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Our Unique Process

We approach each program individually and personally.

The Process: At Summit, we firmly believe that complex requirements beget beautiful solutions. It is our passion to roll up our sleeves, ask some hard questions, listen and invent.

Out of the gate, we work to identify our client’s over-arching goals as an organization. We strive to understand the current environment and where they would like to be in the future.

Armed with this understanding, Summit works tirelessly to determine the most effective solution using innovation and emerging technologies. This is where the magic happens. This is where you will find our team of experts brainstorming, wireframing, researching, collaborating and architecting solutions. At any given time walking through the Summit offices you will hear “What if we…” or “Imagine if…”. Our war-room boards are never empty.

To us, collaboration is critical. We craft a project plan that ensures we are in lockstep throughout the program lifecycle. Your program leads remain your program leads for the duration of the program. There is no “going dark” period where we disappear for long periods of time. We operate in a truly AGILE development environment, where our Program Managers ensure that milestone deliverables are being shared along the way. We strive to garner all client feedback as we develop and closely manage expectations. This has resulted in great successes—there are no hidden surprises and sudden overages, and our goals are all in alignment.

We truly believe that no two organizations are alike, and thusly, each program we undertake receives a dedicated, accessible team to truly understand our client’s business needs strategically, functionally and technically.

PHASE 1: DISCOVER

  • Business Goal Prioritization
  • Client Onboarding
  • Strategic Planning
  • Research
  • Project Vision

PHASE 2: ENGINEER

  • Requirements Gathering
  • Requirements Documentation and Collaboration
  • Methodology Determination
  • Project Plan
  • Project Test Strategy and Plan
  • Gap Analysis
  • Resources Matrix

PHASE 3: DESIGN

  • Design Strategy and Documentation
  • Technical Specifications
  • Candidate Information Flow
  • System Architecture

PHASE 4: DEVELOP

  • Development
  • Critical Path Milestone Client Reviews
  • QA/UAT Environment Deployment
  • Support QA/UAT Cycles

PHASE 5: TEST: QA

  • Test Plan Finalization
  • Execute Test Cycles
  • Report, Track, Resolve QA defects
  • Training and User Documenation
  • Final Approval and Validation for UAT

PHASE 6: TEST: UAT

  • UAT Environment Set-up
  • Client Testing Cycles
  • UAT Test Reprorting and Management
  • Integration for Channel Testing
  • Final Approval to Deploy

PHASE 7: DEPLOY

  • Push to Staging Environment
  • QA Smoke Test in Staging
  • Client Smoke Test in Staging
  • Upload to Production
  • Final QA Smoke Test in Production
  • Final Client Smoke Test in Production
  • Launch

PHASE 8: EVOLVE

  • Review Program Lifecycle
  • Ongoing Performance Analysis
  • Roadmapping for Future
  • Garner end-user input/feedback
  • Enhance, improve, evolve
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