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BodyWhat is SDLC? Understanding The Phases Of The Software Development Life CycleDec 15•5 minSoftware development companies may rely on diverse techniques during the development process, and specific products might sometimes require complex and intricate approaches. But the success of your project relies heavily on the ability to roll back to the basics. As a systematic process, SDLC, which stands for software development lifecycle, won’t let you go wrong with answering the most basic questions of “who, what, when, where, and how” relating to your software development project.In this guide, you’ll find a detailed explanation of SDLC phases and tools to make your dev process go smoothly. But first, let’s take a closer look at SDLC itself.What is the software development lifecycle?SDLC is a framework that defines activities performed during the software development process from planning to implementation and release. As the name suggests, SDLC isn’t a linear framework. Each step, be it just an idea, a detailed plan, or a working prototype, is a base for your next step until your software is ready. You can view your released software as a starting point in growing your project.What makes SDLC activities so important?The software development lifecycle helps to plan every step efficiently, hence it:Provides visibility for the parties engaged in the dev processSets clear roles and responsibilitiesMaps out clear deliverables through having DoD (definition of done) for each stepMinimizes the risk of rework, missed deadlines, or going over budgetJust like Lego sets, you can try and build without any instructions, yet the chances are that it’ll take longer, and the outcome won’t be what you pictured.Let’s take a closer look at the basic SDLC activities you’ll need to build software.Software development life cycle steps. SDLC consists of seven basic steps regardless of the software development process you’ll use. Usually, they go in the following sequence:Brainstorming and researchRequirements analysis and planningUI/UX designDevelopment and codingIntegration and testingDeployment and launch Operations and maintenanceIn some cases, they may go in a different order — some steps can be combined or even run in parallel. It all depends on your project requirements, what you already have, and your team size.Step 1. Brainstorming and research. Poor audience research was one of the main reasons well-funded startup Quibi closed less than six months after launch. Starting with brainstorming sessions and testing your ideas through meticulous target audience (TA) research can save time and money further down the line.Brainstorming helps to explore your project concepts, generate new ideas, and reject bad ones. While a whiteboard is great for visualizing ideas and flows, a digital whiteboard tool like Miro is better for remote teams.Your end users are the factor your success depends on. To understand their preferences and pain points, you need to carry out customer interviews and consult with domain experts. You also need to look at the industry you’re targeting to check trends and understand the competition.The outcomes of the research phase will help fill in the gaps in your product vision.ToolsBrainstorming — Miro, Google Spread Sheets Research — Typeform Gantt, Google forms ResultsSpending time on research helps you validate the ideas from brainstorming sessions. It’s essential to ensure that the product you build will attract users.Step 2. Requirements analysis, feasibility study, and planning. Creating a plan is the next phase in the software development process. This involves organizing information gathered during the previous step and filling in the gaps. The outcome is a solution design reference (SDR) document, the blueprint for your future product. An SDR indicates:Functional and non-functional requirementsImplementation details required by developers and testersEstimation of time and effort requiredAn SDR document, together with a development plan, is essential for you and the team to have a shared project vision.In some cases, your project may also require a feasibility study to understand whether your idea is doable in terms of features, tech stack, or regulatory compliance. Building a minimum prototype can help expose issues with the idea or tech stack early, allowing you to make changes to your concept before moving to the design or development stage. Tools: Gantt chartResultsYou get an SDR document, a development plan, and a minimum product prototype in the case of a feasibility check.Step 3. UI/UX Design. The software design process involves translating your software development requirements into a well-thought-out project design. This phase is about more than just colors and shapes — it’s about creating intuitive workflows your end-users can quickly grasp. In most cases, we’ll start from user experience (UX) design, which is the backbone of your future product. It’s about creating intuitive ways for users to navigate through your product. UX wireframes can be:Low-fidelity. Their primary goal is to help make your concept more tangible. They can be hand-drawn sketches or black and white schematic screens showing an application flow with basic content and blocks. High-fidelity. These wireframes aim to show your product’s look and feel. Usually, they have refined graphics, spacing, and layout and display the structure of your app pages in detail. Unlike low-fi wireframes, high-fi can only be created using digital tools.Both low-fi and high-fi wireframes can be a basis for user interface (UI) design, which focuses on your product’s look, feel, and interactivity. But it’s more than that. UI design is about your product’s aesthetics. To create a consistent interface layout, designers think of your potential user, their demographics, habits, and preferences, so that the final interface elements are intuitive, easy to use, and correspond to general design guidelines (e.g., Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines, material design principles, etc.). UI designers also:Create icons and buttonsCreate illustrations, animations, or custom transition elementsOptimize interactionsChoose typography, visuals, and color schemesMake responsive experiencesUI is also about building your brand identity (if you don’t have one yet).Tools: FigmaSketchMiroResultsThe outcome of this stage is a design hand-off to the developers, which is transferring the design ideas to be implemented during the next stage. On top of that, before you proceed with development, you can show a well-thought-out design concept to the investors or potential users.Step 4. Development and coding. Development is usually the longest phase in the software development cycle. The starting point is forming the team and choosing the software development methodology — Agile or Waterfall.Waterfall methodology offers a traditional linear approach where phases flow sequentially from one to the next until project completion. In other words, each step needs to be 100% complete to proceed to the next. Any changes will alter the original plan and require a restart.Agile methodology is an incremental approach to software development. Unlike waterfall, it’s more adaptable to changing requirements. Rather than planning the whole project, Agile presupposes small increments and completing those in iterations. Each iteration may include several software development phases performed in parallel. At the end of each iteration, you receive a product update or new version for release.Today’s market demands quick changes, so I’d suggest going Agile to ensure a quick turnaround and response. You’ve probably heard of JIRA, as it’s used left and right to plan work and distribute tasks across a dev team. Using JIRA or a similar tool will grant you complete visibility of the team’s progress.Tools: JIRA or a similar toolAgile methodologies including Scrum, Kanban, Feature-Driven Development (FDD), and more (depends on the project scope)ResultsThe outcome of the software engineering step is a fully functioning software product.Step 5. Integration and testing. I always say there is no need to reinvent the wheel, and this is true of application integrations. For instance, almost every company needs reporting and analytics tools to track product performance. But there’s no need to develop it — you can integrate an existing tool, like Google Analytics, using API.Another vital part of any SDLC is testing. Bugs are an inevitable part of the software development process, even if you hire the best programmers. The only way to get rid of them is to perform regular testing and bug fixing sessions. Ideally, testing should start as soon as possible and go hand in hand with development. It allows finding, reporting, and fixing bugs even within the same iteration and keeps the source code quality high. There are several types of testing to ensure your product’s stable performance, among which are:UX testingFunctional testingUsability testingPerformance testingBlack box testingRegression testingWhat’s more, following the test-driven development approach (TDD) is a must to keep the source code quality high.Tools: JIRANewRelic or another expectation monitoring tool for tracking outages and critical exceptionsTestRailTest automation tools to perform Happy Path testing ResultsQA is an extensive process with different stages and involves many deliveries. But the main outcome we expect is bug-free, reliable software. Step 6. Deployment and launch. Once the product is ready, it’s time to push it to production servers. But don’t rush it. I always suggest using beta testing before general release, so real users can use your product in a production environment and uncover hidden bugs or issues before a product is available to a bigger audience. Subsequently, your product will be ready to release into the live production environment.In the ideal world, the deployment step should be pretty much automated and easily manageable through a deployment pipeline for software releases. In fact, as the project evolves, you might require way more effort and time to deploy software releases. To ensure everything goes as expected, you should have a deployment plan defining a set of activities and responsibilities for your software to go live.Tools: Google Analytics to analyze trafficTools like Bamboo or TeamCity to keep abreast of upcoming code changes and issuesMixPanel for tracking specific predefined events like clicking buttons, etc. HotJar for better understanding of users’ interaction with the websiteResultsVoila! Your product is finally live and ready to conquer your users’ hearts.Step 7. Operations and maintenance. The software development cycle doesn’t end on release — that’s only the starting point for further product updates and maintenance. Despite being the last of all software development life cycle steps, maintenance is essential to keep your product operational without downtime. IEEE/ISO/IEC 14764-2006 standard defines four types of maintenance activities to keep your software functioning flawlessly:Corrective software maintenance refers to actions taken to fix reported bugs.Preventive software maintenance involves regular checks and fixes to avoid potential bugs and glitches.Perfective software maintenance implies evolving your software, optimizing its performance, and adding new features to keep end-users happy and engage new ones.Adaptive software maintenance aims to keep your software up to date by adjusting it to any changes, be it new government regulations or third-party API updates.So just like you need to regularly mow the grass to keep your yard neat, you need to perform updates to guarantee the best version of your product to end-users. And so you go through the SDLC steps again and again.Tools: Zendesk IntercomResultsContinuous upkeep ensures up-to-date software that stands up to the competition.To sum up. The software development lifecycle is your step-by-step plan to bring your product vision to life. Using the SDLC framework can help you mitigate gaps, delays, or problems in the development process, no matter how small or big the project is. SDLC includes seven steps any software project goes through — from idea validation, planning, designing, coding, and testing to release and maintenance. Each SDL phase aims at an outcome that serves as a foundation for further steps:Idea validation is the first step in software development. It’s about performing brainstorming sessions and proving your assumptions through research.Planning comes next, putting all your requirements in order and proving they’re feasible to implement.UI/UX software design steps help illustrate your product. Visuals speak louder than words, so use them for promo, fundraising, or early user testing.Development is when we do our magic and turn those visuals into working applications. It’s usually the most time-consuming phase of SDLC.Testing is important to ensure your software performs as expected.Deployment and launch are what you, as a customer, look forward to the most. Yet, going live isn’t the final step in SDLC. Remember, it’s a cycle that never ends.Continuous maintenance happens when your software is up and running. You need to keep it running smoothly and to grow it. The future is only possible with product growth.Think of the SDLC activities as a constant journey to enhance your product and make it stand up to or even beat the competition. Altigee can be your guide in this software development journey. Contact us, and we’ll be happy to lead you through every phase of SDLC.Share:Read Next. 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BodySoftware Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Reviewed by Mike Berg View our Editorial Policy | Last updated: November 12, 2020 Table of Contents What Does Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Mean? Techopedia Explains Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) SDLC Key Takeaways History of the Software Development Life Cycle SDLC Process About Software Development as a Service (SDaaS) Final Thoughts What Does Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Mean? A software development life cycle (SDLC) model is a conceptual framework describing all activities in a software development project from planning to maintenance. This process is associated with several models, each including a variety of tasks and activities.Software development is a cumbersome activity requiring proper identification of requirements, their implementation, and software deployment. However, the activities do not end there. After the distribution of the software, proper maintenance has to be provided in a timely manner.This term is also known as the software development process model. Advertisement Techopedia Explains Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Let's look at a more intuitive way to approach the definition of the software development life cycle (SDLC). Think about the stages that software development goes through, from the very earliest fulminations of a project idea, to releasing that software live in a production environment.Think of the SDLC as composed of various “way stations” on the way to full final development and release, with all of the user testing and other things that go on at the end of the process.That's a good way to start thinking about what the SDLC is.SDLC Key Takeaways. Here are some things that are going to be central to our explanation of the software development life cycle:SDLC encompasses: planning, implementation, testing, documentation, deployment and maintenance.Models shifted from traditional staged SDLC processes, to agile, and then to Devops.Agile and Devops as practices merged traditional staging in new and interesting ways.The cloud brought the arrival of web-delivered resources into the picture.Although SDLC is now much changed, the concept remains largely the same.History of the Software Development Life Cycle. The consensus is that the SDLC as a framework developed in the 1950s and 1960s as computer science itself evolved quickly.Prior to the second half of the 1900s, when the ENIAC and various other innovations moved the computing world forward quickly, computing really wasn't elaborate enough to need something like the SDLC. The first implementations of software technologies involved simple tools, like basic go-to lines and if/then statements.Over time, the concept of structured programming brought in the need for developmental models and the SDLC was born.The first early models were mainly defined by the stages.Take a look at this infographic to understand this historic migration of practices from the waterfall to new DevOps and agile methodologies.Share this Image On Your Site. Please include attribution to techopedia.com with this graphic.Iterative and incremental practices led to prototyping in the 1980s, which led to various different types of innovations like spiral and V-model frameworks, and then into agile in the 1990s.There are numerous ways to describe these changes over time, but the bottom line is that the software development life cycle began as a carefully staged process.The waterfall remains the dominant model for these early software development life cycle frameworks. In the waterfall model, everything in one stage is completed before you move to the next stage. All planning gets completed before the project moves to implementation. All implementation is completed before the process moves to testing.Then, as these frameworks evolved into agile, this idea broke down into a system where collaborative work changed workflows, and previously monolithic staging was sliced and diced into its composite parts. For example, testing could go on in different phases in different environments.As a side note, testing was increasingly becoming automated as well.In any case, the move from waterfall to other models, to agile and DevOps, brings us up to the current day, where the DevOps mentality is leveraging cloud architectures, micro-services and more to redefine what software development life cycle work means.SDLC Process. The major software development activities include:Requirement extraction. The client has a vague idea of what is required. The sales department, software engineers and domain experts all collaborate to gather information about what the product should be, its purposes and how it is supposed to work. This analysis is often coupled by market surveys.Feasibility analysis. After a thorough analysis of the requirements and planning steps to reach the target, the abstract client idea is put into practice by a group of software engineers. A “Software Requirement Specification” (SRS) document is compiled to include everything that must be developed to complete the project.Design phase. During this phase, the overall system architecture is designed by defining the functionality of each module as well as their interaction with third-party modules.Building and coding stage. The product is built and coded according to the company’s own standards. Designers follow a set of best practices and guidelines, and use the programming tools they have at their disposal to develop the product.Testing phase. The code is tested to make sure it is free of bugs, adheres to the client requirements and correctly interfaces with other software products together with the underlying hardware.Deployment and Maintenance. The final version of the product is released to the market. Maintenance is performed over time to change the system architecture according to future needs. This may require the addition of code or alteration of the existing code.The above development process is streamlined by a series of models. The development team selects the best suitable model among several known ones. The different models are:Waterfall model. Developers state the requirements, analyze them, determine a solution and frame a software architecture, interface representation, and algorithmic details. Then they develop the code, test the code, deploy the software, and maintain it. The main problem with this model is that the requirement to correct errors should be known upfront and at an early stage. Otherwise, the whole process may continue in the wrong direction, which could negatively impact the cost of production.V Shaped model. Is a variation of the waterfall model. It emphasizes the verification and validation of the product. All deliverables are testable and progress is tracked by milestones. Testing is implemented in parallel to the development phase.Prototype model. A prototype is developed in the requirement phase and evaluated by end users. Based on user feedback, developers alter the prototype to satisfy user requirements. While this model finalizes the requirements easily, its use in the production environment might result in quality issues, thereby making the process of correction continue forever.Spiral model. Makes use of both waterfall and prototype models. It adds 4th generation programming languages, rapid application development prototyping and risk analysis to the waterfall model. The system requirements are designed and a preliminary system design is created. An initial prototype is designed and tested. Based on the evaluation of test results, a second prototype is created. Subsequent prototypes are constructed to ensure customer satisfaction. The system is created based on the final prototype. The final system is evaluated and tested. Though this model reduces risk to a large extent, it may not meet the budget and is applied differently for each application.Iterative and incremental SDLC model. Specifies and implements a part of the software, which is then reviewed and further requirements added and implemented in groups. Every release delivers an operational product presenting the customers with important functionalities first, lowering initial delivery costs. The risk of changing requirements is greatly reduced and customers are allowed to respond to each build. In spite of its strengths, this model requires good planning and early definition of the complete and fully functional system. It also requires well-defined module interfaces.Agile development model. Is used for time-critical applications in organizations employing disciplined methods. It speeds up the life cycle phases and has reduced scope.Magic box model. Is a Web application development model. It is the fastest way to finish the project with the least bugs as it provides the chance to alter the code and database structures.There are a lot of moving parts. That's part of why companies started to hire scrum masters, to get teams together and quickly orient them to what's happening on the ground.That kind of check-in ensures that even in the highly complex environment, everything is humming along.About Software Development as a Service (SDaaS). With all of the above in mind, Software Development as a Service, or SDaaS, refers to the vast range of services available from vendors who will take over aspects of the software development lifecycle process in some way, shape or form.These companies may dedicate teams of individuals to managing the software lifecycle in a way that supports the client company based on discovery and participation.Many of these systems rely on the agile method, because it can be very symbiotic with the nature of SDaaS. Because there's so much interactivity and interoperability, the client can routinely interface with the support vendor in ways that promote good results.Vendors may have scrum masters and other practitioners available to guide development or deployment teams that deliver according to specific needs.Some vendors characterize this as offering software development services with ongoing projected costs, in order to help clients to outsource, although many consider SDaaS to be different than the outsourced IT model.Final Thoughts. All of the above helps to show why the software development life cycle is important and how it has evolved over time.Think about this fundamental method of creating the apps, executables and software products we use on a daily basis. Advertisement Synonyms Software Development Process Share this Term Related Terms. 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BodySoftware Development Life Cycle: A Guide to Phases and ModelsMARYNA DEMCHENKOPublished: 19 Jul 2021Software DevelopmentShare:Complex things make our lives easier. Take self-driving cars, smart homes, or augmented reality capabilities built into eyewear, for example. All of those things are powered by complex software working behind the scenes.However, no matter how complex the software is, it needs to be flexible, easy to maintain, and enhance. How do software developers achieve that? The answer lies in thorough planning each step of the software development life cycle.Outlining the software development process is a great kick-off point in software product development. In this article, we discuss the notion of software development life cycle, its phases, and common methodologies used in it.Software Development Life Cycle: Definition. Software development life cycle (SDLC) is a series of steps that a team of software developers must follow to develop and maintain software.A software development life cycle begins with a decision to build software and ends after removing that software from exploitation. The software development process includes 5 key phases. Each of them contains several steps. Essentially, SDLC is a roadmap for software product development. Build  your own virtual team  in Ukraine Contact us Why is SDLC important? From deadline breaches to rushed decisions and futile attempts to bring the project under control, poorly planned software projects tend to go out of hand. In contrast, having an outlined software development life cycle in place, businesses can have the bliss of a predictable software product development. For software developers, it means understanding what they do now and what comes next. Here are some key benefits of SDLC: It provides visibility for the parties engaged in software development; It allows business owners to retain control over the project; It ensures predictable deliveries throughout an entire software development process; It minimizes risk, for example, going over budget or deadline; It ensures that the software development process continues until all expectations are met. Thus, all projects should have an outlined software development life cycle because it's the only way to ensure the resulting software will meet the demands of both business owners and end-users.Software development life cycle: Phases. Phase 1. Requirement collection . Goal: to gather and document business requirements This step includes collection of requirements for software product development from stakeholders, industry experts, and even potential customers. After that, the project owners outline the project scope, defining a budget, resources, deadlines, and potential risks and quality assurance requirements. All requirements are encapsulated in a formal document, Software Requirement Specification. Project managers, business analysts, and software developers will refer to this document frequently.Phase 2. Design . Goal: to translate software development requirements into designThis stage of the software development life cycle involves designing the entire system and its elements, including high-level design and low-level design. High-level design (HLD) is defined as the system's architectural design, whereas low-level design (LLD) is the design of its components. Thus, LLD is a detailed description of all components, configurations, and processes of IT infrastructure.  Build  your own virtual team  in Ukraine Contact us There is no clear set of rules to structuring the System Design Document, as it's tailored to each project individually, but it usually includes the following:HLD: System elements and how they interact with each other. For more convenience, the information is presented in the form of cases (as in "by performing step A, you get the result B"); Implementation. This section includes a table containing concise information about the main stages of software product development; In addition, HLD should contain information about resources, technologies, and information on possible risks (and how to prevent them) as well as ways to recover the system in case of failure. LLD: Layout and connection of equipment; Software module installation schemes; Specifications of the operating modes of the system's components. Phase 3. Software development. Goal: To build the actual software Software development is the most time-consuming phase of software development life cycle, but it's more predictable than the Design phase. Using the design document, software developers write code for the components. The tasks are divided between the team members according to their area of specialization. Front-end software developers are responsible for creating an interface and its communication with the server. Database administrators add necessary data to the database. Software developers use coding guidelines and various tools to write and implement code. The result of this phase is a working software product and a Source Code Document.Phase 4. Testing. Goal: To ensure the software meets requirementsAfter a development team completes programming software, it's time for the Quality Assurance (QA) team to step in. The QA team tests the software to measure its quality. During this phase, the software undergoes different kinds of tests: Functional testing: Ensuring that software is in line with the requirements described in the Software Requirement Specification; Performance testing aimed to determine how the software works under a workload (its speed, responsiveness, and stability); Unit testing: Testing each component individually. If any of those has a flaw, software developers responsible for it have to go back and fix it.  Security testing: As the name suggests, this type of testing aims to verify the system's security; Usability testing: This type of test involves testing user-facing components to determine if the software is intuitive, easy to use, and understandable for users. Software developers fix any bugs that come up at this stage, and then the QA team tests the software or its component again. Quality assurance is an ongoing process that continues until the software is entirely free of bugs and meets the requirements.Phase 5. Deployment. Goal: To deliver completed software to usersThe tested version of the software is shipped to the market for beta testing. The support team collects feedback from the first users, and if any bugs come up during this stage, software developers fix them. After that, a new, improved version is rolled out. The deployment stage also includes further software maintenance and its constant strengthening.  Build  your own virtual team  in Ukraine Contact us Software development life cycle may also entail ideation (or initial planning), preceding requirements collection, and maintenance as the final stage. READ ALSO: Most Popular Web Frameworks in 2019Software development process: Models. Software development life cycle models allow you to effectively plan and follow a software development process step-by-step, making it as predictable as possible. Each model comes with its own approach to the software development process. No matter which model you choose, the phases of SDLC will remain the same. Below, we take a look at the two most common methodologies.  Software development life cycle: Agile model. With the Agile approach, software developers can quickly adapt to the market situation, as this model allows them to make changes to the product at any stage of the software development process. This approach perfectly suits projects with varying requirements. What does Agile software development life cycle look like? This method lets you build products using short cycles ("sprints"), where each sprint ends with a working product with a limited number of features. Each sprint includes design, development, testing, and deployment. The benefit of this approach is that product owners can see the results of each short cycle, provide their feedback, and make corrections if needed. At the beginning of the next cycle, software developers revise the previous version of the product and present it for the next round of feedback. As such, the Agile software development life cycle is known as a continuous process.  Key characteristics of Agile:  Limited deliverables, adding new features on the go; Testing is performed throughout the entire software development; Ongoing communication between customers, software developers, project, resulting in improved versions after each sprint;  Quality Assurance is the key process.  Keep reading Web Development Tools Trends and Resources.Software development life cycle: Waterfall. As two utterly different approaches to software development, Agile and Waterfall are suitable for different kinds of projects. The Waterfall model is a good solution for projects with stable and defined requirements, whereas Agile is best suited for projects with varying requirements.Waterfall promotes a rigid approach to software development as compared to Agile's flexible approach. This model doesn't suggest implementing any changes within the software development process. Software developers can only proceed to the next phase after the previous one is finalized. Thus, there will be only one software version, whereas in Agile, each sprint results in a working software version.Build  your own virtual team  in Ukraine Contact us Key characteristics of the Waterfall model include: A rigid sequence of development steps; Transition to the next development phase is possible only after the previous phase is completed; Fixed budget; Customers are not involved in the software development process; Changes can only be implemented after the development process is finalized. Software development is a huge undertaking and requires thorough planning, regardless of the model. Software development should begin with requirements gathering and undergo architecture design, development, testing, and deployment. After that, the SDLC continues with post-launch maintenance, including software updates and support. Waterfall and Agile are the two most common methods applied in software development, although many companies incline towards Agile nowadays, given the ever-evolving needs of the market. 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BodyWhat is SDLC? SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) is a term used in software development to narrate a procedure for planning, designing, creating, testing, and deploying software or application. What is Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)? The Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a well-organized process for building software that guarantees the quality and accuracy of the software created. SDLC process intends to deliver high-quality software that meets client expectations. The system development should be finished in the pre-defined time and cost. Why SDLC? Here are the best reasons why SDLC is vital for developing a software system. It gives a reason for project outlining, scheduling, and budgeting. It gives a framework for a conventional set of projects and deliverables. It is the best way for project tracking and administration. It increases the visibility of project planning to all associated stakeholders thereby helping in the expansion process. It helps boost the development speed. It also improves client relations. It helps you to reduce project risk and project administration plan overhead. SDLC Phases. During the agile software development life cycle, six specific phases dictate where the project is at any particular point in time, and what comes next in terms of evolution. The various SDLC phases are requirement gathering and analysis, design, implementation or coding, testing, deployment, and support. Understanding the Different SDLC Phases. Given there are six different software development life cycle phases, it’s important to understand what each phase entails and why it matters to the overall development of the software in question. The following are the stages of the software development cycle – Planning and requirement analysis: Requirement Gathering is the most important stage in SDLC. Business analyst and project organizer do client meeting to gather all the requirements of the clients like what to build, who will be the end-user, what is the purpose of the product, etc. Before creating a product, a core understanding or knowledge of the product is very necessary.  Defining requirements: Once the requirement analysis is done, the next stage is to surely document the software specifications and get them approved by the project stakeholders. This can be accomplished through the “SRS”- Software Requirement Specification document, which embraces all the product elements to be created and developed during the project life cycle. Designing: In this stage, the requirements gathered in the SRS document is used as information to obtain the software architecture. Moreover, this phase also consists of storyboarding or wireframing software that is needed for functionality. Through this, the developers then create either rough working models, or illustrates how the software will work, how it will look, how usage flows will move from screen to screen, and more. Implementation or Coding: In this stage of SDLC, the exact development begins, and the programming is built. The execution of design begins concerning script code. Developers have to follow the coding guidelines defined by their management, and programming tools like compilers, interpreters, debuggers, etc. are used to generate and implement the code Testing: After the code is generated, it is tested against the specifications to ensure that the products are solving the needs directed and inferred during the requirements stage. During this phase, several testing like unit testing, integration testing, system testing, and approval testing are done. Deployment: Once the software is approved, and no bugs or errors are asserted, then it is deployed. Later, based on the assessment, the software is delivered as it is or with suggested augmentation in the object segment. After the software is deployed, then its sustenance begins. Maintenance: Once the client starts using the developed software, then the real issues start coming up. In this stage, the team is required to fix the issues, roll out new features and refine the functionalities as required. The method where the care is taken for the finished product is thus known as maintenance. The Role of the SDLC Phases. There can be some crossover or blurring of the lines in many of the SDLC phases, but the importance of each phase as a distinct element in the overall life cycle cannot be denied. Without a full analysis of the customer’s needs or the requirements for the software or app, necessary functionality and needed features, design and development cannot proceed. Without accurate design work beforehand, the software cannot be developed. Without skilled developers on the project, the development will be slow or fraught with problems. Without being able to accurately test software or an app, bugs could slip through that would compromise operability and stability. It’s all interconnected. Popular SDLC models. Here are some of the most important models of Software development life cycle:   Waterfall model – The Waterfall is a widely trusted SDLC model. In this linear sequential model, the whole process of software development is divided into various phases. Incremental Approach – The Incremental model is not separate. It is a series of waterfall cycles. The elements are divided into groups at the commencement of the project. For each group, the SDLC model is followed to produce software.  