To ensure easy deployment and maintenance of backend solutions, development teams can employ a diversity of tools optimizing the development process.
During the infrastructure preparation stage, we apply logging, monitoring, and alerting tools.
Ways to facilitate product deployment and maintenance
Developers utilize various techniques and tools that automate workflows and contribute to fast and flawless product delivery. These tools assist in tracking time and business metrics, identifying and resolving issues, and maintaining project transparency.
Time logging is used to track time spent on the project in general and on each task in particular. Thanks to time logging reports, customers can see how the work is progressing and what they are actually paying for.
Why we log time
We use logging tools for the purpose of data tracking and storing to assess the impact of implemented changes on the product’s performance. When analyzing time logging reports, we can see which parts were the most challenging and time-consuming in the project development. By looking at the developers’ time logs, our PMs can improve resource allocation as well as project planning and scheduling.
Monitoring is another useful technique that simplifies the development process. It helps the team supervise the project from the very beginning, making sure it is executed in accordance with the specified requirements, timeline, and budget.
Why we use monitoring tools
Monitoring tools help us reduce time and eliminate unnecessary manual effort while constantly keeping track of technical and business metrics. We apply project monitoring to meet the requirements and deliver the product on time and within budget. In addition, by monitoring the project metrics, we can effectively identify and remove bottlenecks and other problems.
Alerting systems enable early problem detection. By sending notifications, they draw developers’ attention to the issues and aid in fixing them before it’s too late. The notifications can be sent via email or any other channel.
Why alerting is important
We use alerting tools to get notified when the value of a business or technology metric changes and to solve the arising issues immediately. An alerting tool can spot changes in the overall system’s performance or in the work of a separate component. Alerts provide contextual information, telling where exactly the problem is and what level of severity it has.
An information radiator is a visual representation, such as a board or a chart, of the latest and most important news about the project, team, or system under development.
We develop custom information radiators
We develop custom information radiators for every project we work on. We use radiators to constantly collect business metrics and track changes after every new feature is implemented. Radiator charts display recent information about the project’s status, roadblocks, and achievements. This improves teamwork and internal communication as all team members can easily get on the same page.
It is essential to use different channels and tools to boost communication either with the customer or within the project team. Clear and transparent communication is the basis for a strong and trusted partnership.
We keep processes transparent
We set up communication channels, such as Slack and JIRA, to enable effective interaction with our clients and ensure the total transparency of all processes. At Mad Devs, we diversify communication channels and integrate them with our project management software, such as time logging, monitoring, and alerting tools, to keep customers well informed of all project events, updates, and changes.
The product development, deployment, and maintenance processes become easier when aided by special tools intended to log time, monitor project metrics, alert to metric changes, and send project updates. The other helpful measures that can facilitate project implementation involve setting up CI/CD pipelines and creating style guides and project rules.
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