validate the solution every week through live demonstrations, and enable the system to be integrated early to minimize the surprises usually found in SIT (System Integration Testing) and UAT (User Acceptance Test) phases.
At the heart of the EPAM Agile approach is the iterative delivery model. Small pieces of functionality are fully implemented, integrated, tested, packaged, and demonstrated every single week. Not only does this provide the Customer with accurate tracking information and a realistic projection of the project timeline, it also allows the team to gather feedback with regards to the delivered functionality and apply key learning in the upcoming iterations.
EPAM has a flexible premium onshore/offshore delivery model. Our Global Delivery model leverages several East European delivery centers that have a 4 hour time zone overlap. This allows us to use the same delivery techniques globally that we use locally. Our offshore delivery resources work with our local teams to communicate directly with our customers. With the use of iterative style development, we can ensure that requirements are effectively communicated to our entire team (both local and remote) and that any potential misunderstandings are quickly caught through daily stand-ups, planning sessions and software demonstrations. This time zone overlap is the key to enabling greater project delivery certainty through distributed collaboration. Additionally we use many advanced software development techniques to ensure quality and transition knowledge between offshore and onshore resources.
Apart from the challenges you encounter while maintaining even the most recent systems, real legacy systems usually bring along their own set of challenges. An insurmountable amount of technical debt, lack of knowledge to change the current system and unsupported infrastructure can all lead to the legacy system becoming the bottleneck of your business processes. Replacing the system seems the only way out, but how can we ensure that we get the benefits from the investment early on and ensure we're not rebuilding the legacy?
Updating and maintaining legacy systems creates significant challenges for software developers. Modifying legacy applications can be a time-consuming process which is fraught with architectural and code minefields. In many instances, the same developers, because of their specialist knowledge, and the same processes have been used to improve these systems over an extended period of time. Introducing new practices into such an environment presents problems, on both the human and the technological level. The use of a pragmatic Agile process through small releases and customer collaboration can yield benefits, both in speed of delivery, and improvements in user requirements being met. Our Agile, test-first approaches have brought reduced delivery time and generated higher quality applications with fewer errors.
Please contact the EPAM Agile Competency Center about any inquiries related to our Agile practices
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Newtown, PA 18940