V-Model – This type of SDLC model is used for testing and development. The phase is planned in parallel. So, there are verifying stages on one side and the validation phase on the other side.  Apart from the above mentioned, there are other popular models like the agile model, spiral model, and the big bang model. In short, the software development life cycle describes a methodology for advancing the quality of software and the overall software development method.   About us. Why GoodFirms Research Process Blog Glossary Contact Us Write For Us FAQs Privacy Policy For Business. Why Get Listed? Sponsors Pricing Media Kit GoodBoxes Partner with GoodFirms Magazine Subscription Resources Services. Mobile App Development Software Development Web Development E-commerce Development Blockchain Technology Digital Marketing SEO Services More Services Software. Project Management Software Accounting Software Inventory Management Software POS Software ERP Software CRM Software Marketing Automation Software More Software Research. 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BodyWhat is Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), Phases, SDLC vs STLCByRajkumar Updated onJune 16, 2021In this Software Development Life Cycle tutorial, we are going to discuss the followingIn this post, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). In the earlier post, we have learned what is Software Testing and Software Testing Life Cycle.We’ll start with a Definition of SDLC, SDLC Phases, and the following.What is SDLC?Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) aims to produce a high-quality system that meets or exceeds customer expectations, works effectively and efficiently in the current and planned information technology infrastructure, and is inexpensive to maintain and cost-effective to enhance.Detailed Explanation (What is SDLC). A process followed in software projects is SDLC. Each phase of SDLC produces deliverables required by the next phase in the life cycle. Requirements are translated into design. Code is produced according to the design. Testing should be done on a developed product based on the requirement. The deployment should be done once the testing was completed. It aims to produce a high-quality system that meets or exceeds customer expectations, works effectively and efficiently in the current and planned information technology infrastructure, and is inexpensive to maintain and cost-effective to enhance.What is SDLC Process. SDLC is a process which follows in Software Projects to develop a product in a systematic way and to deliver a high-quality product. By following proper SDLC process, Software companies can react well to the market pressure and release high-quality software. This process involves different stages of SDLC right from the requirement stage to deployment and maintenance phase. These SDLC phases we will see later section of this post.Why SDLC. Some of the reasons why SDLC is important in Software Development are as follows.It provides visibility of a project plan to all the involved stakeholdersIt helps us to avoid project risksIt allows us to track and control the projectIt doesn’t conclude until all the requirements have been achievedDon’t miss: Difference between SDLC & STLC (SDLC Vs STLC)What are the 7 Phases of SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle Phases). Seven Phases of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC Phases) are as following:Phase 1: Requirement PhasePhase 2: Analysis PhasePhase 3: Design PhasePhase 4: Development PhasePhase 5: Testing PhasePhase 6: Maintenance PhasePhase 7: Maintenance PhaseCheck out the below video to watch “Software Development Life Cycle Phases (SDLC Phases)”Please be patient. The video will load in some time.Requirement Phase. Requirement gathering and analysis is the most important phase in the software development lifecycle. Requirement phase is the first step of the SDLC. Business Analyst collects the requirement from the Customer/Client as per the clients business needs and documents the requirements in the Business Requirement Specification (document name varies depends upon the Organization. Some examples are Customer Requirement Specification (CRS), Business Specification (BS), etc., and provides the same to Development Team.Analysis Phase. Once the requirement gathering and analysis is done the next step is to define and document the product requirements and get them approved by the customer. This is done through the SRS (Software Requirement Specification) document. SRS consists of all the product requirements to be designed and developed during the project life cycle. Key people involved in this phase are Project Manager, Business Analyst and Senior members of the Team. The outcome of this phase is the Software Requirement Specification.Design Phase. It has two steps:HLD – High-Level Design – It gives the architecture of the software product to be developed and is done by architects and senior developersLLD – Low-Level Design – It is done by senior developers. It describes how each and every feature in the product should work and how every component should work. Here, only the design will be there and not the codeThe outcome from this phase is High-Level Document and Low-Level Document which works as an input to the next phaseDevelopment Phase. Developers of all levels (seniors, juniors, freshers) involved in this phase. This is the phase where we start building the software and start writing the code for the product. The outcome from this phase is Source Code Document (SCD) and the developed product.Testing Phase. When the software is ready, it is sent to the testing department where Test team tests it thoroughly for different defects. They either test the software manually or using automated testing tools depends on the process defined in STLC (Software Testing Life Cycle) and ensure that each and every component of the software works fine. Once the QA makes sure that the software is error-free, it goes to the next stage, which is Implementation. The outcome of this phase is the Quality Product and the Testing Artifacts.Deployment & Maintenance Phase. After successful testing, the product is delivered/deployed to the customer for their use. Deployment is done by the Deployment/Implementation engineers. Once when the customers start using the developed system then the actual problems will come up and needs to be solved from time to time. Fixing the issues found by the customer comes in the maintenance phase. 100% testing is not possible – because, the way testers test the product is different from the way customers use the product. Maintenance should be done as per SLA (Service Level Agreement)Types of Software Development Life Cycle Models. There are various Software Development Life Cycle models in the industry which are followed during the software development process. These models are also referred to as Software Development Process Models.Each SDLC model might have a different approach but the Software Development Phases and activities remain the same in all the models.Some of the Software Development LifeCycle Models (SDLC Models) followed in the industry are as follows:Waterfall Model. Waterfall Model is a traditional model. It is aka Sequential Design Process, often used in SDLC, in which the progress is seen as flowing downwards like a waterfall, through the different phases such as Requirement Gathering, Feasibility Study/Analysis, Design, Coding, Testing, Installation, and Maintenance. Every next phase is begun only once the goal of the previous phase is completed. This methodology is preferred in projects where quality is more important as compared to schedule or cost. This methodology is best suitable for short term projects where the requirements will not change. (E.g. Calculator, Attendance Management) Learn in detail – Waterfall ModelSpiral. The spiral model works in an iterative nature. It is a combination of both the Prototype development process and the Linear development process (waterfall model). This model places more emphasis on risk analysis. Mostly this model adapts to large and complicated projects where risk is high. Every Iteration starts with planning and ends with the product evaluation by the client. Learn in detail – SpiralV Model. V-model is also known as the Verification and Validation (V&V) model. In this, each phase of SDLC must be completed before the next phase starts. It follows a sequential design process same as the waterfall model. Learn in detail – V ModelPrototype. The Prototype Model is one of the most used Software Development Life Cycle Models (SDLC models). A prototype of the end product is first developed prior to the actual product. Usually, this SDLC model is used when the customers don’t know the project requirements beforehand. By developing the prototype of the end product, it gives the customers an opportunity to see the product early in the life cycle.It starts by getting the inputs (requirements) from the customers and undergoes developing the prototype. By getting the customer’s feedback, requirements are refined. Actual product development starts once the customer approves the prototype. The developed product is released for customer’s feedback. Released product is refined as per the customers. This process goes on until the model is accepted by the customer.Agile SDLC. Agile Scrum Methodology is one of the popular Agile software development methods. There are some other Agile software development methods but the popular one which is using widely is Agile Scrum Methodology. The Agile Scrum Methodology is a combination of both Incremental and Iterative model for managing product development. Learn in detail – AgileThe other related SDLC Methodologies are Rapid Application Development, Rational Unified Model, Hybrid Model, etc.,SDLC Interview Questions. Some of the questions you may face in the Software Testing interview related to the Software Development Life Cycle are as follows. For answers check this Manual Testing Interview Questions post1. What is SDLC?2. What is the difference between SDLC and STLC?3. What are the different types of SDLC models?4. What are the different phases of the Waterfall model?5. What are the drawbacks of the Waterfall model?6. What are LLDs and HLDs in SDLC?7. What is a V-model in SDLC & mention its benefits?8. What is an Agile model & mention its benefits?9. What do you understand by the waterfall model?10. What is the Requirement phase in SDLC?11. What is the Analysis phase?12. What is the Design phase?13. What is the Testing phase?14. What is the Deployment & Maintenance phase?Get this free Software Testing Interview Questions eBookSDLC Infographics. Related Posts:Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC)Bug Life Cycle (Defect Life Cycle)Test MetricsRequirement Traceability Metrics (RTM)Test Artifacts / Test DeliverablesHow To Write Test StrategyHow To Write a Test PlanRajkumarRajkumar SM is a founder of SoftwareTestingMaterial. He is a certified Software Test Engineer by profession and a blogger & a YouTuber by a choice. He has extensive experience in the field of Software Testing. Furthermore, he loves to be with his wife and a cute little kid 'Freedom'.Similar Posts. Monkey Testing Guide | What You Should Know. Manual Testing Tutorial – Complete Guide | Software Testing Tutorial. What are Quality Attributes in Software Architecture. 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TitleUnderstanding the Software Development Life Cycle - CodeIT
Urlhttps://codeit.us/blog/software-development-life-cycle
DescriptionWhen it comes down to streamlined development, clearly defined process and consistent methodology are two prime factors involved in getting from one point to another. Even if you are just starting in the world of development, you must first understand Software Development Life Cycle – SDLC
DateMay 24, 2018
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Understanding Software Development Life Cycle
The Work of Software Development Life Cycle – SDLC
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Advantages of Establishing Software Development Life Cycle
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BodySoftware Development Life Cycle May 24, 2018 Oleksandr Gerasymov Chief Technical Officer content:. Understanding Software Development Life Cycle The Work of Software Development Life Cycle – SDLC Phases of the Software Development Life Cycle Advantages of Establishing Software Development Life Cycle share Understanding Software Development Life Cycle. When it comes down to streamlined development, clearly defined process and consistent methodology are two prime factors involved in getting from one point to another. Even if you are just starting in the world of development, you must first understand Software Development Life Cycle – SDLC.Software Development Life Cycle is the stepwise process of developing a well-designed software. It provides a long-term view of software like a product i.e. from basic planning through maintenance and eventual retirement of the developed application. Many organizations, big and small, strive to instantly and efficiently develop high-quality software following intricate planning, generally known as Software Development Life Cycle steps.There are different models and phases of SDLC that we will be discussing in this post. But first, let us have a look at how SDLC works. The Work of Software Development Life Cycle – SDLC. Software Development Life Cycle works by lowering the software development cost while simultaneously enhancing quality and reducing production time. If you are wondering how this is achieved then SDLC fulfills these divergent goals by simply following a plan that eliminates the typical pitfalls related to software development projects.This intricate plan initiates by evaluating the current system for deficiencies. Then, it defines the new system requirements. Further, it creates the software by going through different stages such as design, development, testing, and deployment. When you anticipate costly mistakes such as failing to ask suggestion from the end user, SDLC can eradicate after-the-fact fixes and redundant rework.As we now know the workings of SDLC, let us have a look at different methodologies used for this purpose.Software Development Models. Here are some of the most frequently used software development methodologies:Waterfall Model:. This is the most straightforward and oldest SDLC model. In this methodology, you first finish one phase and then initiate another. As the name suggests, each of the phases contains its own micro-plan and every phase ‘waterfalls’ into another phase. Indeed, the biggest drawback of applying the waterfall model is that even some small details which are left incomplete can halt the whole process. There is no requirement to consider the past issues that can possibly arise in the next phase.Agile Model:. The Agile model divides the product into various cycles and delivers a functional product quite instantly. This model generates a succession of releases. When each release is tested, it feeds back info that is then incorporated into another version.To speak of the drawback of this model and as Robert Half suggests, during this model, the intensified emphasis on consumer interaction may lead the entire project in a totally wrong direction in a few cases.Iterative Model:. Iterative model, as the name suggests, emphasizes repetition. In this model, software engineers developed a software version instantly and for apparently little cost, then the version is tested and improved through successive and rapid versions. The biggest drawback in this model is that, if it is left unchecked it can instantly eat up resources.After every iteration, the development team can work on risk management while preparing for the next iteration. Since a cycle involves a small portion of the entire software process, it becomes easier to deal with the development process but it takes more resources.V-Shaped Model:. This model is referred to as an extension of waterfall methodology. The SDLC model tests at every development stage. Just like a waterfall, the process of the V-shaped model can easily run into roadblocks. The model utilizes a V-shaped model that usually focuses on validation and verification.The biggest advantage of V-Shaped Model is that you can test the software at every stage and in a reverse manner. This is unlike the waterfall model where if the previous stage is finished, then you cannot go back to fix what’s went wrong.Big Bang Model:. This is a high-risk Software Development Life Cycle model that throws the majority of its resources towards development and is great to use for small projects. However, it lacks the detailed requirements definition stage. It is the simplest model and requires less planning yet lots of funds and programming.Spiral Model:. This is one of the most flexible Software Development Life Cycle models and is similar to the iterative model in terms of emphasis on repetition. This model passes through the planning, build, design and test phases again and again, and with steady improvements at every step. Spiral Model takes into account the risk that often goes unnoticed by various other models.DevOps:. This model is the combination of development and operation functions and enables you to build a framework that is focused on communication and collaboration. Its purpose is to automate processes and bring in an environment that is focused on continuous development. WHY YOU SHOULD INTEGRATE DEVOPS IN YOUR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS? Phases of the Software Development Life Cycle. A strong SDLC strategy offers high-quality software, reduced resources and time, and less vulnerability. It is not just aimed at maintaining and developing software, it also delivers benefits when it’s time to decommission the code. Here are the phases involved in the Software Development Life Cycle. Let’s discuss each of these phases separately in detail. Phase 1 – Plan. Just like any other project planning, the foremost step in the SDLC is to map out the complete planning process. In this phase, the organization identifies the content, release theme and timeline. Typically, this involves activities like gathering end-user requirements, ascertaining user stories and release dates planning. Learn more about BA services provided by CodeITSome of the main points to consider during this phase include: To make sure application fulfills business requirements Engage in threat modeling or secure design The choice of libraries and language to be used in the whole development process Mapping test  cases to functional and business requirements This is the stage to ascertain the new software requirements along with its cost. This phase also details the involved risks and offer sub-plans to soften these risks. Who will use the system? What data will be the input into the system and what data must be the output of the system? These are some of the questions to be answered in this phase. Phase 2 – Code & Build. This phase involves the actual engineering as well as the writing of the application. All of this is done while attempting to meet the requirements established throughout the planning process. Before the writing, the team analyzes if the software can fulfill all user requirements. In other words, this phase is about determining if the project is practical, financially and technologically feasible for an organization to develop. For this, developers use different algorithms to conclude the software project feasibility. Some of the main points to consider during this phase include: Training of developers in terms of secure coding Fixing and finding defects and other security vulnerabilities in software code, while writing it. Secured use of open source components Cutting down unproductive time, developers usually spend while waiting for the test results. In this phase, the code is built and integrated. This is the prime focus of the developers and it is one of the longest phases of the entire Software Development Life Cycle. Phase 3 – Test. This is the phase that can make or break the steps taken in previous phases. In this phase, the QA engineers test the code in terms of requirements to ensure that the product is properly addressing them and performing as expected. In this phase, all types of testing are conducted including UX testing, performance, and functional testing.Some of the main points to consider during this phase include: Application testing for security policy by using different testing methods. Conducting a comprehensive and complete array of the functional unit, performance, and integration testing by using similar protocols and language of systems being tested. Phase 4 – Deployment. In this phase, the software engineers deploy the developed software. This is the release phase, in which software is deployed on production servers. This includes managing, packaging, and deploying various complex releases throughout different environments including clouds and private data centers as well as public cloud resources. Some of the main points to consider during this phase include: Tracking the release progress including its components Going away from manual processes of a release towards an automated process in which releasing software usually relies on a business decision. The inclusion of security testing as one of the aspects of final quality checks. During this deployment phase, the developed software gets tested for adaptability and portability and integration related problems so that they can be fixed instantly and without going further. The complexity of the deployment is usually ascertained by the project size. Phase 5 - Maintenance. In this phase, the developed product is used by the customers. This phase involves the monitoring and maintenance of the application and its performance. It is critical to provide best user experience and to ensure ongoing improvement. To make operational data available to testers and developers, an organization creates feedback loops. The main points to consider during this phase include: Continuous testing and monitoring of applications in the production phase Re-assessment of applications for security, performance and user experience as they are changed or updated. Needless to say, the newly developed software should be evaluated exhaustively for stability and performance. For this, organizations use APM (application performance management) as well as logs and other similar metrics-gathering tools. If any concern is reported, the development team takes that up for remediation in patches or as ongoing software maintenance efforts. The phase confirms the functionality of the software in terms of fewer errors and more efficiency.Looking for a tech partner? We can assist in developing your productAdvantages of Establishing Software Development Life Cycle. In the present time, the increasingly complex environment of software development requires comprehensive and elegant solutions. This means that developers need to juggle with several tools as well as technologies while generating code that would perform the efficient level of digital business.Furthermore, teams need to address a range of issues, including mobile, coding to APIs and cloud environments. There are many tools which lack the flexibility needed for developers and several come with a steeper learning curve.Thus, it is highly essential to fully adopt tools which detect application security vulnerabilities and incorporate metrics and risk data in a more automated fashion. Any organization that strives to adopt an integrated approach to build protection and security into their SDLC, reduces risk, speed development while reducing costs.They continue to develop better and new applications while continuously updating current software without compromising on security. In other words, an organization achieves the best level of protection. Nonetheless, SDLC when done right can enable the highest level of documentation and management control.Developers recognize what they need to build and why. Every involved party can agree to the goal up front and recognize the definite clear plan to arrive at the goal. Everyone knows the resources and costs required.However, there are many pitfalls that may turn a Software Development Life Cycle implementation into a roadblock to develop than a helping tool. Failure to consider the needs of all users, customers and stakeholders may result in an improper and poor understanding of the system requirements at the outset. 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TitleSDLC - Quick Guide
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DescriptionSDLC - Quick Guide, Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a process used by the software industry to design, develop and test high quality softwares. The SDLC aims to produce a
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SDLC Models
Waterfall Model - Design
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Waterfall Model - Advantages
Waterfall Model - Disadvantages
Iterative Model - Design
Iterative Model - Application
Iterative Model - Pros and Cons
Spiral Model - Design
Spiral Model Application
Spiral Model - Pros and Cons
V-Model - Design
V-Model - Verification Phases
Coding Phase
Validation Phases
V- Model ─ Application
V-Model - Pros and Cons
Big Bang Model ─ Design and Application
Big Bang Model - Pros and Cons
What is Agile?
Agile Vs Traditional SDLC Models
Agile Model - Pros and Cons
What is RAD?
RAD Model Design
RAD Model Vs Traditional SDLC
RAD Model - Application
RAD Model - Pros and Cons
What is Software Prototyping?
Software Prototyping - Types
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Software Prototyping - Pros and Cons
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Stage 4: Building or Developing the Product
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H2WithAnchorsWhat is SDLC?
SDLC Models
Waterfall Model - Design
Waterfall Model - Application
Waterfall Model - Advantages
Waterfall Model - Disadvantages
Iterative Model - Design
Iterative Model - Application
Iterative Model - Pros and Cons
Spiral Model - Design
Spiral Model Application
Spiral Model - Pros and Cons
V-Model - Design
V-Model - Verification Phases
Coding Phase
Validation Phases
V- Model ─ Application
V-Model - Pros and Cons
Big Bang Model ─ Design and Application
Big Bang Model - Pros and Cons
What is Agile?
Agile Vs Traditional SDLC Models
Agile Model - Pros and Cons
What is RAD?
RAD Model Design
RAD Model Vs Traditional SDLC
RAD Model - Application
RAD Model - Pros and Cons
What is Software Prototyping?
Software Prototyping - Types
Software Prototyping - Application
Software Prototyping - Pros and Cons
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BodySDLC - Quick Guide Advertisements Previous Page Next Page   SDLC - Overview Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a process used by the software industry to design, develop and test high quality softwares. The SDLC aims to produce a high-quality software that meets or exceeds customer expectations, reaches completion within times and cost estimates. SDLC is the acronym of Software Development Life Cycle. It is also called as Software Development Process. SDLC is a framework defining tasks performed at each step in the software development process. ISO/IEC 12207 is an international standard for software life-cycle processes. It aims to be the standard that defines all the tasks required for developing and maintaining software. What is SDLC? SDLC is a process followed for a software project, within a software organization. It consists of a detailed plan describing how to develop, maintain, replace and alter or enhance specific software. The life cycle defines a methodology for improving the quality of software and the overall development process. The following figure is a graphical representation of the various stages of a typical SDLC. A typical Software Development Life Cycle consists of the following stages − Stage 1: Planning and Requirement Analysis. Requirement analysis is the most important and fundamental stage in SDLC. It is performed by the senior members of the team with inputs from the customer, the sales department, market surveys and domain experts in the industry. This information is then used to plan the basic project approach and to conduct product feasibility study in the economical, operational and technical areas. Planning for the quality assurance requirements and identification of the risks associated with the project is also done in the planning stage. The outcome of the technical feasibility study is to define the various technical approaches that can be followed to implement the project successfully with minimum risks. Stage 2: Defining Requirements. Once the requirement analysis is done the next step is to clearly define and document the product requirements and get them approved from the customer or the market analysts. This is done through an SRS (Software Requirement Specification) document which consists of all the product requirements to be designed and developed during the project life cycle. Stage 3: Designing the Product Architecture. SRS is the reference for product architects to come out with the best architecture for the product to be developed. Based on the requirements specified in SRS, usually more than one design approach for the product architecture is proposed and documented in a DDS - Design Document Specification. This DDS is reviewed by all the important stakeholders and based on various parameters as risk assessment, product robustness, design modularity, budget and time constraints, the best design approach is selected for the product. A design approach clearly defines all the architectural modules of the product along with its communication and data flow representation with the external and third party modules (if any). The internal design of all the modules of the proposed architecture should be clearly defined with the minutest of the details in DDS. Stage 4: Building or Developing the Product. In this stage of SDLC the actual development starts and the product is built. The programming code is generated as per DDS during this stage. If the design is performed in a detailed and organized manner, code generation can be accomplished without much hassle. Developers must follow the coding guidelines defined by their organization and programming tools like compilers, interpreters, debuggers, etc. are used to generate the code. Different high level programming languages such as C, C++, Pascal, Java and PHP are used for coding. The programming language is chosen with respect to the type of software being developed. Stage 5: Testing the Product. This stage is usually a subset of all the stages as in the modern SDLC models, the testing activities are mostly involved in all the stages of SDLC. However, this stage refers to the testing only stage of the product where product defects are reported, tracked, fixed and retested, until the product reaches the quality standards defined in the SRS. Stage 6: Deployment in the Market and Maintenance. Once the product is tested and ready to be deployed it is released formally in the appropriate market. Sometimes product deployment happens in stages as per the business strategy of that organization. The product may first be released in a limited segment and tested in the real business environment (UAT- User acceptance testing). Then based on the feedback, the product may be released as it is or with suggested enhancements in the targeting market segment. After the product is released in the market, its maintenance is done for the existing customer base. SDLC Models. There are various software development life cycle models defined and designed which are followed during the software development process. These models are also referred as Software Development Process Models". Each process model follows a Series of steps unique to its type to ensure success in the process of software development. Following are the most important and popular SDLC models followed in the industry − Waterfall Model Iterative Model Spiral Model V-Model Big Bang Model Other related methodologies are Agile Model, RAD Model, Rapid Application Development and Prototyping Models. SDLC - Waterfall Model The Waterfall Model was the first Process Model to be introduced. It is also referred to as a linear-sequential life cycle model. It is very simple to understand and use. In a waterfall model, each phase must be completed before the next phase can begin and there is no overlapping in the phases. The Waterfall model is the earliest SDLC approach that was used for software development. The waterfall Model illustrates the software development process in a linear sequential flow. This means that any phase in the development process begins only if the previous phase is complete. In this waterfall model, the phases do not overlap. Waterfall Model - Design. Waterfall approach was first SDLC Model to be used widely in Software Engineering to ensure success of the project. In "The Waterfall" approach, the whole process of software development is divided into separate phases. In this Waterfall model, typically, the outcome of one phase acts as the input for the next phase sequentially. The following illustration is a representation of the different phases of the Waterfall Model. The sequential phases in Waterfall model are − Requirement Gathering and analysis − All possible requirements of the system to be developed are captured in this phase and documented in a requirement specification document. System Design − The requirement specifications from first phase are studied in this phase and the system design is prepared. This system design helps in specifying hardware and system requirements and helps in defining the overall system architecture. Implementation − With inputs from the system design, the system is first developed in small programs called units, which are integrated in the next phase. Each unit is developed and tested for its functionality, which is referred to as Unit Testing. Integration and Testing − All the units developed in the implementation phase are integrated into a system after testing of each unit. Post integration the entire system is tested for any faults and failures. Deployment of system − Once the functional and non-functional testing is done; the product is deployed in the customer environment or released into the market. Maintenance − There are some issues which come up in the client environment. To fix those issues, patches are released. Also to enhance the product some better versions are released. Maintenance is done to deliver these changes in the customer environment. All these phases are cascaded to each other in which progress is seen as flowing steadily downwards (like a waterfall) through the phases. The next phase is started only after the defined set of goals are achieved for previous phase and it is signed off, so the name "Waterfall Model". In this model, phases do not overlap. Waterfall Model - Application. Every software developed is different and requires a suitable SDLC approach to be followed based on the internal and external factors. Some situations where the use of Waterfall model is most appropriate are − Requirements are very well documented, clear and fixed. Product definition is stable. Technology is understood and is not dynamic. There are no ambiguous requirements. Ample resources with required expertise are available to support the product. The project is short. Waterfall Model - Advantages. The advantages of waterfall development are that it allows for departmentalization and control. A schedule can be set with deadlines for each stage of development and a product can proceed through the development process model phases one by one. Development moves from concept, through design, implementation, testing, installation, troubleshooting, and ends up at operation and maintenance. Each phase of development proceeds in strict order. Some of the major advantages of the Waterfall Model are as follows − Simple and easy to understand and use Easy to manage due to the rigidity of the model. Each phase has specific deliverables and a review process. Phases are processed and completed one at a time. Works well for smaller projects where requirements are very well understood. Clearly defined stages. Well understood milestones. Easy to arrange tasks. Process and results are well documented. Waterfall Model - Disadvantages. The disadvantage of waterfall development is that it does not allow much reflection or revision. Once an application is in the testing stage, it is very difficult to go back and change something that was not well-documented or thought upon in the concept stage. The major disadvantages of the Waterfall Model are as follows − No working software is produced until late during the life cycle. High amounts of risk and uncertainty. Not a good model for complex and object-oriented projects. Poor model for long and ongoing projects. Not suitable for the projects where requirements are at a moderate to high risk of changing. So, risk and uncertainty is high with this process model. It is difficult to measure progress within stages. Cannot accommodate changing requirements. Adjusting scope during the life cycle can end a project. Integration is done as a "big-bang. at the very end, which doesn't allow identifying any technological or business bottleneck or challenges early. SDLC - Iterative Model In the Iterative model, iterative process starts with a simple implementation of a small set of the software requirements and iteratively enhances the evolving versions until the complete system is implemented and ready to be deployed. An iterative life cycle model does not attempt to start