Codeflyers Project

What is Codeflyers Project?

Codeflyers Project: The E-Commerce Website

Product Backlog Items and Organizational Hierarchy

Best Practices

Conclusion


What is Codeflyers Project?

The Codeflyers project is a community project for building applications that target different platforms as much as possible, involving all roles and stages of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), in order to provide a road map for how to implement new and different technologies along with the process  and provide learning perspectives. A few of the project roles include web design, web development, desktop development, build engineering and deployment engineering along with positions for product owner and scrum master. The stages of software development included in the project are analysis, design, development, testing, deployment, monitoring and maintenance. To provide learning materials, outputs such as videos and step-by-step materials will be produced throughout the project. One of the ultimate goals of the Codeflyers project is to provide comprehensive training that covers all primary and alternative scenarios for realistic situations that may be encountered, as well as the opportunity for the community to apply the training in projects.

Codeflyers Project: The E-Commerce Website

As a starting point of the project, an e-commerce website has been developed as a base platform to apply training and lessons, and can be found at https://github.com/codeflyers. To work on developing the site, there are documented Product Backlog Items, Features, and Epics to review and implement to make the project operational. Note that the e-commerce site is simply a place to implement the training and create a functional application, not to actively sell products.

The current web design is primitive and just to produce the initial idea but I am working on a new and modern design, I finished the main idea but it still under enhancement and not finalize yet.

The following is the home page for the new design.

Codeflyers E-Commerce Site

Here also some

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Here is the old and the current design on GitHub

Codeflyers-old

Product Backlog Items and Organizational Hierarchy

With larger projects, it is often more manageable to approach development in a piece-by-piece approach. Product Backlog Items (PBIs) on the backlog are tasks to complete on the e-commerce platform/website, such as implementing search filters or updating an offer for a product. PBIs are comprised of smaller individual tasks, such as developing a section of code that contributes towards achieving the overall output of a given PBI. Above PBIs in the organizational hierarchy is Features; Features are a collection of PBIs that contribute towards a facet of the project. At the top of the hierarchy is Epics, which are a collection of Features.

Codeflyers PBI Backlog

Best Practices

As a rule of thumb, effective organization is what allows large projects and community projects to function smoothly. To do this, Codeflyers has placed a time expectation based on the level of the contribution. Individual tasks should be measured in hours, PBIs should be measured in days, Features should be measured in weeks, and Epics should be measured in months. Likewise, to keep the project manageable and running smoothly, an average of tasks should be maintained to keep the project from being overwhelming. Each Feature should have between 3 and 5 PBIs, and each Epic should contain between 3 and 5 Features.

Conclusion

Codeflyers is a community project designed to teach practical skills for various roles in a software team and provide opportunities to apply the knowledge in a practical setting. The layout of the project has made it simple to begin working on it and manageable so that it will not become overwhelming initially or as time goes on. Codeflyers will be an ongoing project, regularly creating new content for training and continuously creating new projects as each finishes. The project can be found on GitHub at https://github.com/codeflyers.


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