IT Stems is a custom software development company.
Owned and managed by ex-developers, the company has a very wide technical skills base and an entrepreneurial culture – revenues from the business are reinvested in creating new products for the future. Our research focus at present is into new development technologies, which we hope will allow us to produce better systems more quickly.
We’re very interested in the possibilities of new technologies – but at the same time we don’t automatically follow the latest fashion. We work mostly with Microsoft and Apache systems. We have a long experience in implementing and developing journal management systems including journal development, in-house editorial screening, marketing allocation, content management, reference processing, article production tools, analytical systems based on academic indexing databases (like Crossref, Pubmed, Scopus), Plagiarism detection, manuscript tracking, and peer review systems
We are an Agile-Oriented team. We split the development work into small sprints of work of about 2 or 3 weeks.
The starting point is the product backlog, a set of top-level and prioritized tasks that we use to get an overall idea of the product. On the kickoff (and subsequent) sprint meetings, we analyze and define these top-level task with the client and then select a handful that can be developed in 2 weeks.
Once a week we do a standup call with the client to make adjustments on the workload if needed. We believe this method reduces the chances of falling and commit errors and allows customers to change the requirements and adapt the app at any time without affecting the product roadmap.