with a full specification of requirements. Instead, development begins by specifying and implementing just part of the software, which is then reviewed to identify further requirements. This process is then repeated, producing a new version of the software at the end of each iteration of the model. Iterative Model - Design. Iterative process starts with a simple implementation of a subset of the software requirements and iteratively enhances the evolving versions until the full system is implemented. At each iteration, design modifications are made and new functional capabilities are added. The basic idea behind this method is to develop a system through repeated cycles (iterative) and in smaller portions at a time (incremental). The following illustration is a representation of the Iterative and Incremental model − Iterative and Incremental development is a combination of both iterative design or iterative method and incremental build model for development. "During software development, more than one iteration of the software development cycle may be in progress at the same time." This process may be described as an "evolutionary acquisition" or "incremental build" approach." In this incremental model, the whole requirement is divided into various builds. During each iteration, the development module goes through the requirements, design, implementation and testing phases. Each subsequent release of the module adds function to the previous release. The process continues till the complete system is ready as per the requirement. The key to a successful use of an iterative software development lifecycle is rigorous validation of requirements, and verification & testing of each version of the software against those requirements within each cycle of the model. As the software evolves through successive cycles, tests must be repeated and extended to verify each version of the software. Iterative Model - Application. Like other SDLC models, Iterative and incremental development has some specific applications in the software industry. This model is most often used in the following scenarios − Requirements of the complete system are clearly defined and understood. Major requirements must be defined; however, some functionalities or requested enhancements may evolve with time. There is a time to the market constraint. A new technology is being used and is being learnt by the development team while working on the project. Resources with needed skill sets are not available and are planned to be used on contract basis for specific iterations. There are some high-risk features and goals which may change in the future. Iterative Model - Pros and Cons. The advantage of this model is that there is a working model of the system at a very early stage of development, which makes it easier to find functional or design flaws. Finding issues at an early stage of development enables to take corrective measures in a limited budget. The disadvantage with this SDLC model is that it is applicable only to large and bulky software development projects. This is because it is hard to break a small software system into further small serviceable increments/modules. The advantages of the Iterative and Incremental SDLC Model are as follows − Some working functionality can be developed quickly and early in the life cycle. Results are obtained early and periodically. Parallel development can be planned. Progress can be measured. Less costly to change the scope/requirements. Testing and debugging during smaller iteration is easy. Risks are identified and resolved during iteration; and each iteration is an easily managed milestone. Easier to manage risk - High risk part is done first. With every increment, operational product is delivered. Issues, challenges and risks identified from each increment can be utilized/applied to the next increment. Risk analysis is better. It supports changing requirements. Initial Operating time is less. Better suited for large and mission-critical projects. During the life cycle, software is produced early which facilitates customer evaluation and feedback. The disadvantages of the Iterative and Incremental SDLC Model are as follows − More resources may be required. Although cost of change is lesser, but it is not very suitable for changing requirements. More management attention is required. System architecture or design issues may arise because not all requirements are gathered in the beginning of the entire life cycle. Defining increments may require definition of the complete system. Not suitable for smaller projects. Management complexity is more. End of project may not be known which is a risk. Highly skilled resources are required for risk analysis. Projects progress is highly dependent upon the risk analysis phase. SDLC - Spiral Model The spiral model combines the idea of iterative development with the systematic, controlled aspects of the waterfall model. This Spiral model is a combination of iterative development process model and sequential linear development model i.e. the waterfall model with a very high emphasis on risk analysis. It allows incremental releases of the product or incremental refinement through each iteration around the spiral. Spiral Model - Design. The spiral model has four phases. A software project repeatedly passes through these phases in iterations called Spirals. Identification. This phase starts with gathering the business requirements in the baseline spiral. In the subsequent spirals as the product matures, identification of system requirements, subsystem requirements and unit requirements are all done in this phase. This phase also includes understanding the system requirements by continuous communication between the customer and the system analyst. At the end of the spiral, the product is deployed in the identified market. Design. The Design phase starts with the conceptual design in the baseline spiral and involves architectural design, logical design of modules, physical product design and the final design in the subsequent spirals. Construct or Build. The Construct phase refers to production of the actual software product at every spiral. In the baseline spiral, when the product is just thought of and the design is being developed a POC (Proof of Concept) is developed in this phase to get customer feedback. Then in the subsequent spirals with higher clarity on requirements and design details a working model of the software called build is produced with a version number. These builds are sent to the customer for feedback. Evaluation and Risk Analysis. Risk Analysis includes identifying, estimating and monitoring the technical feasibility and management risks, such as schedule slippage and cost overrun. After testing the build, at the end of first iteration, the customer evaluates the software and provides feedback. The following illustration is a representation of the Spiral Model, listing the activities in each phase. Based on the customer evaluation, the software development process enters the next iteration and subsequently follows the linear approach to implement the feedback suggested by the customer. The process of iterations along the spiral continues throughout the life of the software. Spiral Model Application. The Spiral Model is widely used in the software industry as it is in sync with the natural development process of any product, i.e. learning with maturity which involves minimum risk for the customer as well as the development firms. The following pointers explain the typical uses of a Spiral Model − When there is a budget constraint and risk evaluation is important. For medium to high-risk projects. Long-term project commitment because of potential changes to economic priorities as the requirements change with time. Customer is not sure of their requirements which is usually the case. Requirements are complex and need evaluation to get clarity. New product line which should be released in phases to get enough customer feedback. Significant changes are expected in the product during the development cycle. Spiral Model - Pros and Cons. The advantage of spiral lifecycle model is that it allows elements of the product to be added in, when they become available or known. This assures that there is no conflict with previous requirements and design. This method is consistent with approaches that have multiple software builds and releases which allows making an orderly transition to a maintenance activity. Another positive aspect of this method is that the spiral model forces an early user involvement in the system development effort. On the other side, it takes a very strict management to complete such products and there is a risk of running the spiral in an indefinite loop. So, the discipline of change and the extent of taking change requests is very important to develop and deploy the product successfully. The advantages of the Spiral SDLC Model are as follows − Changing requirements can be accommodated. Allows extensive use of prototypes. Requirements can be captured more accurately. Users see the system early. Development can be divided into smaller parts and the risky parts can be developed earlier which helps in better risk management. The disadvantages of the Spiral SDLC Model are as follows − Management is more complex. End of the project may not be known early. Not suitable for small or low risk projects and could be expensive for small projects. Process is complex Spiral may go on indefinitely. Large number of intermediate stages requires excessive documentation. SDLC - V-Model The V-model is an SDLC model where execution of processes happens in a sequential manner in a V-shape. It is also known as Verification and Validation model. The V-Model is an extension of the waterfall model and is based on the association of a testing phase for each corresponding development stage. This means that for every single phase in the development cycle, there is a directly associated testing phase. This is a highly-disciplined model and the next phase starts only after completion of the previous phase. V-Model - Design. Under the V-Model, the corresponding testing phase of the development phase is planned in parallel. So, there are Verification phases on one side of the ‘V’ and Validation phases on the other side. The Coding Phase joins the two sides of the V-Model. The following illustration depicts the different phases in a V-Model of the SDLC. V-Model - Verification Phases. There are several Verification phases in the V-Model, each of these are explained in detail below. Business Requirement Analysis. This is the first phase in the development cycle where the product requirements are understood from the customer’s perspective. This phase involves detailed communication with the customer to understand his expectations and exact requirement. This is a very important activity and needs to be managed well, as most of the customers are not sure about what exactly they need. The acceptance test design planning is done at this stage as business requirements can be used as an input for acceptance testing. System Design. Once you have the clear and detailed product requirements, it is time to design the complete system. The system design will have the understanding and detailing the complete hardware and communication setup for the product under development. The system test plan is developed based on the system design. Doing this at an earlier stage leaves more time for the actual test execution later. Architectural Design. Architectural specifications are understood and designed in this phase. Usually more than one technical approach is proposed and based on the technical and financial feasibility the final decision is taken. The system design is broken down further into modules taking up different functionality. This is also referred to as High Level Design (HLD). The data transfer and communication between the internal modules and with the outside world (other systems) is clearly understood and defined in this stage. With this information, integration tests can be designed and documented during this stage. Module Design. In this phase, the detailed internal design for all the system modules is specified, referred to as Low Level Design (LLD). It is important that the design is compatible with the other modules in the system architecture and the other external systems. The unit tests are an essential part of any development process and helps eliminate the maximum faults and errors at a very early stage. These unit tests can be designed at this stage based on the internal module designs. Coding Phase. The actual coding of the system modules designed in the design phase is taken up in the Coding phase. The best suitable programming language is decided based on the system and architectural requirements. The coding is performed based on the coding guidelines and standards. The code goes through numerous code reviews and is optimized for best performance before the final build is checked into the repository. Validation Phases. The different Validation Phases in a V-Model are explained in detail below. Unit Testing. Unit tests designed in the module design phase are executed on the code during this validation phase. Unit testing is the testing at code level and helps eliminate bugs at an early stage, though all defects cannot be uncovered by unit testing. Integration Testing. Integration testing is associated with the architectural design phase. Integration tests are performed to test the coexistence and communication of the internal modules within the system. System Testing. System testing is directly associated with the system design phase. System tests check the entire system functionality and the communication of the system under development with external systems. Most of the software and hardware compatibility issues can be uncovered during this system test execution. Acceptance Testing. Acceptance testing is associated with the business requirement analysis phase and involves testing the product in user environment. Acceptance tests uncover the compatibility issues with the other systems available in the user environment. It also discovers the non-functional issues such as load and performance defects in the actual user environment. V- Model ─ Application. V- Model application is almost the same as the waterfall model, as both the models are of sequential type. Requirements have to be very clear before the project starts, because it is usually expensive to go back and make changes. This model is used in the medical development field, as it is strictly a disciplined domain. The following pointers are some of the most suitable scenarios to use the V-Model application. Requirements are well defined, clearly documented and fixed. Product definition is stable. Technology is not dynamic and is well understood by the project team. There are no ambiguous or undefined requirements. The project is short. V-Model - Pros and Cons. The advantage of the V-Model method is that it is very easy to understand and apply. The simplicity of this model also makes it easier to manage. The disadvantage is that the model is not flexible to changes and just in case there is a requirement change, which is very common in today’s dynamic world, it becomes very expensive to make the change. The advantages of the V-Model method are as follows − This is a highly-disciplined model and Phases are completed one at a time. Works well for smaller projects where requirements are very well understood. Simple and easy to understand and use. Easy to manage due to the rigidity of the model. Each phase has specific deliverables and a review process. The disadvantages of the V-Model method are as follows − High risk and uncertainty. Not a good model for complex and object-oriented projects. Poor model for long and ongoing projects. Not suitable for the projects where requirements are at a moderate to high risk of changing. Once an application is in the testing stage, it is difficult to go back and change a functionality. No working software is produced until late during the life cycle. SDLC - Big Bang Model The Big Bang model is an SDLC model where we do not follow any specific process. The development just starts with the required money and efforts as the input, and the output is the software developed which may or may not be as per customer requirement. This Big Bang Model does not follow a process/procedure and there is a very little planning required. Even the customer is not sure about what exactly he wants and the requirements are implemented on the fly without much analysis. Usually this model is followed for small projects where the development teams are very small. Big Bang Model ─ Design and Application. The Big Bang Model comprises of focusing all the possible resources in the software development and coding, with very little or no planning. The requirements are understood and implemented as they come. Any changes required may or may not need to revamp the complete software. This model is ideal for small projects with one or two developers working together and is also useful for academic or practice projects. It is an ideal model for the product where requirements are not well understood and the final release date is not given. Big Bang Model - Pros and Cons. The advantage of this Big Bang Model is that it is very simple and requires very little or no planning. Easy to manage and no formal procedure are required. However, the Big Bang Model is a very high risk model and changes in the requirements or misunderstood requirements may even lead to complete reversal or scraping of the project. It is ideal for repetitive or small projects with minimum risks. The advantages of the Big Bang Model are as follows − This is a very simple model Little or no planning required Easy to manage Very few resources required Gives flexibility to developers It is a good learning aid for new comers or students. The disadvantages of the Big Bang Model are as follows − Very High risk and uncertainty. Not a good model for complex and object-oriented projects. Poor model for long and ongoing projects. Can turn out to be very expensive if requirements are misunderstood. SDLC - Agile Model Agile SDLC model is a combination of iterative and incremental process models with focus on process adaptability and customer satisfaction by rapid delivery of working software product. Agile Methods break the product into small incremental builds. These builds are provided in iterations. Each iteration typically lasts from about one to three weeks. Every iteration involves cross functional teams working simultaneously on various areas like − Planning Requirements Analysis Design Coding Unit Testing and Acceptance Testing. At the end of the iteration, a working product is displayed to the customer and important stakeholders. What is Agile? Agile model believes that every project needs to be handled differently and the existing methods need to be tailored to best suit the project requirements. In Agile, the tasks are divided to time boxes (small time frames) to deliver specific features for a release. Iterative approach is taken and working software build is delivered after each iteration. Each build is incremental in terms of features; the final build holds all the features required by the customer. Here is a graphical illustration of the Agile Model − The Agile thought process had started early in the software development and started becoming popular with time due to its flexibility and adaptability. The most popular Agile methods include Rational Unified Process (1994), Scrum (1995), Crystal Clear, Extreme Programming (1996), Adaptive Software Development, Feature Driven Development, and Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) (1995). These are now collectively referred to as Agile Methodologies, after the Agile Manifesto was published in 2001. Following are the Agile Manifesto principles − Individuals and interactions − In Agile development, self-organization and motivation are important, as are interactions like co-location and pair programming. Working software − Demo working software is considered the best means of communication with the customers to understand their requirements, instead of just depending on documentation. Customer collaboration − As the requirements cannot be gathered completely in the beginning of the project due to various factors, continuous customer interaction is very important to get proper product requirements. Responding to change − Agile Development is focused on quick responses to change and continuous development. Agile Vs Traditional SDLC Models. Agile is based on the adaptive software development methods, whereas the traditional SDLC models like the waterfall model is based on a predictive approach. Predictive teams in the traditional SDLC models usually work with detailed planning and have a complete forecast of the exact tasks and features to be delivered in the next few months or during the product life cycle. Predictive methods entirely depend on the requirement analysis and planning done in the beginning of cycle. Any changes to be incorporated go through a strict change control management and prioritization. Agile uses an adaptive approach where there is no detailed planning and there is clarity on future tasks only in respect of what features need to be developed. There is feature driven development and the team adapts to the changing product requirements dynamically. The product is tested very frequently, through the release iterations, minimizing the risk of any major failures in future. Customer Interaction is the backbone of this Agile methodology, and open communication with minimum documentation are the typical features of Agile development environment. The agile teams work in close collaboration with each other and are most often located in the same geographical location. Agile Model - Pros and Cons. Agile methods are being widely accepted in the software world recently. However, this method may not always be suitable for all products. Here are some pros and cons of the Agile model. The advantages of the Agile Model are as follows − Is a very realistic approach to software development. Promotes teamwork and cross training. Functionality can be developed rapidly and demonstrated. Resource requirements are minimum. Suitable for fixed or changing requirements Delivers early partial working solutions. Good model for environments that change steadily. Minimal rules, documentation easily employed. Enables concurrent development and delivery within an overall planned context. Little or no planning required. Easy to manage. Gives flexibility to developers. The disadvantages of the Agile Model are as follows − Not suitable for handling complex dependencies. More risk of sustainability, maintainability and extensibility. An overall plan, an agile leader and agile PM practice is a must without which it will not work. Strict delivery management dictates the scope, functionality to be delivered, and adjustments to meet the deadlines. Depends heavily on customer interaction, so if customer is not clear, team can be driven in the wrong direction. There is a very high individual dependency, since there is minimum documentation generated. Transfer of technology to new team members may be quite challenging due to lack of documentation. SDLC - RAD Model The RAD (Rapid Application Development) model is based on prototyping and iterative development with no specific planning involved. The process of writing the software itself involves the planning required for developing the product. Rapid Application Development focuses on gathering customer requirements through workshops or focus groups, early testing of the prototypes by the customer using iterative concept, reuse of the existing prototypes (components), continuous integration and rapid delivery. What is RAD? Rapid application development is a software development methodology that uses minimal planning in favor of rapid prototyping. A prototype is a working model that is functionally equivalent to a component of the product. In the RAD model, the functional modules are developed in parallel as prototypes and are integrated to make the complete product for faster product delivery. Since there is no detailed preplanning, it makes it easier to incorporate the changes within the development process. RAD projects follow iterative and incremental model and have small teams comprising of developers, domain experts, customer representatives and other IT resources working progressively on their component or prototype. The most important aspect for this model to be successful is to make sure that the prototypes developed are reusable. RAD Model Design. RAD model distributes the analysis, design, build and test phases into a series of short, iterative development cycles. Following are the various phases of the RAD Model − Business Modelling. The business model for the product under development is designed in terms of flow of information and the distribution of information between various business channels. A complete business analysis is performed to find the vital information for business, how it can be obtained, how and when is the information processed and what are the factors driving successful flow of information. Data Modelling. The information gathered in the Business Modelling phase is reviewed and analyzed to form sets of data objects vital for the business. The attributes of all data sets is identified and defined. The relation between these data objects are established and defined in detail in relevance to the business model. Process Modelling. The data object sets defined in the Data Modelling phase are converted to establish the business information flow needed to achieve specific business objectives as per the business model. The process model for any changes or enhancements to the data object sets is defined in this phase. Process descriptions for adding, deleting, retrieving or modifying a data object are given. Application Generation. The actual system is built and coding is done by using automation tools to convert process and data models into actual prototypes. Testing and Turnover. The overall testing time is reduced in the RAD model as the prototypes are independently tested during every iteration. However, the data flow and the interfaces between all the components need to be thoroughly tested with complete test coverage. Since most of the programming components have already been tested, it reduces the risk of any major issues. The following illustration describes the RAD Model in detail. RAD Model Vs Traditional SDLC. The traditional SDLC follows a rigid process models with high emphasis on requirement analysis and gathering before the coding starts. It puts pressure on the customer to sign off the requirements before the project starts and the customer doesn’t get the feel of the product as there is no working build available for a long time. The customer may need some changes after he gets to see the software. However, the change process is quite rigid and it may not be feasible to incorporate major changes in the product in the traditional SDLC. The RAD model focuses on iterative and incremental delivery of working models to the customer. This results in rapid delivery to the customer and customer involvement during the complete development cycle of product reducing the risk of non-conformance with the actual user requirements. RAD Model - Application. RAD model can be applied successfully to the projects in which clear modularization is possible. If the project cannot be broken into modules, RAD may fail. The following pointers describe the typical scenarios where RAD can be used − RAD should be used only when a system can be modularized to be delivered in an incremental manner. It should be used if there is a high availability of designers for Modelling. It should be used only if the budget permits use of automated code generating tools. RAD SDLC model should be chosen only if domain experts are available with relevant business knowledge. Should be used where the requirements change during the project and working prototypes are to be presented to customer in small iterations of 2-3 months. RAD Model - Pros and Cons. RAD model enables rapid delivery as it reduces the overall development time due to the reusability of the components and parallel development. RAD works well only if high skilled engineers are available and the customer is also committed to achieve the targeted prototype in the given time frame. If there is commitment lacking on either side the model may fail. The advantages of the RAD Model are as follows − Changing requirements can be accommodated. Progress can be measured. Iteration time can be short with use of powerful RAD tools. Productivity with fewer people in a short time. Reduced development time. Increases reusability of components. Quick initial reviews occur. Encourages customer feedback. Integration from very beginning solves a lot of integration issues. The disadvantages of the RAD Model are as follows − Dependency on technically strong team members for identifying business requirements. Only system that can be modularized can be built using RAD. Requires highly skilled developers/designers. High dependency on Modelling skills. Inapplicable to cheaper projects as cost of Modelling and automated code generation is very high. Management complexity is more. Suitable for systems that are component based and scalable. Requires user involvement throughout the life cycle. Suitable for project requiring shorter development times. SDLC - Software Prototype Model The Software Prototyping refers to building software application prototypes which displays the functionality of the product under development, but may not actually hold the exact logic of the original software. Software prototyping is becoming very popular as a software development model, as it enables to understand customer requirements at an early stage of development. It helps get valuable feedback from the customer and helps software designers and developers understand about what exactly is expected from the product under development. What is Software Prototyping? Prototype is a working model of software with some limited functionality. The prototype does not always hold the exact logic used in the actual software application and is an extra effort to be considered under effort estimation. Prototyping is used to allow the users evaluate developer proposals and try them out before implementation. It also helps understand the requirements which are user specific and may not have been considered by the developer during product design. Following is a stepwise approach explained to design a software prototype. Basic Requirement Identification. This step involves understanding the very basics product requirements especially in terms of user interface. The more intricate details of the internal design and external aspects like performance and security can be ignored at this stage. Developing the initial Prototype. The initial Prototype is developed in this stage, where the very basic requirements are showcased and user interfaces are provided. These features may not exactly work in the same manner internally in the actual software developed. While, the workarounds are used to give the same look and feel to the customer in the prototype developed. Review of the Prototype. The prototype developed is then presented to the customer and the other important stakeholders in the project. The feedback is collected in an organized manner and used for further enhancements in the product under development. Revise and Enhance the Prototype. The feedback and the review comments are discussed during this stage and some negotiations happen with the customer based on factors like – time and budget constraints and technical feasibility of the actual implementation. The changes accepted are again incorporated in the new Prototype developed and the cycle repeats until the customer expectations are met. Prototypes can have horizontal or vertical dimensions. A Horizontal prototype displays the user interface for the product and gives a broader view of the entire system, without concentrating on internal functions. A Vertical prototype on the other side is a detailed elaboration of a specific function or a sub system in the product. The purpose of both horizontal and vertical prototype is different. Horizontal prototypes are used to get more information on the user interface level and the business requirements. It can even be presented in the sales demos to get business in the market. Vertical prototypes are technical in nature and are used to get details of the exact functioning of the sub systems. For example, database requirements, interaction and data processing loads in a given sub system. Software Prototyping - Types. There are different types of software prototypes used in the industry. Following are the major software prototyping types used widely − Throwaway/Rapid Prototyping. Throwaway prototyping is also called as rapid or close ended prototyping. This type of prototyping uses very little efforts with minimum requirement analysis to build a prototype. Once the actual requirements are understood, the prototype is discarded and the actual system is developed with a much clear understanding of user requirements. Evolutionary Prototyping. Evolutionary prototyping also called as breadboard prototyping is based on building actual functional prototypes with minimal functionality in the beginning. The prototype developed forms the heart of the future prototypes on top of which the entire system is built. By using evolutionary prototyping, the well-understood requirements are included in the prototype and the requirements are added as and when they are understood. Incremental Prototyping. Incremental prototyping refers to building multiple functional prototypes of the various sub-systems and then integrating all the available prototypes to form a complete system. Extreme Prototyping. Extreme prototyping is used in the web development domain. It consists of three sequential phases. First, a basic prototype with all the existing pages is presented in the HTML format. Then the data processing is simulated using a prototype services layer. Finally, the services are implemented and integrated to the final prototype. This process is called Extreme Prototyping used to draw attention to the second phase of the process, where a fully functional UI is developed with very little regard to the actual services. Software Prototyping - Application. Software Prototyping is most useful in development of systems having high level of user interactions such as online systems. Systems which need users to fill out forms or go through various screens before data is processed can use prototyping very effectively to give the exact look and feel even before the actual software is developed. Software that involves too much of data processing and most of the functionality is internal with very little user interface does not usually benefit from prototyping. Prototype development could be an extra overhead in such projects and may need lot of extra efforts. Software Prototyping - Pros and Cons. Software prototyping is used in typical cases and the decision should be taken very carefully so that the efforts spent in building the prototype add considerable value to the final software developed. The model has its own pros and cons discussed as follows. The advantages of the Prototyping Model are as follows − Increased user involvement in the product even before its implementation. Since a working model of the system is displayed, the users get a better understanding of the system being developed. Reduces time and cost as the defects can be detected much earlier. Quicker user feedback is available leading to better solutions. Missing functionality can be identified easily. Confusing or difficult functions can be identified. The Disadvantages of the Prototyping Model are as follows − Risk of insufficient requirement analysis owing to too much dependency on the prototype. Users may get confused in the prototypes and actual systems. Practically, this methodology may increase the complexity of the system as scope of the system may expand beyond original plans. Developers may try to reuse the existing prototypes to build the actual system, even when it is not technically feasible. The effort invested in building prototypes may be too much if it is not monitored properly. Useful Video Courses. Video AWS Development Tools for DevOps and SDLC. 15 Lectures 1.5 hours Harshit Srivastava More Detail Video DevOps and SDLC on Microsoft AZURE. 15 Lectures 1.5 hours Harshit Srivastava More Detail Video Software Development Processes (SDLC Models). 62 Lectures 5 hours GlobalETraining More Detail Previous Page Print Page Next Page   Advertisements Print  Add Notes  Bookmark this page  Report Error  Suggestions Save Close Dashboard Logout
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TitleSDLC: Seven Phases of the System Development Life Cycle
