From business idea to ready-for-release product
How the Wise team offered a roadmap for the MVP development and repurposed old legacy code to match new business requirements.
The stakeholders planned to base the development of the new product on the existing old legacy code and had a feature set for the MVP development.
To ensure the scope of the project was aligned with business strategy and to approach the defined feature set, we created a product roadmap, estimated all resources needed for its implementation, and allocated a dedicated development team.
First, we explained what parts of the legacy code should be utilized and documented improving proposals. Each of our suggestions or realization approaches included several variants with both pros and cons described in detail.
Then, we discussed the options and opted for the most efficient variants. We agreed upon the deadlines and our client knew what functionality to expect and when.
The initial team for the project included four software engineers and a project manager. To ensure communication was efficient, we agreed upon weekly sync meetings with the Granted product owner and investors. Plus, our client could contact anyone from the Wise team directly to discuss ideas or inquire about the progress of any feature.
Because reworking the given front-end code to meet new requirements and design was time-consuming, we offered to start a new Next.js project. It allowed us to implement new design concepts and add features faster.
We also transferred the auth and auction components from the old application to the new project.
After migration to the modern React framework, the front-end performance, development experience, and state of the codebase were significantly improved.
Key benefits of the used Next.js technology:
As the codebase increased and new functionality was added, Confluence was used to properly organize project documentation. The documentation process was established and the Wise team kept the documentation up-to-date to speed up the development process for everyone involved. All the new features added were documented accordingly.
To help our client accumulate important data on users' interaction with the new product and base future business decisions on real-time data, we configured the following tools:
Infrastructure as Code was applied as the best practice for automating the provisioning of infrastructure services. Terraform, an open-source provisioning tool from HashiCorp, was used to build, change, and version infrastructure and ensure its safety, efficiency, and easy reproducibility. Terraform managed the state of our environment on AWS. In other words, if something was not in conformity, it would be fixed and kept as close as possible to the desired state.
To ensure high availability, high scalability, security, and fault tolerance production environment, the core project infrastructure components were designed and built on the Amazon Web Services (AWS).
For the setup, the following services were used:
Kubernetes was chosen as an orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, and management. It helped to make deployment stable and the production environment part scalable.
From the beginning, our team defined key metrics that allowed us to monitor app performance and set up tools to collect this data. We configured:
To automate the CI/CD and run MySQL migration, the Jenkins pipeline was utilized. This provided a simple interface for deploying the application to the development Kubernetes cluster from any GitHub branch. It also could be deployed to the production Kubernetes cluster from the master branch with a rollback function if needed.
The quality assurance was applied during the auction system and marketplace development process, still, after the main development phase was over, the Wise team prepared a detailed plan for the software testing, created test cases, and extensive automated tests to ensure that the developed solution is stable, bug-free, and ready for the launch.
Product Consultant at Granted
The Wise team was hired to repurpose a previously acquired auction platform and develop new functionality to empower our experiential marketplace. They did a fantastic job building out the product MVP on time and within estimates, helped to implement into life investors' vision. It was a joy to work with Wise Engineering. All team members are self-starters, highly competent, and work with consistent velocity. Keep doing what you're doing!
Today, Granted is a live marketplace and online auction software available for a global audience and has already a new roadmap for its development.
The tech part is fully delegated to our team and WE are happy to contribute to this success story.