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BodyThe Seven Phases of the System-Development Life Cycle The system-development life cycle enables users to transform a newly-developed project into an operational one. The System Development Life Cycle, "SDLC" for short, is a multistep, iterative process, structured in a methodical way. This process is used to model or provide a framework for technical and non-technical activities to deliver a quality system which meets or exceeds a business"s expectations or manage decision-making progression. Traditionally, the systems-development life cycle consisted of five stages. That has now increased to seven phases. Increasing the number of steps helped systems analysts to define clearer actions to achieve specific goals. Similar to a project life cycle (PLC), the SDLC uses a systems approach to describe a process. It is often used and followed when there is an IT or IS project under development. The SDLC highlights different stages (phrases or steps) of the development process. The life cycle approach is used so users can see and understand what activities are involved within a given step. It is also used to let them know that at any time, steps can be repeated or a previous step can be reworked when needing to modify or improve the system. Share this infographic on your sitePlease include attribution to https://www.innovativearchitects.com/ with this graphic. Following are the seven phases of the SDLC 1. Planning. This is the first phase in the systems development process. It identifies whether or not there is the need for a new system to achieve a business"s strategic objectives. This is a preliminary plan (or a feasibility study) for a company"s business initiative to acquire the resources to build on an infrastructure to modify or improve a service. The company might be trying to meet or exceed expectations for their employees, customers and stakeholders too. The purpose of this step is to find out the scope of the problem and determine solutions. Resources, costs, time, benefits and other items should be considered at this stage. 2. Systems Analysis and Requirements. The second phase is where businesses will work on the source of their problem or the need for a change. In the event of a problem, possible solutions are submitted and analyzed to identify the best fit for the ultimate goal(s) of the project. This is where teams consider the functional requirements of the project or solution. It is also where system analysis takes place—or analyzing the needs of the end users to ensure the new system can meet their expectations. Systems analysis is vital in determining what a business"s needs are, as well as how they can be met, who will be responsible for individual pieces of the project, and what sort of timeline should be expected. There are several tools businesses can use that are specific to the second phase. They include: CASE (Computer Aided Systems/Software Engineering) Requirements gathering Structured analysis 3. Systems Design. The third phase describes, in detail, the necessary specifications, features and operations that will satisfy the functional requirements of the proposed system which will be in place. This is the step for end users to discuss and determine their specific business information needs for the proposed system. It"s during this phase that they will consider the essential components (hardware and/or software) structure (networking capabilities), processing and procedures for the system to accomplish its objectives. 4. Development. The fourth phase is when the real work begins—in particular, when a programmer, network engineer and/or database developer are brought on to do the major work on the project. This work includes using a flow chart to ensure that the process of the system is properly organized. The development phase marks the end of the initial section of the process. Additionally, this phase signifies the start of production. The development stage is also characterized by instillation and change. Focusing on training can be a huge benefit during this phase. 5. Integration and Testing. The fifth phase involves systems integration and system testing (of programs and procedures)—normally carried out by a Quality Assurance (QA) professional—to determine if the proposed design meets the initial set of business goals. Testing may be repeated, specifically to check for errors, bugs and interoperability. This testing will be performed until the end user finds it acceptable. Another part of this phase is verification and validation, both of which will help ensure the program"s successful completion. 6. Implementation. The sixth phase is when the majority of the code for the program is written. Additionally, this phase involves the actual installation of the newly-developed system. This step puts the project into production by moving the data and components from the old system and placing them in the new system via a direct cutover. While this can be a risky (and complicated) move, the cutover typically happens during off-peak hours, thus minimizing the risk. Both system analysts and end-users should now see the realization of the project that has implemented changes. 7. Operations and Maintenance. The seventh and final phase involves maintenance and regular required updates. This step is when end users can fine-tune the system, if they wish, to boost performance, add new capabilities or meet additional user requirements. Importance of the SDLC. If a business determines a change is needed during any phase of the SDLC, the company might have to proceed through all the above life cycle phases again. The life cycle approach of any project is a time-consuming process. Even though some steps are more difficult than others, none are to be overlooked. An oversight could prevent the entire system from functioning as planned. Systems development specialists at Innovative Architects possess extensive experience in managing these type of projects. If you have a situation at your organization and you think a customized software solution may be what you need, contact us today. Consultants at Innovative Architects will be able to quickly guide you through each of these steps, ensuring you can have your new system online as soon as possible. About Getting Started Clients Client Locations Partnerships Press Releases Community Support Knowledge Center Case Studies White Papers
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TitleWhat Is SDLC? Understand the Software Development Life Cycle – Stackify
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DescriptionSDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) includes a plan for how to develop, alter, and maintain a software system. Learn the stages and get best practices
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BodyWhat Is SDLC? Understand the Software Development Life Cycle Alexandra Altvater April 8, 2020 Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources The Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) refers to a methodology with clearly defined processes for creating high-quality software. in detail, the SDLC methodology focuses on the following phases of software development: Requirement analysisPlanningSoftware design such as architectural designSoftware developmentTestingDeployment This article will explain how SDLC works, dive deeper in each of the phases, and provide you with examples to get a better understanding of each phase. Tip: Find application errors and performance problems instantly with Stackify Retrace Troubleshooting and optimizing your code is easy with integrated errors, logs and code level performance insights. What is the software development life cycle? SDLC or the Software Development Life Cycle is a process that produces software with the highest quality and lowest cost in the shortest time possible. SDLC provides a well-structured flow of phases that help an organization to quickly produce high-quality software which is well-tested and ready for production use. The SDLC involves six phases as explained in the introduction. Popular SDLC models include the waterfall model, spiral model, and Agile model. So, how does the Software Development Life Cycle work? How the SDLC Works. SDLC works by lowering the cost of software development while simultaneously improving quality and shortening production time. SDLC achieves these apparently divergent goals by following a plan that removes the typical pitfalls of software development projects. That plan starts by evaluating existing systems for deficiencies. Next, it defines the requirements of the new system. It then creates the software through the stages of analysis, planning, design, development, testing, and deployment. By anticipating costly mistakes like failing to ask the end-user or client for feedback, SLDC can eliminate redundant rework and after-the-fact fixes. It’s also important to know that there is a strong focus on the testing phase. As the SDLC is a repetitive methodology, you have to ensure code quality at every cycle. Many organizations tend to spend few efforts on testing while a stronger focus on testing can save them a lot of rework, time, and money. Be smart and write the right types of tests. Next, let’s explore the different stages of the Software Development Life Cycle. Stages and Best Practices. Following the best practices and/or stages of SDLC ensures the process works in a smooth, efficient, and productive way. 1. Identify the Current Problems . “What are the current problems?” This stage of the SDLC means getting input from all stakeholders, including customers, salespeople, industry experts, and programmers. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of the current system with improvement as the goal. 2. Plan. “What do we want?” In this stage of the SDLC, the team determines the cost and resources required for implementing the analyzed requirements. It also details the risks involved and provides sub-plans for softening those risks. In other words, the team should determine the feasibility of the project and how they can implement the project successfully with the lowest risk in mind. 3. Design. “How will we get what we want?” This phase of the SDLC starts by turning the software specifications into a design plan called the Design Specification. All stakeholders then review this plan and offer feedback and suggestions. It’s crucial to have a plan for collecting and incorporating stakeholder input into this document. Failure at this stage will almost certainly result in cost overruns at best and the total collapse of the project at worst. 4. Build. “Let’s create what we want.” At this stage, the actual development starts. It’s important that every developer sticks to the agreed blueprint. Also, make sure you have proper guidelines in place about the code style and practices. For example, define a nomenclature for files or define a variable naming style such as camelCase. This will help your team to produce organized and consistent code that is easier to understand but also to test during the next phase. 5. Code Test. “Did we get what we want?” In this stage, we test for defects and deficiencies. We fix those issues until the product meets the original specifications. In short, we want to verify if the code meets the defined requirements. Try Stackify’s free code profiler, Prefix, to write better code on your workstation. Prefix works with .NET, Java, PHP, Node.js, Ruby, and Python. 6. Software Deployment. “Let’s start using what we got.” At this stage, the goal is to deploy the software to the production environment so users can start using the product. However, many organizations choose to move the product through different deployment environments such as a testing or staging environment. This allows any stakeholders to safely play with the product before releasing it to the market. Besides, this allows any final mistakes to be caught before releasing the product. Extra: Software Maintenance. “Let’s get this closer to what we want.” The plan almost never turns out perfect when it meets reality. Further, as conditions in the real world change, we need to update and advance the software to match. The DevOps movement has changed the SDLC in some ways. Developers are now responsible for more and more steps of the entire development process. We also see the value of shifting left. When development and Ops teams use the same toolset to track performance and pin down defects from inception to the retirement of an application, this provides a common language and faster handoffs between teams. Application performance monitoring (APM) tools can be used in a development, QA, and production environment. This keeps everyone using the same toolset across the entire development lifecycle. Read More: 3 Reasons Why APM Usage is Shifting Left to Development & QA Examples. The most common SDLC examples or SDLC models are listed below. Waterfall Model. This SDLC model is the oldest and most straightforward. With this methodology, we finish one phase and then start the next. Each phase has its own mini-plan and each phase “waterfalls” into the next. The biggest drawback of this model is that small details left incomplete can hold up the entire process. Agile Model. The Agile SDLC model separates the product into cycles and delivers a working product very quickly. This methodology produces a succession of releases. Testing of each release feeds back info that’s incorporated into the next version. According to Robert Half, the drawback of this model is that the heavy emphasis on customer interaction can lead the project in the wrong direction in some cases. Iterative Model. This SDLC model emphasizes repetition. Developers create a version very quickly and for relatively little cost, then test and improve it through rapid and successive versions. One big disadvantage here is that it can eat up resources fast if left unchecked. V-Shaped Model. An extension of the waterfall model, this SDLC methodology tests at each stage of development. As with waterfall, this process can run into roadblocks. Big Bang Model. This high-risk SDLC model throws most of its resources at development and works best for small projects. It lacks the thorough requirements definition stage of the other methods. Spiral Model. The most flexible of the SDLC models, the spiral model is similar to the iterative model in its emphasis on repetition. The spiral model goes through the planning, design, build and test phases over and over, with gradual improvements at each pass. Benefits of the SDLC. SDLC done right can allow the highest level of management control and documentation. Developers understand what they should build and why. All parties agree on the goal upfront and see a clear plan for arriving at that goal. Everyone understands the costs and resources required. Several pitfalls can turn an SDLC implementation into more of a roadblock to development than a tool that helps us. Failure to take into account the needs of customers and all users and stakeholders can result in a poor understanding of the system requirements at the outset. The benefits of SDLC only exist if the plan is followed faithfully. Want to improve application quality and monitor application performance at every stage of the SDLC? Try out Stackify’s Retrace tool for free and experience how it can help your organization at producing higher-quality software. About the Author Latest PostsAbout Alexandra Altvater. Top .NET Developer Skills According to Tech Leaders and Experts - October 20, 2021What to Do About Java Memory Leaks: Tools, Fixes, and More - September 3, 2021What is Load Testing? How It Works, Tools, Tutorials, and More - February 5, 2021Americaneagle.com and ROC Commerce stay ahead with Retrace - September 25, 2020Stackify’s New Pricing: Everything you need to know - September 9, 2020 Get In Touch. 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BodySystems development life cycle From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to search Systems engineering term Model of the software development life cycle, highlighting the maintenance phase In systems engineering, information systems and software engineering, the systems development life cycle (SDLC), also referred to as the application development life-cycle, is a process for planning, creating, testing, and deploying an information system.[1] The systems development life cycle concept applies to a range of hardware and software configurations, as a system can be composed of hardware only, software only, or a combination of both.[2] There are usually six stages in this cycle: requirement analysis, design, development and testing, implementation, documentation, and evaluation. Contents. 1 Overview 2 History and details 3 Phases 3.1 System investigation 3.2 Analysis 3.3 Design 3.4 Environments 3.5 Testing 3.6 Training and transition 3.7 Operations and maintenance 3.8 Evaluation 4 Systems analysis and design 5 Object-oriented analysis 6 Life cycle 6.1 Management and control 6.2 Work breakdown structured organization 6.3 Baselines 6.4 Complementary methodologies 7 Strengths and weaknesses 8 System lifecycle 8.1 Conceptual design 8.2 Preliminary system design 8.3 Detail design and development 8.4 Production and construction 8.5 Utilization and support 8.6 Phase-out and disposal 9 See also 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links Overview[edit]. A systems development life cycle is composed of a number of clearly defined and distinct work phases which are used by systems engineers and systems developers to plan for, design, build, test, and deliver information systems. Like anything that is manufactured on an assembly line, an SDLC aims to produce high-quality systems that meet or exceed customer expectations, based on customer requirements, by delivering systems which move through each clearly defined phase, within scheduled time frames and cost estimates.[3] Computer systems are complex and often (especially with the recent rise of service-oriented architecture) link multiple traditional systems potentially supplied by different software vendors. To manage this level of complexity, a number of SDLC models or methodologies have been created, such as waterfall, spiral, Agile software development, rapid prototyping, incremental, and synchronize and stabilize.[4] SDLC can be described along a spectrum of agile to iterative to sequential methodologies. Agile methodologies, such as XP and Scrum, focus on lightweight processes which allow for rapid changes (without necessarily following the pattern of SDLC approach) along the development cycle.[5] Iterative methodologies, such as Rational Unified Process and dynamic systems development method, focus on limited project scope and expanding or improving products by multiple iterations. Sequential or big-design-up-front (BDUF) models, such as waterfall, focus on complete and correct planning to guide large projects and risks to successful and predictable results.[citation needed] Other models, such as anamorphic development, tend to focus on a form of development that is guided by project scope and adaptive iterations of feature development. In project management a project can be defined both with a project life cycle (PLC) and an SDLC, during which slightly different activities occur. According to Taylor (2004), "the project life cycle encompasses all the activities of the project, while the systems development life cycle focuses on realizing the product requirements".[6] The SDLC is not a methodology per se, but rather a description of the phases in the life cycle of a software application. In a broad sense, these phases are,:investigation, analysis, design, build, test, implement, and maintenance and support. All software development methodologies follow the SDLC phases but the method of doing that varies vastly between methodologies. In the Scrum framework,[7] for example, one could say a single user story goes through all the phases of the SDLC within a single two-week sprint. Contrast this to the waterfall methodology, as another example, where every business requirement (recorded in the analysis phase of the SDLC in a document called the Business Requirements Specification)[citation needed] is translated into feature/functional descriptions (recorded in the design phase in a document called the Functional Specification) which are then all built in one go as a collection of solution features typically over a period of three to nine months, or more.[citation needed] These methodologies are different approaches, yet they both contain the SDLC phases in which a requirement is born, then travels through the life cycle phases ending in the final phase of maintenance and support, after-which the whole life cycle typically starts again for a subsequent version of the software application.[citation needed] History and details[edit]. The product life cycle describes the process for building information systems in a very deliberate, structured and methodical way, reiterating each stage of the product's life. The systems development life cycle, according to Elliott & Strachan & Radford (2004), "originated in the 1960s, to develop large scale functional business systems in an age of large scale business conglomerates. Information systems activities revolved around heavy data processing and number crunching routines".[8] Several systems development frameworks have been partly based on SDLC, such as the structured systems analysis and design method (SSADM) produced for the UK government Office of Government Commerce in the 1980s. Ever since, according to Elliott (2004), "the traditional life cycle approaches to systems development have been increasingly replaced with alternative approaches and frameworks, which attempted to overcome some of the inherent deficiencies of the traditional SDLC".[8] Phases[edit]. The system development life cycle framework provides a sequence of activities for system designers and developers to follow. It consists of a set of steps or phases in which each phase of the SDLC uses the results of the previous one.[9][10] The SDLC adheres to important phases that are essential for developers—such as planning, analysis, design, and implementation—and are explained in the section below. This includes evaluation of the currently used system, information gathering, feasibility studies, and request approval. A number of SDLC models have been created, including waterfall, fountain, spiral, build and fix, rapid prototyping, incremental, synchronize, and stabilize.[11][12] The oldest of these, and the best known, is the waterfall model, a sequence of stages in which the output of each stage becomes the input for the next.[10] These stages can be characterized and divided up in different ways, including the following:[9][10][13][14] A ten-phase version of the systems development life cycle[9] Preliminary analysis: Begin with a preliminary analysis, propose alternative solutions, describe costs and benefits, and submit a preliminary plan with recommendations. Conduct the preliminary analysis: Discover the organization's objectives and the nature and scope of the problem under study. Even if a problem refers only to a small segment of the organization itself, find out what the objectives of the organization itself are. Then see how the problem being studied fits in with them. Propose alternative solutions: After digging into the organization's objectives and specific problems, several solutions may have been discovered. However, alternate proposals may still come from interviewing employees, clients, suppliers, and/or consultants. Insight may also be gained by researching what competitors are doing. Cost benefit analysis: Analyze and describe the costs and benefits of implementing the proposed changes. In the end, the ultimate decision on whether to leave the system as is, improve it, or develop a new system will be guided by this and the rest of the preliminary analysis data. Systems analysis, requirements definition: Define project goals into defined functions and operations of the intended application. This involves the process of gathering and interpreting facts, diagnosing problems, and recommending improvements to the system. Project goals will be further aided by analysis of end-user information needs and the removal of any inconsistencies and incompleteness in these requirements. A series of steps followed by the developer include:[15] Collection of facts: Obtain end user requirements through documentation, client interviews, observation, and questionnaires. Scrutiny of the existing system: Identify pros and cons of the current system in-place, so as to carry forward the pros and avoid the cons in the new system. Analysis of the proposed system: Find solutions to the shortcomings described in step two and prepare the specifications using any specific user proposals. Systems design: At this step, desired features and operations are described in detail, including screen layouts, business rules, process diagrams, pseudocode, and other documentation. Development: The real code is written here. Integration and testing: All the modules are brought together into a special testing environment, then checked for errors, bugs, and interoperability. Acceptance, installation, deployment: This is the final stage of initial development, where the software is put into production and runs actual business. Maintenance: During the maintenance stage of the SDLC, the system is assessed/evaluated to ensure it does not become obsolete. This is also where changes are made to initial software. Evaluation: Some companies do not view this as an official stage of the SDLC, while others consider it to be an extension of the maintenance stage, and may be referred to in some circles as post-implementation review. This is where the system that was developed, as well as the entire process, is evaluated. Some of the questions that need to be answered include if the newly implemented system meets the initial business requirements and objectives, if the system is reliable and fault-tolerant, and if it functions according to the approved functional requirements. In addition to evaluating the software that was released, it is important to assess the effectiveness of the development process. If there are any aspects of the entire process (or certain stages) that management is not satisfied with, this is the time to improve. Disposal: In this phase, plans are developed for discontinuing the use of system information, hardware, and software and making the transition to a new system. The purpose here is to properly move, archive, discard, or destroy information, hardware, and software that is being replaced, in a manner that prevents any possibility of unauthorized disclosure of sensitive data. The disposal activities ensure proper migration to a new system. Particular emphasis is given to proper preservation and archiving of data processed by the previous system. All of this should be done in accordance with the organization's security requirements.[16] In the following diagram, these stages of the systems development life cycle are divided in ten steps, from definition to creation and modification of IT work products: Not every project will require that the phases be sequentially executed; however, the phases are interdependent. Depending upon the size and complexity of the project, phases may be combined or may overlap.[9] System investigation[edit]. First the IT system proposal is investigated. During this step, consider all current priorities that would be affected and how they should be handled. Before any system planning is done, a feasibility study should be conducted to determine if creating a new or improved system is a viable solution. This will help to determine the costs, benefits, resource requirements, and specific user needs required for completion. The development process can only continue once management approves of the recommendations from the feasibility study.[17] The following represent different components of the feasibility study: Operational feasibility Financial feasibility Technical feasibility Human factors feasibility Legal/Political feasibility Analysis[edit]. The goal of analysis is to determine where the problem is, in an attempt to fix the system. This step involves breaking down the system in different pieces to analyze the situation, analyzing project goals, breaking down what needs to be created, and attempting to engage users so that definite requirements can be defined. Design[edit]. In systems design, the design functions and operations are described in detail, including screen layouts, business rules, process diagrams, and other documentation. The output of this stage will describe the new system as a collection of modules or subsystems. The design stage takes as its initial input the requirements identified in the approved requirements document. For each requirement, a set of one or more design elements will be produced as a result of interviews, workshops, and/or prototype efforts. Design elements describe the desired system features in detail, and they generally include functional hierarchy diagrams, screen layout diagrams, tables of business rules, business process diagrams, pseudo-code, and a complete entity-relationship diagram with a full data dictionary. These design elements are intended to describe the system in sufficient detail, such that skilled developers and engineers may develop and deliver the system with minimal additional input design. Environments[edit]. Environments are controlled areas where systems developers can build, distribute, install, configure, test, and execute systems that move through the SDLC. Each environment is aligned with different areas of the SDLC and is intended to have specific purposes. Examples of such environments include the: development environment, where developers can work independently of each other before trying to merge their work with the work of others; common build environment, where merged work can be built, together, as a combined system; systems integration testing environment, where basic testing of a system's integration points to other upstream or downstream systems can be tested; user acceptance testing environment, where business stakeholders can test against their original business requirements; and production environment, where systems finally get deployed for final use by their intended end users. Testing[edit]. The code is tested at various levels in software testing. Unit, system, and user acceptance testings are often performed. This is a grey area as many different opinions exist as to what the stages of testing are and how much, if any iteration occurs. Iteration is not generally part of the waterfall model, but the means to rectify defects and validate fixes prior to deployment is incorporated into this phase. The following are types of testing that may be relevant, depending on the type of system under development: Defect testing the failed scenarios, including Path testing Data set testing Unit testing System testing Integration testing Black-box testing White-box testing Regression testing Automation testing User acceptance testing Software performance testing Training and transition[edit]. Once a system has been stabilized through adequate testing, the SDLC ensures that proper training on the system is performed or documented before transitioning the system to its support staff and end users. Training usually covers operational training for those people who will be responsible for supporting the system as well as training for those end users who will be using the system after its delivery to a production operating environment. After training has been successfully completed, systems engineers and developers transition the system to its final production environment, where it is intended to be used by its end users and supported by its support and operations staff. Operations and maintenance[edit]. The deployment of the system includes various changes and enhancements before the decommissioning or sunset of the system. Maintaining the system is a very important aspect of SDLC. As key personnel change positions in the organization, new changes will be implemented. There are two approaches to system development: the traditional approach (structured) and object oriented. Information engineering includes the traditional system approach, which is also called the structured analysis and design technique. The object-oriented approach views an information system as a collection of objects that are integrated with each other to make a full and complete information system. Evaluation[edit]. The final phase of the SDLC is to measure the effectiveness of the system and evaluate potential enhancements. Systems analysis and design[edit]. The systems analysis and design (SAD) is the process of developing information technology systems (ITS) that effectively use hardware, software, data, processes, and people to support the company's businesses objectives. It is a process of planning a new business system or replacing an existing system by defining its components or modules to satisfy specific requirements. System analysis and design can be considered the meta-development activity, which serves to set the stage and bound the problem. SAD can be leveraged to set the correct balance among competing high-level requirements in the functional and non-functional analysis domains. System analysis and design interact strongly with distributed enterprise architecture, enterprise I.T. Architecture, and business architecture, and relies heavily on concepts such as partitioning, interfaces, personae and roles, and deployment/operational modeling to arrive at a high-level system description. This high-level description is then further broken down into the components and modules which can be analyzed, designed, and constructed separately and integrated to accomplish the business goal. SDLC and SAD are cornerstones of full life cycle product and system planning. Object-oriented analysis[edit]. Object-oriented analysis (OOA) is the process of analyzing a task (also known as a problem domain), to develop a conceptual model that can then be used to complete the task. A typical OOA model would describe computer software that could be used to satisfy a set of customer-defined requirements. During the analysis phase of problem-solving, a programmer might consider a written requirements statement, a formal vision document, or interviews with stakeholders or other interested parties. The task to be addressed might be divided into several subtasks (or domains), each representing a different business, technological, or other areas of interest. Each subtask would be analyzed separately. Implementation constraints, (e.g., concurrency, distribution, persistence, or how the system is to be built) are not considered during the analysis phase; rather, they are addressed during object-oriented design (OOD). The conceptual model that results from OOA will typically consist of a set of use cases, one or more UML class diagrams, and a number of interaction diagrams. It may also include some kind of user interface mock-up. The input for object-oriented design is provided by the output of object-oriented analysis. Realize that an output artifact does not need to be completely developed to serve as input of object-oriented design; analysis and design may occur in parallel, and in practice the results of one activity can feed the other in a short feedback cycle through an iterative process. Both analysis and design can be performed incrementally, and the artifacts can be continuously grown instead of completely developed in one shot. Some typical (but common to all types of design analysis) input artifacts for object-oriented: Conceptual model: Conceptual model is the result of object-oriented analysis, it captures concepts in the problem domain. The conceptual model is explicitly chosen to be independent of implementation details, such as concurrency or data storage. Use case: Use case is a description of sequences of events that, taken together, lead to a system doing something useful. Each use case provides one or more scenarios that convey how the system should interact with the users called actors to achieve a specific business goal or function. Use case actors may be end users or other systems. In many circumstances use cases are further elaborated into use case diagrams. Use case diagrams are used to identify the actor (users or other systems) and the processes they perform. System Sequence Diagram: System Sequence diagram (SSD) is a picture that shows, for a particular scenario of a use case, the events that external actors generate, their order, and possible inter-system events. User interface documentations (if applicable): Document that shows and describes the look and feel of the end product's user interface. It is not mandatory to have this, but it helps to visualize the end-product and therefore helps the designer. Relational data model (if applicable): A data model is an abstract model that describes how data is represented and used. If an object database is not used, the relational data model should usually be created before the design, since the strategy chosen for object-relational mapping is an output of the OO design process. However, it is possible to develop the relational data model and the object-oriented design artifacts in parallel, and the growth of an artifact can stimulate the refinement of other artifacts. Life cycle[edit]. Management and control[edit]. SPIU phases related to management controls[18] The SDLC phases serve as a programmatic guide to project activity and provide a flexible but consistent way to conduct projects to a depth matching the scope of the project. Each of the SDLC phase objectives are described in this section with key deliverables, a description of recommended tasks, and a summary of related control objectives for effective management. It is critical for the project manager to establish and monitor control objectives during each SDLC phase while executing projects. Control objectives help to provide a clear statement of the desired result or purpose and should be used throughout the entire SDLC process. Control objectives can be grouped into major categories (domains), and relate to the SDLC phases as shown in the figure.[18] To manage and control any SDLC initiative, each project will be required to establish some degree of a work breakdown structure (WBS) to capture and schedule the work necessary to complete the project. The WBS and all programmatic material should be kept in the "project description" section of the project notebook. The WBS format is mostly left to the project manager to establish in a way that best describes the project work. There are some key areas that must be defined in the WBS as part of the SDLC policy. The following diagram describes three key areas that will be addressed in the WBS in a manner established by the project manager.[18] The diagram shows coverage spans numerous phases of the SDLC but the associated MCD has a subset of primary mappings to the SDLC phases. For example, Analysis and Design is primarily performed as part of the Acquisition and Implementation Domain and System Build and Prototype is primarily performed as part of delivery and support. Work breakdown structured organization[edit]. Work breakdown structure[18] The upper section of the work breakdown structure (WBS) should identify the major phases and milestones of the project in a summary fashion. In addition, the upper section should provide an overview of the full scope and timeline of the project and will be part of the initial project description effort leading to project approval. The middle section of the WBS is based on the seven systems development life cycle phases as a guide for WBS task development. The WBS elements should consist of milestones and "tasks" as opposed to "activities" and have a definitive period (usually two weeks or more). Each task must have a measurable output (e.x. document, decision, or analysis). A WBS task may rely on one or more activities (e.g. software engineering, systems engineering) and may require close coordination with other tasks, either internal or external to the project. Any part of the project needing support from contractors should have a statement of work (SOW) written to include the appropriate tasks from the SDLC phases. The development of a SOW does not occur during a specific phase of SDLC but is developed to include the work from the SDLC process that may be conducted by external resources such as contractors.[18] Baselines[edit]. Baselines are an important part of the systems development life cycle. These baselines are established after four of the five phases of the SDLC and are critical to the iterative nature of the model .[19] Each baseline is considered as a milestone in the SDLC. functional baseline: established after the conceptual design phase. allocated baseline: established after the preliminary design phase. product baseline: established after the detail design and development phase. updated product baseline: established after the production construction phase. Complementary methodologies[edit]. Complementary software development methods to systems development life cycle are: Software prototyping Joint applications development (JAD) Rapid application development (RAD) Extreme programming (XP); Open-source development End-user development Object-oriented programming Comparison of Methodology Approaches (Post, & Anderson 2006)[20] SDLC RAD Open source Objects JAD Prototyping End User Control Formal MIS Weak Standards Joint User User Time frame Long Short Medium Any Medium Short Short – Users Many Few Few Varies Few One or two One MIS staff Many Few Hundreds Split Few One or two None Transaction/DSS Transaction Both Both Both DSS DSS DSS Interface Minimal Minimal Weak Windows Crucial Crucial Crucial Documentation and training Vital Limited Internal In Objects Limited Weak None Integrity and security Vital Vital Unknown In Objects Limited Weak Weak Reusability Limited Some Maybe Vital Limited Weak None Strengths and weaknesses[edit]. Few people in the modern computing world would use a strict waterfall model for their SDLC as many modern methodologies have superseded this thinking. Some will argue that the SDLC no longer applies to models like Agile computing, but it is still a term widely in use in technology circles. The SDLC practice has advantages in traditional models of systems development that lends itself more to a structured environment. The disadvantages to using the SDLC methodology is when there is need for iterative development or (i.e. web development or e-commerce) where stakeholders need to review on a regular basis the software being designed. A comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of SDLC: Strength and Weaknesses of SDLC [20] Strengths Weaknesses Control Increased development time Monitor large projects Increased development cost Detailed steps Systems must be defined up front Evaluate costs and completion targets Rigidity Documentation Hard to estimate costs, project overruns Well defined user input User input is sometimes limited Ease of maintenance Little parallelism Development and design standards Automation of documentation and standards is limited Tolerates changes in MIS of staffing Does not tolerate changes in requirements Projects canned early on the result in little or no value An alternative to the SDLC is rapid application development, which combines prototyping, joint application development and implementation of CASE tools. The advantages of RAD are speed, reduced development cost, and active user involvement in the development process. System lifecycle[edit]. The system lifecycle in systems engineering is a view of a system or proposed system that addresses all phases of its existence to include system conception, design and development, production and/or construction, distribution, operation, maintenance and support, retirement, phase-out and disposal.[21] Conceptual design[edit]. The conceptual design stage is the stage where an identified need is examined, requirements for potential solutions are defined, potential solutions are evaluated and a system specification is developed. The system specification represents the technical requirements that will provide overall guidance for system design. Because this document determines all future development, the stage cannot be completed until a conceptual design review has determined that the system specification properly addresses the motivating need. Key steps within the conceptual design stage include: Need identification Feasibility analysis System requirements analysis System specification Conceptual design review Preliminary system design[edit]. During this stage of the system lifecycle, subsystems that perform the desired system functions are designed and specified in compliance with the system specification. Interfaces between subsystems are defined, as well as overall test and evaluation requirements.[22] At the completion of this stage, a development specification is produced that is sufficient to perform detailed design and development. Key steps within the preliminary design stage include: Functional analysis Requirements allocation Detailed trade-off studies Synthesis of system options Preliminary design of engineering models Development specification Preliminary design review For example, as the system analyst of Viti Bank, you have been tasked to examine the current information system. Viti Bank is a fast growing bank in Fiji. Customers in remote rural areas are finding difficulty to access the bank services. It takes them days or even weeks to travel to a location to access the bank services. With the vision of meeting the customers needs, the bank has requested your services to examine the current system and to come up with solutions or recommendations of how the current system can be provided to meet its needs. Detail design and development[edit]. This stage includes the development of detailed designs that brings initial design work into a completed form of specifications. This work includes the specification of interfaces between the system and its intended environment and a comprehensive evaluation of the systems logistical, maintenance and support requirements. The detail design and development is responsible for producing the product, process and material specifications and may result in substantial changes to the development specification. Key steps within the detail design and development stage include: Detailed design Detailed synthesis Development of engineering and prototype models Revision of development specification Product, process and material specification Critical design review Production and construction[edit]. During the production and/or construction stage the product is built or assembled in accordance with the requirements specified in the product, process and material specifications and is deployed and tested within the operational target environment. System assessments are conducted in order to correct deficiencies and adapt the system for continued improvement. Key steps within the product construction stage include: Production and/or construction of system components Acceptance testing System distribution and operation Operational testing and evaluation System assessment Utilization and support[edit]. Once fully deployed, the system is used for its intended operational role and maintained within its operational environment. Key steps within the utilization and support stage include: System operation in the user environment Change management System modifications for improvement System assessment Phase-out and disposal[edit]. Effectiveness and efficiency of the system must be continuously evaluated to determine when the product has met its maximum effective lifecycle.[23] Considerations include: Continued existence of operational need, matching between operational requirements and system performance, feasibility of system phase-out versus maintenance, and availability of alternative systems. See also[edit]. Application lifecycle management Decision cycle IPO Model Software development methodologies References[edit]. ^ SELECTING A DEVELOPMENT APPROACH. Retrieved 17 July 2014. ^ Parag C. Pendharkara; James A. Rodgerb; Girish H. Subramanian (November 2008). 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TitleSDLC Phases | Software Development Life Cycle | Learntek
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BodyLEARNTEK SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) In UncategorizedTags SDLC Models, SDLC Phases, Software Development Life CycleJanuary 25, 201916870 Views learntek Software Development Life Cycle (also called SDLC) is a workflow process which defines the core stages and activities of development cycles or A framework that describes the activities performed at each stage of a software development project. Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a process used by the software industry to design, develop and test high-quality software’s. The SDLC aims to produce high-quality software that meets or exceeds customer expectations, reaches completion within times and cost estimates. System analysts can use it, designers and developers to plan and implement the applications and deliver the systems or products on time and within budget. With numerous development methodologies, it is never an easy task to choose an appropriate strategy that sometimes even it is inevitable to mix-and-match multiple methods to fit in a single project.   SDLC Phases are as follows 1. Project Initiation 2. Requirements Gathering 3. Analysis 4. Design 5. Development 6. Testing 7. Implementation or deployment 8. Maintenance The following figure shows the details process of Software Development Life Cycle,   Project Initiation This is the first stage in the Software Development Life Cycle where the project is initiated. The high-level scope, problems and solutions are determined, and planning is carried out accordingly for other stages. Business Analyst Training Other components that are to be considered in this stage are Resources, time/schedules, milestones, cost, business benefits and deadlines. In the case of enhancements to existing projects, the strengths and weaknesses of the current software are studied, and the improvements are set as a goal, along with the collected requirements. Extensibility: Other components that are to be considered in this stage are Resources, time/schedules, milestones, cost, business benefits and deadlines. In the case of enhancements to existing projects, the strengths and weaknesses of the current software are studied, and the improvements are set as a goal, along with the collected requirements.   Requirements Gathering Business requirements are gathered. Meetings with project managers and stakeholders. Identify • “Who will use the system” • “How the system should work “ • “What should be the input & output of the system” Analyze requirements for validity & incorporation of requirements Finally, prepare Requirement specification document The requirements are of the type: • Functional Requirements • Non-functional Requirements The end-user requirements from the customer and other stakeholders (salespeople, domain/industry experts, etc.) are collected. Requirements are gathered using the following techniques: • By conducting Interviews • By conducting Workshops • By conducting Surveys and questionnaires • Focus Groups • Observations / time study • By conducting Brainstorming Sessions • Document Analysis (Ex: Regulatory requirements) • Mind Mapping • Benchmarks Analysis The Analysis Phase is where you break down the deliverables in the high-level Project Charter into the more detailed business requirements. The Analysis Phase is also the part of the project where you identify the overall direction that the project will take through the creation of the project strategy documents. • Understand the business need and processing needs • Gather, analyze, and validate the information. • Define the requirements and prototypes for the new system. • Evaluate the alternatives and prioritize the requirements. • Examine the information needs of end-user and enhances the system goal. • A Software Requirement Specification (SRS) document is used in the analysis phase, which specifies the software, hardware, functional, and network requirements of the system is prepared at the end of this phase. • In this, every achievable requirement is anlyzed and documented as Software Requirements Specifications (SRS) or Functional Requirements Specifications (FRS). • This is effectively manageable for all the resources (developers, designers, testers, project managers and any other possible roles) to work on the chunks at all the stages in the Software Development Life Cycle. • In many cases, a requirement gathering, and analysis can be carried out at the same time. System Design   • This is the stage which stated, “How to achieve what is needed?” • Software Requirements Specifications (SRS) are now transformed to the system design plan, which contains a detailed and complete set of specifications, commonly known as “Design Specification”. • Prepare design of network, databases, application, system interfaces, user interfaces, system and software design from software requirement specification. • All the technical details like technologies to use, project constraints, team’s capability, etc. goes into the design specification document. • The technical architects and developers develop the logical plan of the system which is then reviewed by all the stakeholders. • Design a contingency, training, maintenance, and operation plan. • At last, prepare a design document which will be used during next phases. Development • Taking all the detailed design documents from the design phase and transforming them into the actual system. • Build the technical architecture • Build the database and program • This stage in more straightforward terms is where the “real work begins” and we “build what is needed”. • The developers start to code as per the requirements and the developed design. • Along with the coding, all the other required set-up will begin. i.e., the database set up by database admin, interface and GUI creation by front-end developers, etc. • Along with coding, it is also essential for developers to develop unit tests for their module, peer review other module’s unit tests, deploy builds to the intended environment and execute unit tests. Testing   • This stage is the one where the quality check takes place. The developed software is assessed to ensure that all the specified requirements are met. • Write the test condition and perform the testing of the system. • This stage is used to validate whether the application addresses all User Requirements, technical performance. • This is performed by the testing team, and the focus is to find the defects. • During test case execution, all the error found which are reported in the test management tool and the decision of considering the defect as Valid or Invalid depends on developers. • Each defect that is found will have to go through the Defect Life Cycle in the defect management tool. • Again, the testing approach that the project choose depends on various factors: the complexity of the project, the team’s capability, time, etc. Deployment or Implementation   • Write detailed user documentation and provide training for the system user. • Once the testing is completed and, there are no open high priority issues, then comes the time to deploy the build to the Production environment. This is the environment which is accessible by real users. Real users can then use the software as per their needs. • Deploying the build to production can be a complicated process. If the project is an existing application, technology migration is being carried out etc, it can be an extensive procedure. • Depending on business criticality deployment teams may need to ensure that the application continues to function, while the deployment is in progress. • Due to the high cut-over time, the Production deployment usually takes place during non-peak hours and / or weekends. Maintenance • This stage is when the “fine tuning” of the software takes place. Once the build is deployed to Production environment, any issues that the real users face are considered as Post-Production issues. • These Post-Production issues are addressed and resolved by the internal team usually termed as Maintenance team. • This stage also addresses minor change requests, code fixes, etc. and deploys them in short intervals. • Build a helpdesk to support the system user. • One may change the application without impairing existing functionalities. • You may add new functionalities to the existing application. • You can fix any historical defects of the application in this phase                 Roles and Responsibilities of Business Analyst Why there is a Software Development Life Cycle necessary? Software Development Life Cycle is needed in any of the project for the below reasons: • Enhance the quality of the software • Define the goals to the team so that developers know what to build and testers know what and how to test • Reduce the rate of vulnerabilities (fewer or none) • Management control • Effective documentation and reduced dependencies • Effective resource utilization • Effective cost and time definition • Ensure the architecture and design are secure • Define and adhere to the set processes and objectives • Meet and exceed Customer’s expectation Software Development Life Cycle Models : Some of the SDLC Models are as follows : • Waterfall Model • Spiral • V Model • Prototype • Agile • The other related models are Agile Model, Rapid Application Development, Rational Unified Model, Hybrid Model etc. learntek . Post Navigation. Previous Post: Stop Words and Tokenization with NLTK. Next Post: Data Mining Examples and Techniques. Related Posts:. 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TitleWhat is the Software Development Life Cycle? - UTOR
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BodySoftware development life cycle: definitions, phases, models, and simple examples What is software development life cycleSDLC phasesWhat are the software development life cycle phases?Why SDLC?Benefits of SDLCWhat are the 5 stages of SDLC?What are the 7 phases of SDLC?What is the most important phase of SDLC?SDLC modelsSoftware development life cycle modelsWhich SDLC model is best?Examples of SDLC, or how to launch a spacecraftHow do we choose an ultimate SDLC in UTOR? In Biology, the life cycle is the period of time from birth to death. The meaning of the life cycle in software development doesn’t differ much. It embraces all the stages of product existence, from an intention to create a new software solution to an end of using it. Software behaves similarly to a living organism: it appears, evolves, faces difficulties, and sooner or later ends the functioning. For now, let’s try to figure out the basics of the life of software and the role of testing in this process. What is software development life cycle. To start with, what is SDLC? Here’s a simple software development life cycle definition: it is a period, which starts with making a decision that a new software product is necessary and ends when the product is no longer used. Explaining SDLC meaning in simple words, this is a sequence of steps required for launching a product and supporting it. SDLC phases. Software development life cycle is a structured process that lies in the core of every software product development. Someone identifies a problem, discusses it with a group of like-minded or interested people, they come up with a solution, make drafts, invent something, find and fix bugs. Every step becomes an input to the next action. Altogether, they result in a new product delivered to a customer. Each step is a part of a certain phase. What are the software development life cycle phases? Requirements. SDLC cycle starts from discussions. All the participants come together to share the thoughts on the final product. Their purpose is to determine the detailed requirements to a system, make sure every member understands their tasks, and prevent conflicts. QAs often get involved on this stage. Prototyping, or design phase in software development, brings developers and system architects together. To design a multi-level system, they need to discuss technical issues that may arise and the ways to solve them. A team decides upon the technologies they are going to use, workflow, load, restrictions, budget, interaction with the third parties and databases, etc. Everything is properly documented.   Development. Back-end developers start coding. System admins setup the software environment. Front-end programmers develop user interfaces and the logic of interaction with a server. QAs can start unit tests at this early stage. Testing. We look for the software defects: compare documented requirements with the actual features and search bugs. When a QA detects a defect, they create reports and transfer to developers. The latter fix the bug, then testing repeats. This time, a QA needs to make sure everything has been fixed and hasn’t affected other features. The testing goes on until all the requirements are met and no critical bugs left – a small internal software testing life cycle. Read more: Why Testing is Important in the Software Development Life Cycle Implementation. When no more serious bugs are left, the time for the release comes. An implementation phase in SDLC is when a product becomes available for the audience. Support. If any post-release bugs are detected, the team creates corresponding reports and handles the information to the development. Depending on the difficulty and urgency, some issues are fixed immediately (hot-fix), the others are released in the bext version.  Documentation is a conventional stage. Documents are created on all the stages of the software life cycle – some describe development processes and fix procedures, some explain software specs and application. There are four main types of software development life cycle documentation: Architecture (or project) – describes models, methodologies, tools, and means of development chosen for this particular project (for instance, design specifications).Technical – a scope of the supporting files describing the work of the system on the level of separate modules; these are mostly comments to the source code that are later arranged in HTML documents.User – guides and manuals, informational chapters, and things a user needs to figure out how the product works.Marketing – promo materials that introduce a product to the wide user audience in an attractive way, showing all the competitive features and advantages. It is necessary to understand that the stages of program life cycle don’t exist separately. There are points of intersection that ensure the smooth transition to every next stage. All stakeholders participate during the entire SDLC with more or less involvement. Why SDLC? Some may wonder why the full software development life cycle is so important for testing and vice versa. That’s simple: testing is not an isolated process. It needs a product – a code or functionality – to check. It also needs requirements to set-up the check. Software development methodologies provide conventional schemes that join together the separate stages. Each stage requires different actions, but all are vital for the final result. It is like a piece of a puzzle in a big picture: one does not make sense without the rest. Benefits of SDLC. It creates a full picture of the process – estimating, timing, scheduling, and budget.It is a mechanism for project tracking and management.It provides a specific framework for a standard set of activities.It increases the development speed, decreases risks and delays.It allows participation for all shareholders.It establishes effective communication between the parties with defining inputs and output and the role of everyone in the process.It improves client relations, both between internal and external customers. It is impossible to develop a high-quality product without a plan. And any software development plan is better than no plan at all. In the end, how can you decide whether the product meets requirements if there are no requirements?  What are the 5 stages of SDLC? So how many stages to the software development life cycle exist? There are over a dozen approaches to SDLC nowadays. Different teams prefer to arrange a process according to their procedures, paying attention to documenting some stages more carefully than the others. The five-stage process, better known as the waterfall process, is currently one of the most popular. #1. Requirements and analysis. Clients, managers, and stakeholders opening a brand new SDLC life cycle. They discuss a product, a course of development, and collect requirements. #2. Design. A business analyst document the requirements. A designers prepare the background for further backend and frontend implementation. A QA specialist may start to create testing strategy for a product. #3. Development. Developers divide their work into modules, units, etc., and start coding. #4. Testing. This is when our team starts the main scope of work. The code is partially or fully developed by this time so we can begin the tests based on the documented requirements. This stahe features all the types of testing that can be apllied. We need to make sure the product meets client’s expectations, is user-friendlyand bug-free. #5. Maintenance. A company handles the product to a customer. Customers share problems that arise during software exploitation. QAs often detect some new issues on this stage. Sometimes, this stage of development lifecycle is rather passive for the development and QA teams. What are the 7 phases of SDLC? There is one more popular approach, which features 7 stages of system development life cycle instead of the five described before. They come in the following order: planning;requirement collection;designing and prototyping;development;testing;deployment;and operation & maintenance. Technically, it doesn’t differ much from the previous SDLC type, only some accents have shifted. For instance, planning and requirements are two separate stages, while the discussion of the initial idea is viewed outside SDLC in the waterfall process. One more difference in the 7-stage system is deployment outlined into an independent stage. The previous approach suggests that some aspects should be included into the development stage, and some should relate to maintenance. If we speak about the one-time release, however, it would be logical to devote an entire stage to deployment. What is the most important phase of SDLC? It doesn’t matter how you decide to classify the stages, there is no such thing as the most important SDLC phase. Some of software development life cycle phases are long-lasting, some finish quite quickly, some get more attention. Can you miss one of those phases (do not confuse with “unite”) without affecting the entire process? If you need a clearer SDLC example, let’s get back to the biological lifeforms. Think of SDLC as your daily routine with all the basic requirements: sleeping, eating, physical activity, socializing. You can miss something, and your organism will keep functioning, but it’ll affect your heath – physical or psychological. In the case of the SDLC, we are talking about software health. SDLC models. We hope everything is clear with phases. You may be wondering, what are those software development process models? Is this something different or another division into stages? Software development life cycle models are the ways those stages are arranged. Remember our daily routine example? Some prefer jogging in the morning, some in the evening. There are people, work better after a walk, while the others find it difficult to concentrate in open space after 15 minutes outdoors. The same thing with SDLC models. There is at least a dozen that are popular and frequently used. The choice depends on expectations and requirements to the final product, project specs and scale, and company policies. Software development life cycle models. The roots of the software development get back to the 1960s. Over 60 years of evolution with extremely rapid changes over the last two decades resulted in a wide variety of development strategies, methods, and of course software development life cycle models. We aren’t going to explain each of them, but here are some of the most used SDLC phases with examples of advantages and disadvantages. Waterfall Model. The name “waterfall development life cycle” already explains a lot. SDLC waterfall means that phases come one after the other. To proceed to the next stage, you are to finish the current one. Every phase of a project takes place only once. Pros: A strict order and a well-structured process with least surprises.Opportunity to plan deadlines and resources accurately.The requirements aren’t altered during the process. Cons: A lack of flexibility and difficulties with too strict requirementsThe testing starts only in the middle of the project.Impossible to detect strong/weak sides and product value before the release. V-model. Similarly to the waterfall model, it allows getting rid of the problems detected on the preceding stage. The processes on all stages are controlled to make sure that it is possible to move to the next level. The testing stars during writing the requirements. Pros: The strict order of following the stages.Better time management.Minimum risks and opportunity to prevent major errors thanks to the testing on early stages. Cons: Impossible to adapt to the continuously changing client’s requirements.No actions are devoted to risk analysis.Time-consuming development that sometimes lasts for years may end up in a situation, where a project is not relevant for the time/audience or not necessary for a client. Incremental model. The software development process is linear. Every stage follows the previous one, but in several increments (versions). Product enhancement lasts in a planned order for as long as the product exists. System requirements are defined at the very beginning of the work. After that, the development process flows as a sequence of versions, where every next one is a finished and fully functioning product. Pros: Clients can leave reviews about every version of the project.Opportunity to predict risks related to expenses and stick to the schedule.The adjustment to the new technology happens gradually. Cons: The functional system should be fully outlined at the beginning in order to determine the iterations.In the case of constant changes, system structure can be damaged.Deadlines and release dates can be missed due to the limited resources (both executives and expenses). Spiral model. Staring at the stage of planning, SDLC unfolds with every next step. After the exit of each next volution, we receive a tested prototype, which complements the current version. A prototype that gathers them all and meets the requirements is ready for the release. Pros: Special attention is devoted to risk management.Additional features can be added at the late stages.There are enough opportunities for flexible designing and prototyping. Cons: The risk estimation on every stage requires a lot of resources.  Continuous reviews and customer feedback trigger never-ending new iterations that significantly delay the release.More applicable to large-scale projects. Agile model. The Agile development life cycle is a mix of various approaches. It is very dynamic and based on the constant interactions inside the self-managed working groups. These groups consist of the specialists of diverse profiles and deliver mini projects at the end of each iteration. One of the key ideas of Agile software development life cycle is interaction with a customer face to face. Pros: Fast decision-making thanks to continuous communications.Minimization of risks thanks to the instant reaction to problems and fixing them.Easy documentation management. Cons: A big number of talks and meetings can increase the time required for the release.It is difficult to plan the process, because the requirements are constantly changing.It is rarely used for the implementation of large-scale processes. Which SDLC model is best? It all depends on a particular project and company. Regardless of system life cycle models applied, teams use some well-tried practices to reduce the risks and increase efficiency. Source control helps to reduce the risks when it comes to coding and testing. A single server failure can ruin the achievements of an entire working day, while central repository saves the day.Continuous integration keeps the software in the functional state. By assembling a program every time the code changes, you prevent errors and defects in the final version.Management systems make complex projects easier to track. There is an entire class of software systems that assist in work management, bug tracking, even decision making. The best way to choose which model fits best for your project is just to communicate with the dev and QA teams. Theycan explain SDLC models with real time examples, provide some insights, share experiences. It will be much more important than trying to figure it out by Googling the existing methods.  Examples of SDLC, or how to launch a spacecraft. So you already know biological life cycle definition and the one used in IT, the basics of SDLC methodologies and phases. Sounds like it’s time for the SDLC phases with examples. To make it easier, let’s draw an analogy between the stages of software development life cycle and a school project. You are informed about the upcoming school fair,  where student will present their crafts and inventions.  You decide to make a checklist to keep an easy track of the process and choose the 7-phase model. #1. Planning. Think about possible options. What are you good at? What are other kids good at? What will help you to stand out? It is probably an awesome spacecraft model. You know about the space much more than any other kid. Your school lacks spacecraft models of proper quality. You will solve this problem. #2. Requirement collection. You check out if other kids have presented similar projects. Then you find out what spacecraft models exist, what materials are available, how much time you have, when and where the fair takes place – as much details as possible. #3. Designing and prototyping. You take a sheet of paper and draw your model. You make it using low-cost and easy-disposable materials – paper, matches, etc. You see the plan is going to work out and move to the serious work. #4. Development. Time to make exactly the same model by using proper materials. #5. Testing. You check whether all details are fixed and glued well, whether your spacecraft model looks the way it should. If it doesn’t, you need to spend some time on removing mistakes. If yes, well, congrats! #6. Deployment. You have spent much on creating a beautiful but fragile model. Everything is ready, you just need to get safely into and out of parents’ car carrying it safely. And you check it once more before showing to a teacher and all other students. #7. Operation and maintenance. Now, everyone is looking at your spacecraft. People ask questions, say it is awesome, some say it is ugly and unnecessary. Don’t worry, this is life and this is how it always happens. You keep an eye on your project till the very end of the fair. The spacecraft has completed its mission: you get a high grade! The lifecycle of your project ends. How do we choose an ultimate SDLC in UTOR? We work with very diverse teams and projects, and each of them requires a specific approach. Agile works best for small companies and dynamic projects. A waterfall model is perfect for short-term projects, while an increment model is used most frequently for long-lasting products, where developers keep working on updates continuously. To decide what approach to choose for a particular project, we discuss the working process with the team on your side. As a rule, we jump on a project when the development is in the height or is coming to an end. We pick up the tasks and ensure seamless integration, particularly,  be using the SDLC you’ve already chosen. It doesn’t matter what SDLC you currently use. We’ll be able to keep up. Contact us to discuss all the details.  Don't forget to share this post! 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BodyFive Stages of a Software Development Life Cycle There are many approaches that are implemented during the process that involves software development. These approaches and methods are also known as ‘Software Development Process Models’ and include examples such as the Waterfall Model, V-Model, Incremental Model, and Iterative Model. These approaches or models consist of a specific life cycle that they follow in order to determine the level of success in the software development process. The Software Development Life (SDLC) Cycle explains the various stages of a software cycle and the structure in which these stages are carried out.  The result produced from each stage is implemented in the next stage of the software life cycle. Requirements are converted into design and the design is used to develop the code. The final testing stage authenticates the results of the implementation stage by measuring it across the requirements. There are mainly five stages in the SDLC: Requirement Analysis The requirements of the software are determined at this stage. Discussions are held between the various stake holders, managers, and users to find out what the particular software will be used for. Who will use it and how will they be using it. Information regarding what kind of input is required and what output is expected is collected during this stage. Once the information is collected, it is analysed to see if the requirements can be incorporated into the software that is to be developed. After which, a ‘Requirement Specification’ document is developed to be used as a guide for the next stage. Design Here, the software and system design is developed according to the instructions provided in the ‘Requirement Specification’ document. The design stage establishes what hardware and what system requirements are needed as well as the entire system architecture. The results from this stage are used as input for the next one. Implementation & Coding In this stage, the actual coding is done and the code is produced based on the design specifications. This is the most critical and also the longest stage in the SDLC. Testing After the development of the code, it is tested to see if it meets all the requirements that were determined in the first stage. Various kinds of testing such as system testing, unit testing, acceptance testing, and integration testing are carried out. Maintenance This is the final stage, where the finished software is delivered to the customer. The real problems are identified once the customer begins use. These problems are addressed from time to time as they crop up. Please, tell us about your project.  This is just a starting point from which we can develop into a specification. Lithium Ion Lithium Ion are the ….. CLOSE
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H1A Guide On SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) With Examples
H2What Is The Software Development Life Cycle?
Understanding Software Development Life Cycle Stages
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BodyA Guide On SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) With Examples It is important to understand the specifications of the SDLC to properly develop software. In this article, you would learn more about its benefit, how the SDLC works, and its various models or examples. Also, we will uncover more about what the various stages are, the successful SDLC Examples, and what Secure SDLC means. Written by:- Chintan Gor Table of contentsWhat Is The Software Development Life Cycle?Understanding Software Development Life Cycle StagesProject InitiationConcept DevelopmentPlanningRequirementsDesigningDevelopmentIntegrationTestingDeploymentMaintenanceClosure, Hand-off, and SupportUnderstanding SDLC ModelsAgile ModelWaterfall ModelV-Shaped ModelIterative ModelSpiral ModelBig Bang ModelSoftware Development Life Cycle Best Practices: Secure SDLCBenefits Of Software Development Life CycleSDLC Real-Time Example: ProjectsStreaming-Related Hybrid ApplicationsInnovative CMS PlatformConclusion The IT industry is all about software and services. One wrong code and you land in the territory of glitches. Therefore, learning essential software development skills is imperative for technological advancement. To start with, let us know what SDLC is and its examples. SDLC or Software Development Life Cycle covers the entire process of creating software, from planning to manifestation. The stages in the cycle include a lot of steps that focus on maintaining and preparing the source code. These include conceiving, designing, specifying, programming, etc. This helps programmers concentrate on maintaining frameworks, applications, and various software components. Unless one knows and understands the stages in detail, the ball is not easy to play. Learn more about SDLC examples and their importance in this article. Let’s start. What Is The Software Development Life Cycle? To elaborate, the Software Development Life Cycle or the SDLC is the procedure of producing software at a low cost, less time, and yet of the highest quality. Under this, well-structured progress of phases is visible that each organization focuses on very seriously. This allows them to create high-quality software after testing the software rigorously and then making it ready for manufacturing. There are essentially six phases to this methodology, and they are as follows: Analysis of requirement Planning the development Design of the software, like the architectural design Developing the software Conducting tests Deployment of software The most popular Software Development Projects Examples or models are the Agile Model, Spiral Model, and Waterfall Model. Understanding Software Development Life Cycle Stages. There are some Development Life Cycle Stages that dictate the entire process. They are as follows. In the concern of the Software Development Life Cycle Template, let’s understand the main stages one-by-one in detail. Project Initiation. After you have decided on which project to go forward with and signed the agreement, the next phase is initiating it. This is when the entire software development life cycle starts, and you have to figure out the project goal. Thereafter, the team has to state the success criteria associated with the project and its goal. In case you are under a T&M contract with the company, this phase is still important to go through. The next point of concern in this phase of an SDLC Example is to make a Project Charter. In that, you have to prepare and define which factors would work with the project in question. After that, you have to figure out who the key stakeholders are for the process. There are many points of the process where they would give their input, such as:- User Experience Hardware Specifications User Interface Technical Limitations Software architecture, and The environment of the development While you can get feedback on such points from the customers and clients, that is not enough. Having expertise from within your team and outside would help you create the perfect Software Development Projects Examples. After making out the project motto and aim, you can jump to developing the concept. Concept Development. Indeed, developing software is not a one-way road; there are different manners of creating web applications. One of the most important and useful ones in this regard is to develop and design the concept first. For the application that you wish to create, you have to make a conceptual wireframe and design. If the detailing is not set, that is still fine; as long as you have a basic framework to refer to in later stages. Of course, there is a great reason why you should focus on this stage more carefully, especially regarding the stakeholders. Having a concept design ready would give them a more substantial project to focus on, and they would engage more. Not all the stakeholders would understand the more complicated development language. Thus, such simplified imagery would help them realize the end-product better. Aside from the design part of the concept development stage, the technicalities are also important in an SDLC Example. This is because not all the projects can work with the already available solutions and needs more specific requirements. In such a situation, your team has to create a whole new concept that would bring the correct outcome you desire. Here, you can take the help of the best experts in this field to exchange ideas with, and figure out unique solutions. In case you cannot find the correct solution after brainstorming, you have to continue with the present approaches. And if you need more time and resources to work the solution better, your Software Development Projects Example may get canceled. Overall, this stage is often termed as the gateway stage. Planning. After clearing the concept, the next obvious step is to create a plan. If the project is a large one, you have to create a completely full-fledged plan from the first step. Thus, it is better to start off with smaller projects if you are a beginner. It is more simple and easy to handle and plan. However, it is important to mention here that most teams focus on creating a customized approach to each project management program. Thus, you can go forward with using the already present approaches, like Kanban and Scrum variations. Or, you can make a completely customized plan, instead. As for the main points that are covered during the SDLC Example planning, they are as follows. Figuring out the scope of the project Settling milestones Estimating the costs and time required Identifying the expertise and resources that you would need also comes under this particular phase. Therefore, by the end of this SDLC phase, you may have committed to delivering on time the product in its complete form. Or, you would have created the plan for project management. In the case of the former, you would have to figure out how to work the project as per the organization’s customs. Requirements. The next of the Product Development Life Cycle Stages is to figure out what you would need to complete it. To do that, you can adopt the following methods. Hold interviews Brainstorming with the team Create and distribute surveys and questionnaires Mind mapping Depend on focus groups Notice wireframes Analyze the relevant documents Listen to user stories You do not need to follow any particular step only to gather requirements. As long as the software engineers understand what you need as requirements, you can continue making the SDLC with Example. You can tweak the requirements and make it more suitable for future projects too. Following this, focus on implementing the high-level practical analysis of the project with the requirements. Designing. At the design stage of the software development life cycle, you would notice two specific aspects. UI and UX Design Technical Architecture In this portion of working through SDLC Real Life Example, you have to probe the previously gathered requirements. Following that, you need to figure out the UI or User Interface design that would make the service or application functional. Plus, you need to create an architecture that can hold all the requirements in a way that would work for them. The designs that you would develop are in the following manners. Workflow diagrams Wireframes Mockups Listed Frameworks, Technologies, and Libraries Documented description of the Architecture Following this, you can get started with the coding process that would work toward the proper development of the product. Development. After planning, gathering, and designing, the next step of the Software Development Life Cycle Template is executing it. The programmers would start with the coding process on a day-to-day basis. Selecting the framework of your choice, you have to continue with the development procedure at this point. You have to prepare a working prototype or model of the application and show it to the stakeholders. That would increase their engagement and create a better quality product. They would suggest changes or more specifications that you need to implement in the SDLC Example. At this point in the life cycle, you have to consider their points and repeat and increment the project continuously. However, while this stage may demand more time, you still have to deliver the end-project on a scheduled date. The deadline and budget that the client specified cannot get changed, and you have to keep that in mind. Integration. All the applications nowadays integrate completely with other services, and you have to focus on giving your application the same functionality. This is especially important in companies, as their employee information is generally synced to another database. Thus, you need to focus on integrating your software with these databases, so that you can access their storage space. In terms of what services to integrate the SDLC Example with, one name is the third-party providers. These include Cloud applications like Dropbox, among others. Also, you have to make your software soluble with the market you are selling at and the business processes of the client company. There is a lot of collaboration that is involved at this stage, which makes it very time-consuming. Thus, you should check for the requirements and possible risks for integration from the beginning. While it is part of the development process, it involves a lot of complicated elements. Owing to this, treating it as a phase in an SDLC Example is most suitable. Testing. In the final stretches of the development process, it is important to handle the final testing. Not only is testing important as a separate stage but also it is necessary at the other stages too. If you handle this throughout the beginning stages, that would help you detect and correct any issues beforehand. If you test it well and find no defects in the program, that ensures Quality Assurance. Even if there are some minor defects in the program, people can still use it. However, you should know the latest Software Testing Trends to give a perfect result. But you have to check and see if they are of working condition and provide the list of problems during certification. Deployment. During the deployment period of the Product Development Life Cycle Stages, you have to deliver it to a hardware. Whether it is a mobile device, PC, server, or MAC, you have to use the software on these devices. Overall, the main purpose at this stage is to make the software you developed accessible to end-users. For deployment on desktops or phones, you have to prepare an installer for your software to work with them. Plus, you have to provide this installer in mobile application stores like Google Play or App Store. On the other hand, if you are deploying it to a server, you have to upload the application directly into it. Then, the next step for a programmer is to connect this application to other servers and services. Maintenance. The maintenance of the application occurs throughout the Development Life Cycle Stages, but sometimes, you would notice a shorter period of it. This usually appears after deployment, when some development team members keep working on the application still. During this period, they look for any critical issues that previously left their notice, and they fix it. Later, after some months of verification and user testing, the support work is passed to a different support team. Closure, Hand-off, and Support. In the last phase of the SDLC Example, you still need to put in more effort. You have to gather everything about the application you created and its specifications and pass it to another support team. You need to identify many other requirements, though these you should prepare beforehand. Plus, you have to provide extra documents, what more capabilities are needed later, etc. However, like the identification of the requirements, you have to understand and plan the hand-off process beforehand. Understanding SDLC Models. There are some common Software Life Cycle Examples or SDLC models available. They are as given below. Agile Model. A major characteristic of the Agile Model is that it demarcates the product into different cycles and produces a working product quickly. There is a succession of many releases that is a common point of this process. After each of the releases is tested, that back information is used in the following version for more improvement. However, there is a drawback in this model and that revolves around the dependency on customer interaction. Indeed, in some particular cases, focusing more heavily on these interactions often turns the development in the wrong direction. When To Use Agile Model? To implement new changes To implement a feature that would require some extra hours  Very few initial requirements Product owner involvement is high Waterfall Model. This particular SDLC Example is the most straightforward type of model, and it is essentially the oldest too. The main characteristic of this methodology is that programmers focus on each step, one after the other. After finishing the first from the beginning to the end, they jump on to the next phase, and this continues. This is the reason for its name, as there is a mini-plan for each of the phases, and they waterfall into their next after completion. There is, of course, a drawback to this as well. When one does not complete the smallest details, that can stagnate the entire procedure. When To Use Waterfall Model? When requirements are clear from the beginning No ambiguous requirements from the client Good understanding of technology The short-term project with low risk V-Shaped Model. This SDLC Example is a continuation or similar to the Waterfall Model in its essence. Like the previously mentioned model, this too concentrates on the testing process in each level of the process. And similar to the Waterfall Model again, it sees the same kind of problem. When To Use V-Model? When you’re dealing with small or medium size projects Plenty of technical resources are available Requirements are clearly defined When you want to track continuous progress Iterative Model. The main point of concern in the Iterative model is the concentration on repetitiveness. In this, the top software developers who are using this particular version of the SDLC Example make it very quickly. After doing so, they test the software over and over again and keep on improving on the previous version with little cost. This leads to the creation of more successful versions in the following line. As for the drawback of this model, that lies in the quantity of resources it takes up. If not checked in time, this number increases highly. When To Use Iterative Model? When major requirements are defined Developers are learning new technology during the project There are chances of changes in the near future When the project is for a long-term Spiral Model. Out of all the Software Development Examples, the one that is the most flexible is the Spiral Model. It concentrates a lot on repetition, something that is very similar to the Iterative Model. In this, the SDLC goes through each of the stages vigorously. It checks the planning of the process, what the design is like, what the build is, how the testing process is occurring, etc. If any discrepancy appears, this methodology goes back to the first step and continues. This repetition occurs over and over through each phase. And each time, the stages showcase advancement, until finally, the software is ready for deployment. When To Use Spiral Model? When the project is for a long term When there are frequent releases The creation of a prototype is compulsory For medium to high-risk projects Big Bang Model. Among all the models, this SDLC Example is a high-risk model. The maximum of the resources in the Big Bang model focuses on the development phases. This is more suitable for smaller projects rather than the bigger and more complicated ones. There is, of course, a drawback in this model too. And that is the lack of definition stage of each of the methods. In fact, not even the most important requirements of each of the parts are mentioned in this option. Owing to this, it is less preferred among all the models except for by smaller companies who use it in their comparatively smaller project outlines and software. When To Use Big Bang Model? When there is no pre-planning When there are a limited amount of resources Suitable for a short-term project Good for study and learning purpose Software Development Life Cycle Best Practices: Secure SDLC. After understanding the different phases in the SDLC and its projects, the next point that you should focus on is its best practices. And the most crucial one to consider among them is Secure SDLC. This comes into focus in order to face the most important concerns of modern cyber-security. To understand What Is SDLC Example, this is important to look into as well as security is an important factor. The first step that the software teams should look into starts at the first stages, i.e., Project Requirements and Analysis. They should figure out which criteria and policies would best ensure the safety of the solution. After this, they should focus on threat modeling, which basically means testing the software’s high-security-risk environments and scenarios. In the following stages, the quality assurance managers and programmers should keep the potential risks in mind. And consequently, approach their duties with pre-planned safeguards for such potential risk areas in an SDLC Real Life Example. As for the deployment stage, you should implement advanced systems for intrusion detection for more secure software development. Benefits Of Software Development Life Cycle. There are many benefits that are visible in the Software Development Life Cycle with Example. They are as follows. The main reason why a company chooses to adopt these examples is to completely manage the development process. It helps in managing the budget of the project. Those who are participating in the development process better understand their roles and that stops any unnecessary conflicts from arising. Helps figure out a concrete working plan. It allows the team to get a better and clearer picture of the action plan. One can improve the cost of each part of the development process, and management of resources too with an SDLC Example. Of course, it is also important to understand here that these advantages are not a general thing for every team. How well a team performs their tasks and the expertise of the managers of each project defines what benefits they would notice. If the team does not perform diligently at any stage, the final product would come out damaged or low-quality. SDLC Real-Time Example: Projects. In order to Explain SDLC with Real Life Example, it is crucial to look at some real and successful projects with SDLC models. They are:- Streaming-Related Hybrid Applications. A company that provides streaming services for videos took the help of software developers to make their service better. The main aim of the project was the chance for people to stream videos online on tablets, gaming consoles, smartphones, etc. The team of developers signed a T&M pricing model and created the framework keeping with the baseline of Backbone.js. With the help of the new architecture, the development costs decreased, new features could be added, cloud support was visible, among others. Related to the streaming services, the developers added features like movie renting features and SVOD in this SDLC Real Life Example. The programmers centered on stabilizing the product and delivered on the counts of customizable multi-screen features, too. Innovative CMS Platform. A company with a need to create a management solution for web content took the help of an SDLC Example. The scope was to expand on their available CMS and make its UI more advanced. The purpose of this new UI was to create websites, mobile solutions, and intranets for companies and manage them in an efficient manner. The developers chose to go with the Agile model as the SDLC Example for this project. They started off with a web framework of the open-source variety but replaced this with a customized one. This allowed protecting the CMS API from experiencing any unwanted changes. Furthermore, the team of developers implemented a visual editor and an amenable admin UI in the layout template. Not to mention, the programmers made it possible to add updates to the platforms later, and improved the security too. Finally, at the stage of solution stabilization of this SDLC Real Life Example, the testing specialists checked to see if everything was in working order. Aside from the ability to continuously get updates, this CMS platform was made accessible for continuous testing too. After doing so, the developers provided the finished CMS platforms with flexible and modern architecture to their client. Plus, they continued providing support and maintenance to the company for years too. Conclusion. It is very important to create the correct software for enterprises to use. And because of that, focusing on the entire life cycle of the development is important at every step. There are various models of the Development Life Cycle Stages that developers can adopt, and each stage is important to notice too. Of course, it is essential to pay extra attention to each of the stages of the software development life cycle. This is mainly because any defect present during any of these phases can leave you to start all over again. Thus, constant monitoring and corrections would only improve the final product and ensure good quality in timely and cost-effective development and delivery. Frequently Asked Questions. What Is An Agile Software Development Life Cycle? Agile SDLC methodology is based on collaborative decision making between requirements and solution teams. What Is STLC? STLC (Software Testing Life Cycle) is a series of activities performed during the testing of software. What Is V Stands For In V-Shaped Model? V in the V-Shaped Model stands for the Verification and Validation model. When You Should Not Use Agile Model? Following are the scenarios when the Agile Model is not a great choice: There is no urgency in project development The team lacks professionalism Customer need document of each phase There is a need for customer approval in each stage Is Scrum An SDLC? The simple answer to this question would be NO. Scrum is not SDLC because it doesn't cover the fundamental aspects of an SDLC. What Are The Common Problems Faced During SDLC? The most common problems faced during SDLC are: Communication during the initial phase Proper management/scheduling Development & last-minute changes Crunch time testing What If The Organization Doesn't Follow SDLC Principles? The developer or the organization that doesn't follow the SDLC principles can get into trouble while dealing with complex tasks. They don't have a clear pathway. 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BodySoftware Development Life Cycle The software development life cycle (SDLC) is a series of stages that helps organizations develop software in a well-structured way. It refers to a framework with clearly defined processes for creating high-quality software. These days, many teams are moving towards an adaptive methodology, such as Agile, and moving away from more conventional ones such as the Waterfall methodology.  The Waterfall methodology usually follows a strict series of steps or phases that details how the project from beginning to end, sticking to the original requirements. Therefore, such a methodology is not adaptive to change and it usually takes a long time to deliver working software. Agile software development grew out of frustration with the traditional Waterfall methodology to accommodate change and bring about faster software releases. Agile practice helps you carry out continuous iterations of software development, with the end-goal to deliver high quality software to users as quickly as possible.  For more on the differences between Agile and Waterfall methodologies, refer to this article here. Software development life cycle stages. Despite the differences in methodologies, each development method uses the basic principles of SDLC. The only difference is that your team adapts each phase to suit the chosen methodology. Before we discuss the steps of an Agile life cycle, we will provide a general overview of the stages in a traditional software development life cycle. The 7 stages of the a software development life cycle to develop software in a well-structured way are: PlanningRequirementsSoftware designSoftware developmentTestingDeployment  The planning phase starts with defining the terms of the project by, for example, getting input from all stakeholders as well as its purpose and scope followed by determining the requirements of the application; in other words, what it’s supposed to do and the problem the software to be developed is addressing. The design phase turns the software specification into a design including its architecture and user interface. Then, the software will be developed. Developers will start the coding process so there must be proper guidelines in place to implement the process. News Afterwards, the software built will be tested before making it available for end-users to make sure it’s working as it should. Some of the testing can be automated. At this stage, developers must ensure that the software is free from bugs.  Finally, the software can be released or deployed to the production environment and made available to users.  There may be a final ‘maintenance’ phase, where bugs that weren’t discovered during testing will need to be resolved. The software may also need to be updated and additional features added in the future. Phases of the Agile life cycle. In an Agile SDLC methodology, work is done in regularly iterated cycles known as sprints, often lasting for two to four weeks. It is largely driven by customer feedback and so helps developers build software based on this feedback. Concept- this is where the product manager will determine the scope of the project. The key requirements are discussed and outlined.Inception- this is the stage where the software development team is put together and the requirements are fleshed out.Iteration- this is the longest phase as most of the work into the software is carried out here. Developers start working on the first iteration of the software to deliver the bare functionality of a product; this product is not fully functional and not the final version as it will require numerous revisions to end up with the final required functionality. However, additional features can be added in later iterations.Release- QA tests are carried out to ensure the software is fully functional as well as user training which will require documentation then the product’s final iteration can be released into production. End-users can use this product and feedback will be gathered accordingly.Maintenance- the software at this point is fully deployed and made available to customers. During this phase, developers will provide ongoing support to keep things running smoothly and remove any bugs. They would also offer additional training to users so that they know how to use the product. Further iterations may be introduced if necessary to improve the existing product and introduce new features.Retirement- the final phase is where the product may be replaced with new software or the system itself is no longer in use by the organization so they will notify users and, where relevant, help them migrate to the new system. Developers will then carry out end-of-life activities. The Agile model is more flexible and employs iterative methods, which is creating software by modifications and changing requirements to satisfy customer needs and increase productivity. Unlike a traditional model, which does not allow for major changes in later stages, it allows for rapid changes after the initial stages of the project. Additionally, since there are frequent builds within an Agile model, it offers the ability to detect any deviations from customer requirements, which can be resolved early on. Conclusion. In the end, the methodology and framework you decide to adopt will largely depend on your project needs. An Agile methodology has clear benefits as it aims to produce rapid solutions, which can enhance productivity as well as customer satisfaction by providing them with high quality software suited to their needs. Before starting your software development process, it is important to understand which methodology best fits your requirements. The size of the team, complexity of the software and engineering capability are some of the factors that you will need to consider to make an informed decision. More terms from the glossary Smoke Testing Smoke testing is a rapid regression test of major functionality to detect early errors and indicate whether the product is ready for further testing. Read description → Version Control Version control, or source control, is the practice of managing and tracking changes to software code. 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TitleSoftware Development Life Cycle: What Is SDLC? - Models & Phases
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BodyWhat is SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle)? Siften Halwai | 10 Dec 2020 What is SDLC? Definition of Software Development Life Cycle SDLC stands for Software Development Life Cycle. It consists of many clearly defined and distinct work phases. System engineers and developers use them to plan for, design, build, test, and deliver information systems. Software Development Process – Overview. It aims at producing high-quality systems that meet or exceed customer expectations based on their requirements. Software Development Life Cycle does so by delivering systems that move through each clearly defined phase within a scheduled time frame and cost estimate. It greatly influences creating a well-managed, comprehensive structure of a development project in the IT world. Thus, taking care of all the essential technical methods required to meet the ultimate fruition. Software Development Life Cycle is slightly complicated but very substantial. It follows certain compelling models and contains different phases, from the product’s ideation to complete fulfillment. Whether it’s quality, accuracy, or precision, the software development life cycle acts as a methodical, systematic process for building software or a mobile application. It is regarded as an industry benchmark and ensures better work quality by emphasizing smooth flow and correctness of the end product. Hence, the results are high-quality software as per customer expectations. Also, its detailed planning and road map helps you to plan and build software of your vision. Importance of SDLC. A question may arise in your mind as to why is the Software Development Life Cycle important. Now, there are countless advantages of SDLC to have for your design project. Though here are the common ones: It helps you to clarify what the problem or goal is. You can easily go ahead while taking on a large project. Software Development Life Cycle lets you see the goals and issues to implement your plans with precision and relevance. You can design the project with clarity. The project cannot jump from one stage to another until it completes the prior stage, and the project manager signs it off. You can create a formal review at the end of each phase to give you maximum management control. It properly tests it before installation. If you execute your project using an Software Development Life Cycle, then it goes through some necessary checks and balances. You can rest-assure about its precision testing before entering the installation stage. Even if a key project member leaves, the new member can pick up from where it left. Normally, in case of missing or incomplete paperwork, the new member has to start from the beginning or even change the project to make proper sense. But, the well-designed software development life cycle lets the new project member continue the process without any complications.  A project manager can powerfully manage a project provided the deliverables are completed on time and within the budget. It is very easy to stick to a budget when you have a well-organized plan that lets you see all the timetables and costs. The project can submit their work to an integrated system that flags anything due. It saves the project manager’s time on micromanaging. Hence, he or she can spend more time improving the production and efficiency of the project. The project can continuously loop around until perfect. The stages feed them back into the earlier stages. Hence, the Software Development Life Cycle model provides flexibility to the project. When it comes to designing and implementing a project, Software Development Life Cycle is the solution. It’s the best way to ensure optimal control, minimize problems, and allow project managers to run production. That, too, without worrying about micromanaging the project members.  So, it sums up the benefits of Software Development Life Cycle for your design project. SDLC Phases. What are the SDLC stages/phases? – How does the SDLC work? Every software development company goes through various stages for systematic software development. Here is a brief overview of all the Systems Development Life Cycle phases required for creating flawless software from planning to design and development. Planning. Planning is the root of the Software Development Life Cycle phases. In this phase, project leaders evaluate the terms of the project. It includes calculating material and labor costs, creating timetables with target goals, projects’ team, and leadership structure. Planning also includes feedback from stakeholders. You can even take feedback from potential customers, developers, subject matter experts, and sales reps.  Planning clearly defines the scope and purpose of the application. It plots the course and provisions the team for effectively creating the software. The planning process also sets boundaries and makes sure the project does not expand or shift from its original purpose. Read further about Planning → Software Development Project Planning – All You Need to Know Define Requirements. It’s a part of the planning, and it determines what the application is supposed to do and its requirements. In this phase, you clearly define and document the product requirements. Later, getting them approved from the customer or the market analysis. You can do it through an SRS (Software Requirement Specification) document that consists of all the product requirements you need to design and develop during the project life cycle. For example, a social media application requires the ability to connect with a friend. However, an inventory program may require a search feature.  It also includes defining the resources required to build the project. Let’s say a team might develop software to control a custom manufacturing machine. Then, you can say that the machine is a requirement in this Software Development process. Read further details → Requirement Analysis Phase in SDLC Design. SRS is a reference for product architects to come up with the best architecture for the product to be developed. As per the SRS requirements, you can propose and document more than one design approach for the product architecture in a DDS – Design Document Specification. All the important stakeholders review the DDS. Based on parameters like risk assessment, product robustness, design modularity, budget, and time constraints, selecting the best design approach is done. The design approach speaks of all the product’s architectural modules and its communication and data flow representation with external and third-party modules. You must clearly define all the proposed architecture modules’ internal design, taking care of DDS’s minor details. Prototyping is also a part of the Design phase. It is like one of the early versions of software in the iterative software development model. The process demonstrates a basic idea of how the application would look and work. You can show such a “hands-on” design to stakeholders and use their feedback to improve the application. Making changes during the prototype phase is less expensive than rewriting the code for the development phase. Read more → SDLC Design Phase – Everything You Need to Know Development. It is the actual writing of the program. A single developer might be writing a small project, but you can break it up for a large project, and several teams can work on it. You can use Access Control or Source Code Management application in this phase. Such systems help developers to track changes to the code. It also ensures compatibility between different team projects and achieving the target goals. The coding process consists of many other tasks too. It is critical to find and fix errors and glitches. So, developers need to brush their skills if required and work as one team. Often, tasks such as waiting for test results or code compilation hold up the development process to run an application. Software Development Life Cycle plays a crucial role in such cases. It anticipates such delays so that developers can perform other important duties. Software developers appreciate relevant instructions and explanations. Documentation could be a formal process, like wiring a user for the application. However, it can be informal, too, like comments in the source code explaining why a developer used a particular procedure. Companies striving to create software that’s easy and intuitive also benefit from the documentation. Documentation can also be a quick guided tour of the app’s basic features that you display on the first launch. It may be video tutorials for complex tasks. Written documentation such as user guides, troubleshooting guides, and FAQs help users solve problems or technical issues. Read further → SDLC Development Phase – A Detailed Overview Testing. Testing is a crucial part of software development life cycle phases as it’s important to test an application before you make it available to the users. Like security testing, you can automate much of the testing. However, you can do another testing only in a specific environment. So, you can consider creating a simulated production environment for complex deployments. Testing must ensure that everything functions smoothly. You can test different parts of the application to confirm if they are working seamlessly together. Also, performance test, to reduce any lags or hangs in processing. The testing phase helps in reducing the number of bugs and glitches that users encounter. Thus, leading to higher user satisfaction and better usage rate. Read further → Testing Phase in SDLC Deployment. Here, the application is made available to the users. Many companies opt for automating the deployment phase. It can be as simple as a download link and payment portal on the company website. You can also download the application on a smartphone. Deployment can also be complex at times. Upgrading a company-wide database to a newly-developed app is one such example. As the database uses several other systems too, integrating the upgrade can take more time and effort. Read more → SDLC Deployment Phase – A Step by Step Guide Maintenance. By this point, the Software Development Life Cycle is almost finished. The users start using the application too. However, the maintenance phase is still very important. Here, the users discover bugs that were unfound during the testing phase. So, you need to resolve them as soon as possible. Apart from bug fixes, you may need to upgrade, maintain, polish, redesign, and enhance the application as per the customer feedback. It is a crucial time to modify the application’s functionalities to increase its performance vigorously. Hence, you would meet the actual needs of your target audience. Read more about Maintenance → Maintenance Phase in SDLC Looking to Hire Software Developers for your project? We have a team of highly professional and skilled developers in the market. Software Development Life Cycle Models. A good software engineer should have excellent knowledge of choosing the SDLC model based on the project context and business requirements. You can think of SDLC Methodologies as tools that would help you in better delivery of software projects. There are various types of Software Development Methodologies. Hence, it becomes important to know and understand about each Model and when to use it. Their advantages and disadvantages will give you a better idea of which one is more suitable for your project. So, let’s have a look at each of the Software Development Life Cycle Models for a better understanding. Waterfall Model. The SDLC Waterfall model is the oldest of all the methodologies. You can also refer to it as a linear-sequential life cycle model. The Waterfall Model is very simple to use and understand. Here, each phase completes before the next phase begins, and there is no overlapping in the stages. It is the earliest of all the software development life cycle models. The Model illustrates the software development process in a linear sequential flow. It means that any phase in the development process would begin only if the previous phase is complete. The phases do not overlap here. Waterfall Model – Design. It was the first widely used Software Development Life Cycle Model in Software Engineering to ensure the success of the project. Here, the whole process of software development divides into separate phases. One phase’ input acts as the output for the next phase sequentially. The following illustration represents the different phases of the Waterfall Model System Development Life Cycle: Below are the sequential phases in the SDLC Waterfall Model: Requirement Gathering and Analysis: All the system’s possible requirements you want to develop are captured here and documented in a requirement specification document.System Design: A study of the requirement specifications from the first phase and the system design is developed. This design helps in specifying the hardware and system requirements and defines the overall system architecture.Implementation: The system then develops in small programs called units that get integrated into the next phase. All the units are developed and tested for their functionality, and this process is called Unit Testing.Testing and Integration: The units you develop in the implementation phase are integrated into a system after testing all the units. After the integration, the entire system is tested for any faults and failures.System Deployment: Once you do the functional and non-functional testing, the product is deployed in the customer environment or released into the market.Maintenance: Some issues may come up in the client environment. Patches help in fixing those issues. The better versions would enhance the product. Thus, maintenance helps to deliver these changes in the customer environment. All these Software Development Life Cycle phases cascade to each other, and you can see the progress flowing steadily downwards (like a waterfall) through the phases. The next phase starts after achieving some defined set of goals for the previous phase and is signed off. Hence, the name “Waterfall Model.” The phases do not overlap here. Waterfall Model – Application. Every software you develop is different and demands a proper software development life cycle approach based on internal and external factors. The use of the Waterfall Software Development Model is the most appropriate in the following situations: Well documented, clear, and has fixed requirements.Stable product definition.Technology is not dynamic and is easily understood.No ambiguous requirements.Ample resources with the required expertise are available for the product.The project is short. Advantages of Waterfall Model. Waterfall development allows for departmentalization and control. You can set a schedule with deadlines for each stage of development. Plus, a product proceeding through the development process model phases one by one. Development moves across concept, design, implementation, testing, installation, and troubleshooting. It then ends up at operation and maintenance. Each development phase proceeds in strict order.  Below are some of the major benefits of Waterfall Model: Easy and simple to understand and use.The rigidity of the ModelModel makes it easier to manage. Each of the phases has specific deliverables and review processes.Phases are processed and completed, one each at a time.Works very well for smaller projects where the requirements are well understood.Clear and well-defined stages.Easy to arrange tasks.Well understood, milestones.Well documented process and results. Disadvantages of Waterfall Model. It does not enable much reflection or revision. Once an application comes into the testing phase, it is very difficult to go back and change the one that was not well-documented or thought of in the concept stage. Here are some of the major cons of the Waterfall Model SDLC: It does not produce working software until late during the life cycle.High risk and uncertainty.It is not a good model for object-oriented, complex projects.Not suitable for projects where requirements are at a moderate to high risk of changing. So, it has a higher risk and uncertainty level.It is a poor model for long, ongoing projects.It is difficult to measure progress within the stages.Cannot accommodate changing environments.Integration happens as a “big-bang” at the very end. So, it does not allow identifying any technological or business bottleneck earlier.A project can end on adjusting the scope during the life cycle.sting the scope during the life cycle. Further Reading → Waterfall Model Complete Guide  Iterative Model. The Iterative SDLC Methodology begins with a simple implementation of a small set of software requirements. It iteratively enhances the evolving versions until you implement the entire system and deploy it.  The Model does not attempt to start with a full specification of requirements. The development starts by specifying and implementing just a part of the software you can review to identify further requirements. The process then repeats, producing a new version of the software at the end of each Model’s iteration. Iterative Model – Design. The Iterative process begins with a simple implementation of a subset of software requirements. That iteratively enhances the evolving versions until you implement the whole system. The design modifications are made at each iteration, adding new functional capabilities. The key factor behind this method is to develop a system through repeated cycles (Iterative) and in smaller portions at a time (Incremental). The following illustrates the representation of the Iterative and Incremental Model: Iterative and Incremental development is a mixture of both – Iterative and incremental build models for development. While developing the software, more than one iteration of the software development cycle may simultaneously progress. You may describe such a process as an “Evolutionary Acquisition” or “Incremental Build” Approach. In the Incremental Model, the fundamental requirement gets divided into various builds. The development module passes through the requirements, design, implementation, and testing phases during each iteration. Each subsequent release adds function to the previous releases. Then, the process would continue till the entire system is ready as per the requirements. The key to the successful use of an iterative software development lifecycle is rigorous validation of requirements. Plus, verification and testing of each version of the software against the requirements within each cycle of the Model. As the software passes through successive cycles, you must repeat the tests and extend them to verify each software version.  Iterative Model – Application. Just like other SDLC Methodologies, Iterative and Incremental development has some specific applications in the software industry. You can often use it in the following scenarios: The requirements of the entire system are clearly defined and understood.You must specify the major requirements. However, some requested enhancements or functionalities may evolve with time.There is time for market constraint.The development team is using and learning a new technology while working on the project.Resources with required skill sets are unavailable and to be used on a contract basis for particular iterations.It involves some high-risk features and goals that may alter in the future.  Advantages of Iterative Model. The benefit of using this Model is that there is a working model of the system at a very early development stage. That makes it easier to find functional or design flaws. Finding issues in the earlier stages of development enables you to take corrective measures with a minimum budget. The advantages of the Iterative and Incremental Model are as follows: You can develop some working functionalities quickly and early in the life cycle.You can obtain the results earlier and periodically.You can plan for parallel development.You can measure progress.It is less costly to change the scope/requirements.Testing and debugging is easy during smaller iterations.You can easily identify and resolve risks during iteration. Plus, each iteration is an easily managed milestone.It is easy to work as the high-risk part happens earlier.It delivers operational products with every increment.You can apply issues, challenges, and risks identified from each increment to the next increment.Risk analysis is better.It supports changing requirements.Initial operation time is less.It is better suited for large and mission-critical projects.It produces the software early during the life cycle, which facilitates customer evaluation and feedback. Disadvantages of Iterative Model. It applies only to large and bulky software development projects. That is because it is hard to break a small software system into further small serviceable increments. Below are the disadvantages of the Iterative Model SDLC and Incremental Model: You may require more resources.Despite the lesser change in cost, it is not suitable for changing requirements.It needs more managerial attention.You may face system architecture or design issues as all the requirements do not gather at the beginning of the entire life cycle.You may require a definition of the complete system to define increments.It is not suitable for smaller projects.It has more management complexity.The end of the project may be unknown; hence it is a risk.You will require highly skilled resources for risk analysis.Projects’ progress highly depends on the risk analysis phase.  Further Reading → Managing Iterative Development Projects Guide Spiral Model SDLC. The Spiral SDLC Methodology combines iterative development with the systematic, controlled aspects of the Waterfall Model. It’s the combination of the Iterative development process model and sequential linear development model.  That is the Waterfall model with a high emphasis on risk analysis. It allows the incremental release/refinement of the product through each iteration around the spiral.  Spiral Model – Design. The Spiral Model consists of four phases. A software project would repeatedly pass through these phases in iterations called Spirals. Identification It begins with gathering the business requirements in the baseline spiral. As the product matures, identification of system, sub-system, and unit requirements are all made in this phase in the subsequent spirals.  It also includes the understanding of system requirements by continuous communication between the customer and the system analyst. At the end of the spiral, it is time to deploy the product in the identified market. Design It starts with the conceptual design in the baseline spiral and includes architectural, logical, physical, and final designs in the subsequent spirals. Construct or Build It refers to the production of actual software products at every spiral. In a baseline spiral, when you think of a product and develop the design, the developed POC (Proof of Concept) helps you with customer feedback.  With more clarity on requirements and design details in the subsequent trials, a working model of the software known as “build” is produced with a version number. Such builds are sent to the customer for feedback. Evaluation and Risk Analysis It includes identifying, estimating, and monitoring technical feasibility and management risks like schedule slippage and cost over-run. After testing the build, the customer evaluates the software and provides feedback at the end of the first iteration. The following illustrates the representation of the Spiral Model SDLC, listing the activities in each phase: Based on customer evaluation, the software development process enters the next iteration. It then subsequently follows the linear approach to implement customer-suggested feedback. The process of iterations along the spirals goes on throughout the life of the software. Spiral Model – Application. It’s widely used in the software industry as it is in sync with any product’s natural development process. That is, learning with the maturity that involves minimal risk for the customer and development firms. The below pointers show the typical uses of a Spiral Model: When you have a budget constraint, and risk evaluation is important.Medium to high-risk projects.You have a long-term project commitment due to potential changes to economic priorities.When the customers are unsure of their requirements, and it is usually the case.When the requirements are complex, and you need an evaluation to get clarity.You need to release a new product line in phases to get customer feedback.You expect significant changes in the product during the development cycle. Advantages of Spiral Model. It allows the product elements that you need to add in when they become available or known. It assures of no conflict with previous requirements and design. It’s consistent with approaches with multiple software builds and releases that enable an orderly transition to maintenance activity. Plus, the Spiral Model forces an early user involvement in the system development effort.  The benefits of using Spiral SDLC Methodology are as follows: You can accommodate the changing requirements. It allows extensive use of prototypes.It lets you capture the requirements more accurately.Users can see the system early.You can divide the development into smaller parts and develop them earlier for better risk management.  Disadvantages of Spiral Model. It takes strict management to complete such products and involves the risk of running the spiral in an indefinite loop. Hence, the discipline of change and the extent of taking change requests is very crucial to develop and deploy the product successfully.  Below are the cons of using Spiral Model SDLC: Its management is more complex.You may not know the end of the project earlier.It is not suitable for small or low-risk projects and costly for small projects.Its process is complex.The spiral may go on indefinitely.Its large number of intermediate stages may require excessive documentation. SDLC V-Model. It’s an SDLC Model where the execution of processes happens sequentially in a V-shape. You can also call it the “Verification and Validation Model.” The V-Model in SDLC is an extension of the Waterfall Model. It works on the association of a testing phase for each corresponding development phase. Thus, there is a directly associated testing phase for every single phase in the development cycle. It’s a highly disciplined model, and the next phase would start only after the completion of the previous one.  V-Shaped SDLC Model – Design. Here, you can plan the corresponding testing phase of the development process parallelly. On one side of the ‘V,’ there are Verification phases and Validation phases on the other side. The coding phase would join the two sides of the V-Model. The following illustration would depict the different phases of the V-Shaped Model in SDLC: SDLC V-Model – Verification Phases. There are many verification phases in the SDLC V-Model. Its detailed explanation is as follows: Business Requirement Analysis It’s the first phase in the development to understand the product requirements from the customer’s perspective. The process involves thorough communication with the customer to understand his expectations and requirements.  It’s a crucial activity and needs more attention as most customers are unsure about their needs. Then, you can do the acceptance test design planning. Thus, using the business requirements as an input for acceptance testing. System Design Once you have a clear and detailed idea about the product requirements, it is time to design the whole system. The system has a better understanding and detailing of the complete hardware and its communication setup under development. You can then develop the system test plan based on the system design. Doing it at an earlier stage leaves more time for the actual test execution later on. Architectural Design You understand and design the architectural specifications in this phase. More than one technical approach is proposed here, and you can make the final decision based on the technical and financial feasibility. Then, the system design is further broken down into modules, taking up different functionalities. You can also refer to it as High-Level Design (HLD). The transfer of data and communication between the internal modules and other systems is clearly understood and defined in this phase. With such information, you can design and document integration tests at this stage. Module Design Here, all the system modules’ detailed internal design is specified, referred to as Low-Level Design (LLD). The designs must be compatible with other modules in the system architecture and external systems. The unit tests are a vital part of any development process and help to eliminate the maximum errors and faults at an early stage. You can design them in this stage based on the internal module designs. SDLC V-Model – Coding Phase. The actual coding of the system modules you design in the design phase is taken up. You decide on the best suitable programming language based on the system and architectural requirements. The coding is done based on the coding guidelines and standards. The code goes through various code reviews, and you can optimize it for the best performance before checking the final build into the repository.  SDLC V-Model – Validation Phases. Here is a brief description of different validation phases in a V-Model: Unit Testing The unit tests that you design in the module design phase are executed during this phase. It’s the testing at the code level and helps eliminate bugs early, though you cannot uncover all the defects.  Integration Testing It is associated with the architectural design phase. You perform integration tests to test the coexistence and communication of the internal modules within the system. System Testing It is directly associated with the system design phase. The system tests check the complete system functionality and communication under development with the externals systems. Most of the issues related to software and hardware do not cover during this system test execution. Acceptance Testing It is linked with the business requirement analysis phase and includes testing the product in a user environment. Acceptance tests uncover the compatibility issues with other systems available in the user environment. It also lets you discover non-functional problems such as performance and load defects in the actual user environment.  SDLC V-Model – Application. It is almost the same as the Waterfall Model as they both are sequential. Your requirements must be clear before the project starts as it’s expensive going back and making the changes. The Model is used in the medical development field as it is strictly a disciplined domain.  The following pointers represent the scenarios where you can use the V-Model application: You have well-defined, clearly documented, and fixed requirements.The product definition is stable.When you don’t have a dynamic technology and your team easily understands it.There are no undefined or ambiguous requirements.You have a short project. Advantages of V-Model. It is easy to understand and apply. The simplicity of this Model makes it easier to manage. Now, let’s have a look at the benefits of the V-Model in brief. It’s a high discipline model, and phases get completed one at a time.It works good for smaller projects where requirements are well understood.It’s easy and simple to understand and use.You can easily manage it due to its rigidity. Each phase has specific deliverables and the review process. Disadvantages of V-Model. The V-Model is not flexible to changes. So, in case of a common requirement change in today’s dynamic world, it’s very costly to make such changes. The cons of V-Shaped SDLC Model are as follows: It has a high risk and is uncertain.It is not a good model for complex and object-oriented projects.It’s a poor model for long and ongoing projects.It is not suitable for projects where the requirements are at a moderate to high risk of changing.Once your application is in the testing stage, it is difficult to go back and change its functionality.You can’t produce any working software until late during the life cycle.  Big Bang Model SDLC. It is an SDLC Model where you do not follow any specific process. The development starts with the required money and efforts as the input and the developed software as the output. Though, it may or may not be as per customer requirements.  The SDLC Big Bang Model does not follow a specific process and needs very little planning. Even the customers are unsure about their wants, and the requirements get implemented on the fly without much analysis. You can follow this Model for small projects where the development teams are small. Big Bang Model SDLC – Design and Application. The Model comprises focusing all the possible resources in the software development and coding, with little to no planning. It understands and implements the requirements as they come. There may or may not need to revamp the entire software in case of changes. The Big Bang Model is ideal for small projects with one or more developers working together and is useful for academic or practice projects. It is a perfect model when you do not understand the requirements well and do not have the final release date. Advantages of Big Bang Model. It is simple and requires little to no planning. The Model is easy to manage and does not require any formal procedure.  The advantages of Big Bang Model are as under: It’s a very simple model.It needs little to no planning.It is easy to manage.It requires minimum resources.It provides flexibility to developers.It is a good learning aid for students or newcomers. Disadvantages of Big Bang Model. It is a high-risk model, and changes in the requirements or misunderstood requirements may lead to complete reversal or scraping of the project. The Big Bang Model is ideal for small or repetitive projects with minimum risks. The disadvantages of Big Bang Model are as under: It has a high risk and is uncertain.It is not a good model for complex and object-oriented projects.It is a poor model for long and ongoing projects.It can be very expensive if you misunderstand the requirements. Agile Model. Agile Software Development Methodology is a combination of iterative and incremental process models. The Model focuses on process adaptability and customer satisfaction by rapid delivery of working software products.  It breaks the product into small incremental builds, provided in iterations. Each iteration generally lasts from one to three weeks. It involves cross-functional teams working simultaneously on various areas as below: Planning Requirement AnalysisDesigning Coding Unit TestingAcceptance Testing At the end of the iteration, you can display a working product to the customer and important stakeholders. Read in Detail: What is the Agile Software Development Model? What is Agile Methodology? The Agile SDLC Methodology believes that you need to handle every project differently and tailor the existing methods to best suit the project requirements. Here, the tasks are divided into time boxes (small time frames) to deliver specific release features.  It takes on the Iterative approach and delivers the working software build after each iteration. Each build is incremental, and the final build holds all the features as per the customer requirements. Below is a graphical representation of the Agile Model: The Agile Software Development Methodology started quite earlier and became popular with time due to its flexibility and adaptability. The popular Agile methods include Rational Unified Process (1994), Scrum (1995), Extreme Programming (1996), Crystal Clear, Feature Driven Development, Adaptive Software Development, and Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) (1995). They are collectively referred to as Agile Methodologies after the publishing of Agile Manifesto in 2001. Below are the Agile Manifesto Principles: Individuals and interactions – Self-organization and motivation are important in Agile development, as are interactions like co-location and pair programming.Working software – Instead of depending on the documentation, demo operating software works as the best communication mode to understand the customer requirements. Customer collaboration – As you cannot completely gather the requirements at the beginning of the project, continuous customer interaction is vital to get proper product requirements.Responding to change – Agile development aims to focus on quick responses to change and continuous development. Agile vs Traditional SDLC Models. Agile Model SDLC works on adaptive software development methods, while the traditional SDLC models like the Waterfall Model works on a predictive approach. The predictive teams in the traditional SDLC models work with detailed planning. They have a complete forecast of the same tasks and features you need to deliver in the next few months or the product life cycle. The predictive methods completely depend on the requirement analysis and planning done at the beginning of the cycle. Any changes that you want to incorporate goes through strict change control management and prioritization. Agile uses an adaptive approach that needs no detailed planning, and there is clarity on future tasks only concerning the features you want to develop. There is a feature-driven development, and the team adapts to the changing product requirements dynamically. The product is often tested through the release iterations, minimizing the risk of any major failures in the future.  Customer Interaction is the backbone of Agile SDLC Methodology, and open communication with minimum documentation is its typical feature. The Agile teams collaborate and are most often located in the same geographical location.  Pros and Cons of Agile Model. The Agile SDLC Methodologies are very popular in the software world recently. However, it may not always be suitable for all the products. So, let’s discuss some of the pros and cons of the Agile Model. The advantages of Agile Model are as below: It’s a very realistic approach to software development.It promotes teamwork and cross-training.You can rapidly develop its functionality and demonstrate it.Its resource requirements are minimum.It is suitable for fixed or changing requirements.It delivers early and partial working solutions.It is a good model for steadily changing environments.It has minimum rules and easily employed documentation.It enables concurrent development and delivery within the overall planned context.It requires little to no planning.It is very easy to manage.It provides flexibility to developers. Now, the disadvantages of Agile Model are as under: The Model is not suitable for handling complex dependencies.There is more risk of sustainability, extensibility, and maintainability.An overall plan, Agile PM, and an Agile leader practice is crucial as it will not work without them.The strict delivery management would dictate the scope, functionality to be delivered, and the adjustments to meet the deadlines.The Agile Model heavily depends on customer interaction. So, if the customer is unclear, then the team will drive in the wrong direction.Since there is minimum documentation generated, there is a very high individual dependency.The technology transfer to new team members can be challenging due to a lack of documentation. Rapid Application Development. The RAD (Rapid Application Development) Model works on prototyping and iterative development with no specific planning. The process of writing the software itself includes the planning necessary to develop the product. The Rapid Application Development focuses on the following pointers:  Gathering customer requirements through workshops or focus groups.Early testing of prototypes by the customer using iterative concepts.Reuse of the existing prototypes.Continuous integration, andRapid delivery. What is RAD? Rapid Application Development is a software development method that makes use of minimal planning, favoring rapid prototyping. A prototype is a working model, functionally equivalent to a component of the product. In the RAD SDLC Model, you develop the functional modules parallel as prototypes and integrate them to form the complete product for faster product delivery. As there is no detailed preplanning, it’s easier to incorporate the changes within the development process. The RAD projects follow iterative and incremental models and have small teams. They comprise developers, domain experts, customer representatives, and other IT resources working progressively on their components or prototypes. The most important aspect to make this Model successful is to ensure that the developed prototypes are reusable. RAD Model – Design. It distributes the analysis, design, builds, and test phases into a series of short, iterative development cycles. Now, the various phases of the Rapid Application Development Model are as below: Business Modelling You can design the business model for the product under development as per the flow and distribution of information between various business channels. Complete business analysis helps you find vital information for the business. You would know how you can obtain it, how and when the information process, and the factors influencing the successful flow of information.  Data Modelling The information you gather in the Business Modelling phase is reviewed and analyzed to form sets of data objects vital for the business. The attributes of all the data sets are identified and defined. The relation between such data objects is established and defined in detail under the business model. Process Modelling The data object sets that you define in the Data Modelling stage are converted to establish the business information flow required to achieve specific business objectives as per the business model. The process model for any changes to the data object sets is defined in this phase. Process descriptions to add, delete, retrieve, or modify a data object are given. Application Generation Here, you can build the actual system and do coding using automation tools to convert the process and data models into actual prototypes. Testing and Turnover The overall testing time gets reduced in the RAD Model as you can independently test the prototypes during each iteration. However, you need to thoroughly test the data flow and the interfaces between all the components with complete test coverage. As you have already tested most of the programming components, it reduces the risk of any major issues. The following example describes the RAD SDLC Methodology in detail: RAD Model vs Traditional SDLC. The traditional SDLC follows a rigid process with a high emphasis on requirement analysis and gathering before the coding would start. Before the project starts, it puts pressure on the customer to sign off the requirements, and the customer gets no feel of the product due to the unavailability of working build for a long time. The customer would want to make some changes after he gets to see the software. However, the change process is very rigid and may not be feasible to incorporate major product changes in the traditional SDLC. The RAD Model focuses on incremental and iterative delivery of working models to the customer. It results in rapid delivery to the customer and their involvement during the complete product development cycle. Thus, reducing the risk of non-conformance with the actual user requirements. RAD Model – Application. You can successfully RAD Model to the projects in which clear modularization is possible. If you are unable to break the project into modules, then the RAD may fail. Now, the following pointers will help you with where you can use the Rapid Application Development Methodology: You can use RAD only when you can modularize a system to deliver incrementally.You can use it when there is a high availability of designers for Modelling.You should use it only if the budget permits the use of automated code generating tools. You must choose the RAD SDLC Model only if the domain experts are available with relevant business knowledge.You should use it where the requirements change during the project, and you have to present the working prototypes to customers in small iterations of 2-3 months. Rapid Application Development Pros and Cons. The RAD Model provides you rapid delivery as it reduces the overall development time due to the reusability of components and parallel development. RAD works well equipped that high-skilled engineers are available, and the customer is equally committed to achieving the targeted prototype in the given time frame. If there is a lack of commitment on any of the sides, then the Model may fail.  The advantages of RAD Model are as follows: You can accommodate the changing requirements.You can measure progress.You can shorten the iteration time using powerful RAD tools.It provides productivity with minimal people in a short period.Reduced development time.It increases the reusability of components.It offers quick initial reviews.It encourages customer feedback.Integration, right from the beginning, solves the problems related to integration.  The disadvantages of RAD Model are as under: It highly depends on technically strong team members to identify the business requirements.You can build only the system that you can modularize using RAD.It requires highly skilled developers.It is highly dependent on modeling skills.It is inapplicable to cheaper projects as the cost of Modelling, and automated code generation is very high.The management complexity is more.It is more suitable for systems that are component-based and scalable.It requires user involvement throughout the life cycle.It is more suitable for projects that require shorter development times. Prototyping Model. The Prototyping Model in Software Engineering refers to building software application prototypes that display the product’s functionality under development. But, it may not hold the exact logic of the original software. Prototyping is gaining more popularity as a software development model as it lets you understand customer requirements at an early stage of development. It helps you get valuable feedback from the customer. Plus, the Model also helps software designers and developers understand what is expected from the product under development. What is Prototyping? A Prototype is a working software model with some limited functionality. It does not always hold the exact logic used in the actual software application. So, a prototype is an extra effort that you can consider under effort estimation. The Prototype Model of SDLC is mainly used to enable users to evaluate developer proposals and try them out before implementation. It also helps you understand user-specific requirements, and the developers may not have considered them during the product design. Below mentioned is a stepwise approach as to how to design a software prototype: Basic Requirement Identification It includes the understanding of very basic product requirements, especially in terms of the user interface. You can ignore the more intricate details of the internal design and external aspects like security and performance at this stage. Initial Prototype Development In this stage, you develop an initial prototype to showcase the basic requirements and provide user interfaces. However, these features may not work in the same manner internally in the developed software. You can make use of workarounds to give the same look and feel to the customer in the developed prototype. Prototype Review It’s time to present the developed prototype to the customer and other important stakeholders in the project. The feedback is then collected in an organized manner and used for further enhancements in the product under development.  Revise and Enhance the Prototype You can discuss the feedback and the review comments at this stage. You can negotiate with the customer based on the factors like – time and budget constraints and the technical feasibility of the actual implementation. The accepted changes are again incorporated in the new, developed prototype, and this cycle keeps repeating until the customer expectations meet. Prototypes can have two dimensions – horizontal or vertical. The horizontal one displays the user interface for the product and offers a broader view of the entire system without concentrating on the internal functions. On the other hand, a vertical prototype elaborates a specific function or a sub-system in the product.      The purpose of both the prototypes, horizontal, and vertical, is different. The horizontal prototypes are used to get more information on the business requirements and the user interface level. You can also present it in the sales demos to get business in the market. However, the vertical prototypes are technical and are used to get details for the sub-system’s exact functioning—for example, database requirements, data processing loads, and interaction in a given sub-system. Prototyping Model – Types. There are various types of Prototypes used in the industry. The major Prototyping types widely used are as follows: Rapid/Throwaway Prototyping It is also known as Rapid or Close-ended prototyping. It uses very little effort with minimum requirement analysis to build a prototype. Once you understand the actual requirements, you can discard the prototype, and you can develop the actual system with a clearer understanding of user requirements. Evolutionary Prototyping Evolutionary prototyping is known as breadboard prototyping. It works on building the actual functional prototypes with minimal functionality in the beginning. The developed prototype forms the heart of the future prototypes above which the entire system is built. Making use of evolutionary prototyping, you can include the well-understood requirements in the prototype. Thus, adding the requirements as and when they are understood. Incremental Prototyping It refers to building multiple functional prototypes of various sub-systems and integrating all the available prototypes to form a complete system. Extreme Prototyping You can mainly use Extreme prototyping in the web development domain, and it consists of three sequential phases. First, you can present a basic prototype of all the existing pages in the HTML format.  Then, you can simulate the data processing using a prototype services layer. Thus, implementing and integrating the services to the final one. This process is known as Extreme Prototyping. It is useful to draw your attention to the second phase of the process, where a functional UI is built with very little regard to the actual services.  Prototyping Methodology – Application. Prototyping is useful to you in developing systems with high levels of user interactions, such as online systems. Systems that require users to fill out forms or go through various screens before processing the data can use prototyping very effectively. It helps you to give an exact look and feel even before you develop the actual software.  Advantages of Prototyping Model. The Prototyping Model is useful in typical cases, and you must make the decision very carefully so that your efforts put considerable value to the developed product.  The benefits of using Prototyping Model are as follows: It helps you in increasing the user involvement in the product even before the implementation. The display of the system’s working model helps users get a better understanding of the system under development.It reduces your time and cost as you can detect the defects much earlier.Its quicker user feedback leads to better solutions.You can easily identify the missing functionality.It helps you to identify confusing or difficult functions. Disadvantages of Prototyping Model. The cons of using the Prototyping Model are as follows: It involves the risk of insufficient requirement analysis. Thus, leading to too much dependency on the prototype.It may confuse the users in the prototypes and actual systems.It may increase the system’s complexity as the scope of the system may expand beyond original plans.The developers may try to reuse the existing prototypes to build the actual system, even when it is technically unfeasible.If you do not monitor it properly, you may have to put in a lot of effort to build prototypes. Planning to Hire Software Developers for your project? We have a team of highly experienced and dedicated developers in the business.  SDLC FAQs. Why is Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) used? It is essential to have an SDLC in place, to transform the idea of a project into a functional and completely operational structure. Apart from covering the technical aspects of system development, SDLC helps with process development, user experience, change management, and policies. Which SDLC Model is better – Agile or Waterfall? Agile Model is suitable for all kinds of projects. There are very few companies that follow the Waterfall Model. It’s suitable only if the application is small, simple, and there are no changes in the requirement. Hence, Agile is preferable.  Does Google use Agile or Waterfall? Google adopted a combination of Agile Scrum and Waterfall Methodologies as it let them use procedures they were comfortable with. They can switch between methods based on the needs of each project. Why is the SDLC Waterfall Model less preferable? The disadvantage of Waterfall Software Development is that it disallows much reflection or revision. Once your application is in the testing stage, it is difficult to go back and change something that was not well-documented or thought upon in the concept stage.  Why is Agile Model SDLC the best? The Agile model in a Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) allows companies to develop and release software changes in small segments frequently. It will enable management to implement changes more quickly and the project team to be more flexible to scope changes. Is Scrum an SDLC? Scrum is not an SDLC as it does not cover all of the generally accepted things that are part of an SDLC. There are no mentions of common initiation or inception activities such as forming a team or identifying an initial scope or how the work will be funded.  What is the difference between SDLC and Scrum? In both SDLC & Scrum methods, an iteration or module is not passed on until done. But the difference between the two is that in Scrum projects, evaluation of a module is present before it is passed along. In traditional SDLC, the project flow passes along without stopping with hopes of a good outcome. What is STLC? STLC stands for Software Testing Life Cycle. It is a sequence of different activities carried out by the testing team to ensure the quality of the software or the product. As soon as the development phase is over, the testers are ready with test cases and start to execute.  Which testing is performed first? In a comprehensive software development environment, you usually do the bottom-up testing first, followed by top-down testing. The whole process concludes with multiple tests of the complete application, preferably in scenarios designed to mimic actual situations.  What is SDLC Policy? The purpose of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Policy is to describe the requirements for developing and/or implementing new software and systems at the University of Kansas. Also, ensuring that all development work is compliant related to any or all regulatory, statutory, federal, and/or state guidelines. Why do we need secure SDLC? The main benefits of adopting a secure SDLC include:  It makes security an ongoing concern – including all stakeholders in the security considerations.It helps to detect flaws early in the development process – reducing business risks for the organization.It reduces costs by detecting and resolving issues early in the life cycle. What is the most significant process lapse in secure SDLC? The most significant lapse in secure SDLC is the provision of Finance. It requires a considerable amount of finance to secure SDLC, and any disruption in it will lead to failure. What is the source code in SDLC? Source code consists of statements created with a visual programming tool or a text editor and then saved in a file. It is the most permanent form of a program, even though it may later be modified, improved, or upgraded. It can be either static or dynamic.  What is Assassin in SDLC? Assassin is an Idle Process Management (IPM) software product that automatically performs pre-defined actions on processes that are idle, inactive, or meet particular conditions. How many companies use Agile? The report shows 97% of organizations are now practicing Agile Methodologies. You can’t say that its use is universal. However, only 22% of respondents report that all their teams are Agile, 26% more than half, and 48% less than half. Get Quote. Recent Posts. DevOps List of top 10 monitoring tools in DevOps! The tools, methods, and culture connected with DevOps have improved… January 13, 2022 6 Min Read Technology JavaScript Vs Python: The complete difference. 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TitleThe software development life cycle and its application - EMU ...
Urlhttps://commons.emich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1588&context=honors
DescriptionThe SDLC includes the following phases: planning and requirement analysis, design and development, implementation, testing, integration, and maintenance. In ...
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TitleSDLC Waterfall Model: The 6 phases you need to know about
Urlhttps://rezaid.co.uk/sdlc-waterfall-model/
DescriptionWaterfall Model is the earliest method for software development. Its logical progression and minimal chance of risk is the reason for its popularity
DateFeb 12, 2019
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BodyClient Portal Copyright 2020 Rezaid | All Rights Reserved SDLC Waterfall Model: The 6 phases you need to know about View Larger Image By Amna Zulqadar•Updated on Feb 12, 2019 Software development is a process that involves the creation and maintenance of frameworks, applications and other software elements. This process comprises of activities such as: requirements analysis, defining specifications, designing, constructing, and testing maintenance of the software product. There is a wide range of software designing models available to hand-pick in accordance with the objectives, needs and constraints of the project. In this article, we will be discussing the Waterfall Model, with in-depth focus on logical progression of this development life cycle. The Waterfall Model, also known as the Linear-Sequential Life-cycle Model, is one of the first process models introduced for software development. As the name implies, this model’s process of downward mechanism is similar to that of a waterfall. The whole process is divided into sequential stages, and it is imperative to complete each phase successfully in order to move onto the next one. According to the International Software Testing Qualifications Board, the Waterfall Model consists of 6 phases: 1. Requirements Analysis. In this phase, all requirements of the project are analysed and documented in a specification document and a feasibility analysis is done to check if these requirements are valid. It is essential to consider any limitations and constraints (e.g. time, budget constraints) which can affect the development process. After thorough analysis, a Requirements Understanding Documents (RUD) is created. 2. System Design. In this phase, the system design is prepared which specifies hardware and system requirements, such as data layers, programming languages, network infrastructure, user interface etc. It helps define the overall system architecture, which is further divided into: a) High-level design phase. This is the first stage of system design and architecture. It includes a list and functionality of modules, correlation between these modules, architecture diagrams, and database tables. This phase ends with the creation of a  High-level Design document. b) Low-level design phase. This involves designing actual software components. The High-level Design created in the previous phase is disintegrated into separate modules. The Low-level Design document describes each module (pseudo-code), which enables the programmer to code directly from the document. It also contains interface details, error-message listings, dependency issues, inputs and outputs for each module. 3. Implementation. As the name implies, in this phase the source code is written as per requirements. The physical design specifications are turned into a working code. The system is developed in small programs called units, after which these units are integrated. Sometimes, functionality of each unit is tested before integration, which is called Unit Testing. 4. Testing. The code is then handed over to the testing team. Testers check the program for all possible defects, by running test cases either manually or by automation. The client is involved in the testing phase as well, in order to ensure all requirements are met. All Flaws and bugs detected during this phase are fixed to ensure Quality Assurance. 5. Deployment. In this phase, the software is deployed into a live environment (client’s server) in order to test its performance. Once the software is deployed, it becomes available to end-users. Sometimes, this phase also includes training of real-time users to communicate benefits of the system. 6. Maintenance. After the deployment phase, the next step is to provide support and maintenance for the software, making sure it runs smoothly. If the client and users come across errors/defects/bugs during use, fixing them is the main purpose of this stage. When to use the Waterfall Model? This model is appropriate for projects with defined goals and requirements. Projects that demand frequent modifications should not be carried out following this approach, as this model lacks flexibility. However, if the project has strict deadlines, the Waterfall Model enables completion of the project, adhering to time constraints, provided that enough resources are available. Advantages. The requirements, phases and activities are well-defined. Therefore, it is easy for the project managers to plan, schedule, make use of resources and define goals. Each phase has a deliverable, thus making the whole process simple and easy to understand. It is the go-to approach for small projects. The whole process is well-documented and well-scripted. Each phase is separate and completed within a given time-frame; there is less need for reworking. Disadvantages. This model is rigid; it is not possible to make modifications in the requirements once the process begins. Hence, there is no room for reflection and revision. This model is not favourable for big projects which involve frequent requirement changes. After developers and clients agree on the requirements early in the cycle, and there is no room for feedback during the development process. It involves a high amount of risk and uncertainty. Testing starts after completion of the development phase; this may lead to late detection of bugs and design issues in the development life-cycle. Conclusion. The Waterfall Model is one of the first models introduced in software development, and it has gained popularity because it clearly defines each step, with logical flow of information. It enables developers to know about the requirements in early stages, which guide them throughout the development process. But it is not without constraints; there is no room for frequent changes which increases inflexibility of the model. These shortcomings have given room to alternative approaches and models, such as the Agile Development Model. Selection of the right model is mainly dependent on variables like availability of resources and specifications of the project. The Waterfall Model remains one of the most popular software development models to-date, mostly for small-scale projects, regardless of its shortcomings. To learn more about differences between the two models, read 10 Differences Between Agile and Waterfall Methodology. By Amna Zulqadar|August 10th, 2018| Share This Information. FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+TumblrPinterestEmail About the Author: Amna Zulqadar . Amna has a deep interest and understanding of software and technology. 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TitleSoftware Development Life Cycle (SDLC) - CIO Wiki
Urlhttps://cio-wiki.org/wiki/Software_Development_Life_Cycle_(SDLC)
DescriptionThe software development life cycle (SDLC) is a framework defining tasks performed at each step in the software development process. SDLC is a structure followed by a development team within the software organization. It consists of a detailed plan describing how to develop, maintain and replace specific software. The life cycle defines a methodology for improving the quality of software and the overall development process. The software development life cycle is also known as the software development process.[1]
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BodySoftware Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Contents. 1 Definition of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) 2 The Stages of Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)[2] 3 SDLC Models and Methodologies[3] 4 Benefits of the SDLC Process[4] 5 See Also 6 References 7 Further Reading Definition of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). The software development life cycle (SDLC) is a framework defining tasks performed at each step in the software development process. SDLC is a structure followed by a development team within the software organization. It consists of a detailed plan describing how to develop, maintain and replace specific software. The life cycle defines a methodology for improving the quality of software and the overall development process. The software development life cycle is also known as the software development process.[1] The Stages of Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)[2]. A typical Software Development life cycle consists of the following stages: (see diagram below) Stage 1: Planning and Requirement Analysis: Requirement analysis is the most important and fundamental stage in SDLC. It is performed by the senior members of the team with inputs from the customer, the sales department, market surveys and domain experts in the industry. This information is then used to plan the basic project approach and to conduct product feasibility study in the economical, operational, and technical areas. Planning for the quality assurance requirements and identification of the risks associated with the project is also done in the planning stage. The outcome of the technical feasibility study is to define the various technical approaches that can be followed to implement the project successfully with minimum risks. Stage 2: Defining Requirements: Once the requirement analysis is done the next step is to clearly define and document the product requirements and get them approved from the customer or the market analysts. This is done through SRS (Software Requirement Specification) document which consists of all the product requirements to be designed and developed during the project life cycle. Stage 3: Designing the product architecture: SRS is the reference for product architects to come out with the best architecture for the product to be developed. Based on the requirements specified in SRS, usually more than one design approach for the product architecture is proposed and documented in a DDS - Design Document Specification. This DDS is reviewed by all the important stakeholders and based on various parameters as risk assessment, product robustness, design modularity , budget and time constraints , the best design approach is selected for the product. A design approach clearly defines all the architectural modules of the product along with its communication and data flow representation with the external and third party modules (if any). The internal design of all the modules of the proposed architecture should be clearly defined with the minutest of the details in DDS. Stage 4: Building or Developing the Product: In this stage of SDLC the actual development starts and the product is built. The programming code is generated as per DDS during this stage. If the design is performed in a detailed and organized manner, code generation can be accomplished without much hassle. Developers have to follow the coding guidelines defined by their organization and programming tools like compilers, interpreters, debuggers etc are used to generate the code. Different high level programming languages such as C, C++, Pascal, Java, and PHP are used for coding. The programming language is chosen with respect to the type of software being developed. Stage 5: Testing the Product: This stage is usually a subset of all the stages as in the modern SDLC models, the testing activities are mostly involved in all the stages of SDLC. However this stage refers to the testing only stage of the product where products defects are reported, tracked, fixed and retested, until the product reaches the quality standards defined in the SRS. Stage 6: Deployment in the Market and Maintenance: Once the product is tested and ready to be deployed it is released formally in the appropriate market. Sometime product deployment happens in stages as per the organizations. business strategy. The product may first be released in a limited segment and tested in the real business environment (UAT- User acceptance testing). Then based on the feedback, the product may be released as it is or with suggested enhancements in the targeting market segment. After the product is released in the market, its maintenance is done for the existing customer base. source: TutorialsPoint SDLC Models and Methodologies[3]. The software development models are the various processes or methodologies that are being selected for the development of the project depending on the project’s aims and goals. There are many development life cycle models that have been developed in order to achieve different required objectives. The models specify the various stages of the process and the order in which they are carried out. The selection of model has very high impact on the testing that is carried out. It will define the what, where and when of our planned testing, influence regression testing and largely determines which test techniques to use. There are various Software development models or methodologies. They are as follows: Waterfall model V model Incremental model RAD model Agile model Iterative model Spiral model Prototype model Choosing right model for developing of the software product or application is very important. Based on the model the development and testing processes are carried out. Benefits of the SDLC Process[4]. The intent of an SDLC process is to help produce a product that is cost-efficient, effective and of high quality. Once an application is created, the SDLC maps the proper deployment and decommissioning of the software once it becomes a legacy. The SDLC methodology usually contains the following stages: Analysis (requirements and design), construction, testing, release and maintenance (response). See Also. Software Software Architecture Software Design Software Configuration Management (SCM) Configuration Management (CM) Configuration Lifecycle Management (CLM) Software Design Software Project Management Product Life Cycle Product Lifecycle Management Product Data Management (PDM) Product Design References. ↑ Definition - What does Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) mean? Techopedia ↑ Various Stages of a Typical Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) tutorials point ↑ What are the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Models istqbexamcertification ↑ Benefits of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) process veracode Further Reading. 6 Basic SDLC Methodologies: Which One is Best? Robert Half Overview of SDLC Methodologies testingexcellence Software Development Lifecycle Presentation JackmanClass Retrieved from "https://cio-wiki.org/index.php?title=Software_Development_Life_Cycle_(SDLC)&oldid=7723" xx
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H1What is SDLC?
H2The Importance of the SDLC
How do you manage your Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) process?
H3What are the Phases of Software Development Life Cycle?
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BodyWhat is SDLC? SDLC is defined as Software Development Life Cycle, a step-by-step process to follow in a repetitive way to make quality work on the project. It is a set of processes that are used to define the development of a software. The SDLC process is typically referred to as an iterative one because it consists of repeated, time-based cycles.   The Importance of the SDLC. If you are a Software developer, you’ll surely be employed in practices of SDLC. SDLC allows you to analyze the requirements and helps to make unnecessary development cost affordable. During the initial stages, software developers can assess the cost and predict exorbitant slip-ups. It empowers software engineers to plan and build top notch software products.   How do you manage your Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) process? To manage a software development life cycle it’s important to have a plan. Having a plan allows you to have a reference point on how the project is going. You can use this plan to guide you or your team in a way where you can finish the project on time and within budget. This blog will look at different aspects of how you can manage your SDLC process with understanding the stages of SDLC.   What are the Phases of Software Development Life Cycle? Requirements:. SDLC cycle begins from the conversations. Every one of the participants meet up to share their thoughts and ideas on the final product. Their main purpose is to decide the definite requirements to a framework. They also ensure that every member understands their tasks and prevent dispute.QAs often get involved in this phase. Analysis & Planning:. This is a crucial phase of SDLC where project managers and programmers team meet to analyze and comprehend the project terms. The whole phase requires a basic assessment of material costs, assessing the labor costs, leadership structure, making a plan with sensible goals, among numerous others While planning for software development or an app development process, it is pivotal to comprehend the project scope and the hidden justification for developing the given software. The stage defines a limit for the venture – the project can’t extend beyond its predefined limits except if in any case. Design & Prototype:. AT this phase of SDLC, software developers focus on creating project prototype, architecture and user-friendly designs. User interface is a most important factor in building a software. People love software that would be easily accessible. Prototype is a toy or rough model of software. The UI/UX team creates a prototype form of the software to approve its look and stream of design components. With a prototype, users comprehend the basic idea behind the planned application and give input in regards to what improvement and what optimization required. Prototype is useful to reduce costs related to software development. It is simpler to change a prototype to fit user needs than to rewrite code to fuse an change in this phase. Implementation:. The implementation or actual development starts in this phase where a product opens up for the audience. It’s significant that each developer adheres to the agreed blueprint. Additionally, ensure you have proper guidelines set up with regards to the code style and practices. For instance, characterize a classification for files or define a variable naming style like camelCase. This will assist your team with delivering organized and reliable code that is more obvious yet in addition to testing during the following phase. Let’s create what you want! Testing:. The testing phase of software development life cycle focuses on testing the written code to check the bugs and other errors. At the testing phase, software engineers and designers ought to guarantee that every product unit works appropriately. It is also an important phase to set up whether the software runs as required. Here, the testing and quality team works on to make a final report of testing and share it to the development team. The testing team can either depend on manual testing or automated testing (according to their mastery and characterized measure). We can say that the testing and development team collaborate in tandem to make sure foolproof conveyance of the software. Maintenance:. Maintenance is the last phase of software development life cycle. In this phase, software developers are now responsible to ensure it’s regularity in serving the user’s needs. In the usage of this process, you can track the performance and possible limits of an application. Users may discover bugs which might have potentially avoided the most common way of testing and bug fixation. Be updated with the latest technology and proceed with maintenance!   What is the most Important phase of SDLC? Well, as per our point of view, The most important phase of SDLC is the analysis phase and testing phase. The reason this is so important is not only do you have to understand the problem, but you have to be able to communicate it well, to the correct people, in the correct way. The better you are at understanding what it is the end user wants the better the end result will be. On the other hand, If you skip testing, you are likely to ship faulty software, which is why it’s the most important phase of SDLC. You can’t ship a product if it doesn’t work. In the same line of thought, without testing, you’ll have no way of knowing how well it works. Testing is a validator of all your hard work. Conclusion: Software Development Life Cycle is a critical part of the software development process and plays a vital role in establishing the quality of the product. With the use of SDLC, anyone can understand what the project work is going on? People can easily understand the whole process of making software. The cycle ensures versatility, viability, adequacy and manages costs of creation of various software. So, if you are planning for the same, you can reach us anytime! We are a renowned Software Development Company, located in Amritsar India. We are offering reliable outsourcing services to the clients residing in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and other countries. Experience the new game!   Previous Post 7 Benefits of WordPress Website Development – You Must Know Next Post PHP VS .NET: Which one is Better? Leave a Comment Cancel reply. 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Title8 Software Development Models Organized in Charts and Explained
Urlhttps://www.scnsoft.com/blog/software-development-models
DescriptionWe clearly explain 8 key models of software development life cycle, compare them on 2x2 quadrant, show how they are performing, and explore popular use cases
DateAug 11, 2019
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H18 Software Development Models: Sliced, Diced and Organized in Charts
H2The outline of popular SDLC models
Types of SDLC models and what projects each supports best
Summing models in charts
H3Waterfall
V-model (Validation and Verification model)
Incremental and Iterative model
Spiral model
The Rational Unified Process (RUP)
Scrum
Extreme Programming (XP)
Kanban
H2WithAnchorsThe outline of popular SDLC models
Types of SDLC models and what projects each supports best
Summing models in charts
Body8 Software Development Models: Sliced, Diced and Organized in Charts Boris Shiklo Chief Technology Officer, ScienceSoft Software Development Published: Aug 11, 2019 Share facebook twitter linkedin reddit pinterest Email Table of contents Waterfall V-model Incremental model Spiral model RUP Scrum XP Kanban Summing models in charts Software development life cycle (SDLC) models show the ways to navigate through the complex and demanding process of software building. A project’s quality, timeframes, budget, and ability to meet the stakeholders’ expectations largely depend on the chosen model. Today, there are more than 50 recognized SDLC models in use. None of them is perfect, and each brings its favorable aspects and disadvantages for a specific software development project or a team. According to our 32 years of experience in software development, we’ve chosen 8 most popular models to look into their essence and compare for core features.  The outline of popular SDLC models. All SDLC models can be structured into several groups depending on how they approach workflow organization – linearly or iteratively – and what kind of relationships are established between the development team and the customer. The types in the lower quadrants of the chart take the sequential flow. They are easy to implement, use and manage. As you move higher, the process becomes less rigid and offers more flexibility when it comes to changes in the requirements for future software. The models on the left side of the chart imply low customer involvement; as you move toward the right side, the models grow more ‘cooperative’ and include customers into different stages of software development life cycle more intensively. Types of SDLC models and what projects each supports best. Waterfall. Through all development stages (analysis, design, coding, testing, deployment), the process moves in a cascade mode. Each stage has concrete deliverables and is strictly documented. The next stage cannot start before the previous one is fully completed. Thus, for example, software requirements cannot be re-evaluated further in development. There is also no ability to see and try software until the last development stage is finished, which results in high project risks and unpredictable project results. Testing is often rushed, and errors are costly to fix. Use cases: Simple small or mid-sized projects with clearly defined and unchanging requirements (small company website development). Projects with the need for stricter control, predictable budget and timelines (e.g., governmental projects). Projects that must adhere to multiple rules and regulations (healthcare projects). Projects where a well-known technology stack and tools are used. V-model (Validation and Verification model). The V-model is another linear model with each stage having a corresponding testing activity. Such workflow organization implies exceptional quality control, but at the same time, it makes the V-model one of the most expensive and time-consuming models. Moreover, even though mistakes in requirements specifications, code and architecture errors can be detected early, changes during development are still expensive and difficult to implement. As in the Waterfall case, all requirements are gathered at the start and cannot be changed.  Use cases: Projects where failures and downtimes are unacceptable (e.g., medical software, aviation fleet management software). Incremental and Iterative model. The development process based on the Incremental model is split into several iterations (“Lego-style” modular software design is required!). New software modules are added in each iteration with no or little change in earlier added modules. The development process can go either sequentially or in parallel. Parallel development adds to the speed of delivery, while many repeated cycles of sequential development can make the project long and costly. With Iterative development software changes on each iteration, evolves and grows. As each iteration builds on the previous one, software design remains consistent. As software is delivered in parts, there is no need for a full specification from the project’s start and small changes to requirements are possible in the course of the development process. However, the requirements can’t change radically – major ones must be defined in the beginning, especially those for system design in case of Incremental development as further integration of the delivered software parts can become an issue. This SDLC model typically entails some customer involvement because of the possible need in small requirements amendments during the development process. Use cases: Large, mission-critical enterprise applications that preferably consist of loosely coupled parts, such as microservices or web services. Spiral model. The Spiral model puts focus on thorough risk assessment. Thus, to reap the benefits of the model to the fullest, you’ll need to engage people with a strong background in risk evaluation. A typical Spiral iteration lasts around 6 months and starts with 4 important activities - thorough planning, risk analysis, prototypes creation, and evaluation of the previously delivered part. Repeated spiral cycles seriously extend project timeframes. This is the model where intensive customer involvement appears. They can be involved in the exploration and review stages of each cycle. At the development stage, the customer’s amendments are not acceptable. Use cases: Projects with unclear business needs or too ambitious/innovative requirements. Projects that are large and complicated. Research and development (R&D) activity or the introduction of a new service or a product. The Rational Unified Process (RUP). The Rational Unified Process (RUP) is also a combination of linear and iterative frameworks. The model divides the software development process into 4 phases – inception, elaboration, construction, and transition. Each phase but Inception is usually done in several iterations. All basic activities (requirements, design, etc.) of the development process are done in parallel across these 4 RUP phases, though with different intensity. RUP helps to build stable and, at the same time, flexible solutions, but still, this model is not as quick and adaptable as the pure Agile group (Scrum, Kanban, XP, etc.). The degree of customer involvement, documentation intensity, and iteration length may vary depending on the project needs. Use cases: Large and high-risk projects, especially, use-case based development and fast development of high-quality software. The Agile group The rest of the SDLC models we’ve chosen fall under the umbrella of Agile. Nowadays, more than 70% of organizations employ this or that Agile approach in their IT projects. In general, at the heart of Agile are iterative development, intensive communication, and early customer feedback. Each Agile iteration usually takes several weeks and delivers a complete working software version. The models of this group put more focus on delivering a functioning part of the application quickly. They pay less attention to detailed software documentation (detailed requirement specification, detailed architecture description), and more to software testing activities. This fosters quick development but considerably prolongs software transfer to the support team as well as makes its maintenance more complicated as more time is spent to find the problem when there's no detailed software description. Agile is about working in close collaboration both across the team and with the customers. At the end of each iteration, stakeholders review the development progress and re-evaluate the priority of tasks for the future iteration to increase the return on investment (ROI) and ensure alignment with user needs and business goals. Accordingly, frequent releases are characteristic to the Agile models. They also allow for continuous software improvement with easy fixes and changes, quick updates, and feature addition, and help to deliver applications that satisfy users’ needs better. However, the lack of detailed planning and openness to changes make it difficult to accurately estimate budget, time and people required for the project. Use cases: Practically any startup initiatives, when end users’ early feedback is required. Most of mid-sized projects in custom software development where business requirements cannot be confidently translated to detailed software requirements. Large projects that are easy to divide into small functional parts and can be developed incrementally over each iteration. Agile comes in different flavors. Today, its most common subtypes are Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Kanban. Scrum. Scrum is probably the most popular Agile model. The iterations (‘sprints’) are usually 2-4 weeks long and they are preceded with thorough planning and previous sprint assessment. No changes are allowed after the sprint activities have been defined. Extreme Programming (XP). With Extreme Programming (XP), a typical iteration lasts 1-2 weeks. The model allows changes to be introduced even after the iteration’s launch if the team hasn’t started to work with the relevant software piece yet. Such flexibility significantly complicates the delivery of quality software. To mitigate the problem, XP requires the use of pair programming, test-driven development and test automation, continuous integration (CI), small releases, simple software design and prescribes to follow the coding standards. Kanban. As for Kanban, its key distinguishing feature is the absence of pronounced iterations. If used, they are kept extremely short (‘daily sprints’). Instead, the emphasis is placed on plan visualization. The team uses the Kanban Board tool that provides a clear representation of all project activities, their number, responsible persons, and progress. Such increased transparency helps to estimate the most urgent tasks more accurately. Also, the model has no separate planning stage, so a new change request can be introduced at any time. Communication with the customer is ongoing, they can check the work results whenever they like, and the meetings with the project team can happen even daily. Due to its nature, the model is frequently used in projects on software support and evolution. Summing models in charts. Using as basis the research data, we’ve compared the models in terms of core features – time, cost and quality – to make them easier to digest and comprehend. All estimates are relevant to small applications with code consisting of 1,000 functions. Software Development Services by ScienceSoft We’ve already successfully undertaken ~3000 projects. Leverage our all-round software development services – from consulting to support and evolution. Learn more Share facebook twitter linkedin reddit pinterest Email Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.
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TitleSDLC in Project Management (All SDLC Phases with Examples)
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DescriptionSDLC in Project Management takes an important role. A project manager should know and understand the specifics of the project life cycle is the IT industry
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H1SDLC in Project Management (All SDLC Phases with Examples)
H2Description of Typical Phases in SDLC
Software Development Life Cycle Video
Description of All SDLC Phases
The Best Project Managers Must LearnThese 5 Vital Areas As Soon As Possible
Examples of Software Development Life Cycles
The Best Project Managers Must LearnThese 5 Vital Areas As Soon As Possible
Definition of SDLC in Project Management
Common Phases in Software Development
The Best Project Managers Must LearnThese 5 Vital Areas As Soon As Possible
Software Development Life Cycle and Project Management Approaches
I also recommend to read the following:
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H31. Project Initiation Phase
2. Concept Development Phase
3. Planning Phase
4. Requirements Definition Phase
5. Design Phase
6. Development Phase
7. Integration Phase
8. Testing Phase
9. Deployment Phase
10. Maintenance Phase
11. Hand-off, Closure, Support Phases
Large Project Software Development Life Cycle
Small Project SDLC Phases
Why Do You Need a Project Life Cycle?
Project SDLC Phases vs Project Management Process
Act as if You Have all the SDLC Phases
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H2WithAnchorsDescription of Typical Phases in SDLC
Software Development Life Cycle Video
Description of All SDLC Phases
The Best Project Managers Must LearnThese 5 Vital Areas As Soon As Possible
Examples of Software Development Life Cycles
The Best Project Managers Must LearnThese 5 Vital Areas As Soon As Possible
Definition of SDLC in Project Management
Common Phases in Software Development
The Best Project Managers Must LearnThese 5 Vital Areas As Soon As Possible
Software Development Life Cycle and Project Management Approaches
I also recommend to read the following:
Online Course to Help You Boost Your Project Manager’s Career
BodySDLC in Project Management (All SDLC Phases with Examples) Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a combination of phases that a project needs to get through from its start to its completion. Typical phases in the software development life cycle are Initiation, Concept Development, Planning, Requirements Definition, UI Design, Development, Integration, Testing, Deployment, Hyper care, Maintenance, Hand-off, Closure, and Support. Keep in mind that:  A project phase is a collection of logically related project activities that culminates in the completion of one or more deliverables. A project doesn’t have to include all the phases. You, as a project manager, need to decide how to break it down. Description of Typical Phases in SDLC. Here’s the summary description of typical activities and deliverables in Software Development Phases. Below you’ll also find a detailed explanation for each phase. Phase Name Typical Activities Typical Deliverables Pre-sales Phase Negotiations with clients, sales team, SME to onboard new clients. Project Manager helps to assess the feasibility and provide high-level estimates. – Signed Contract– Project Proposal Project Initiation Phase Project Manager works with clients and key stakeholders to collect high-level information about the project: project objectives, business need, high-level requirements and scope, constraints, risks, assumptions, etc. – Project Charter– High-level project information Concept Development Phase Project Manager works with SME to create a document that describes a general approach to achieving the project objective. The concept describes what to do in broad terms but may not specify how to do it. – Finalized and proved Concept Documentation– Concept Designs Prototyping Phase(Usually, it’s a Phase Gate to ensure the feasibility of the project.) Project Team works on a small project to create a working model of the future Product. The goal is to prove an assumption that critically impacts feasibility. – A prototype of the final product or service.A decision to proceed to the next phase. Planning Phase Project Manager selects a project management approach. Together with the team, they create a project management plan. The contents of the plan may vary depending on the environment. – Approved Project Management Plan Requirements Definition Phase Project Team collects stakeholder requirements. Project Manager facilitates the work of Business Analysts and Subject Matter Experts. – Requirement Traceability Matrix– Requirements Documentation UI Design Phase The Project Manager works with designers and graphic artists to produce UI designs that support the collected requirements. – Mockups– Wireframes– Graphic Assets Development Phase Project Team follows the Project Management Plan. The Project Manager performs daily activities to control the work, remove impediments, and mitigate risks. The Project Manager may assume an additional role of a Scrum Master. – Increments of the product or service.– Progress Reports.– Product Demos Integration Sometimes integration of the product you created requires serious effort to work with other services and business processes. The Project Manager may need to work with DevOps and Business Teams to include a new product into the workflow. – The product integrated with other products, services, or business processes.– Integration with deployment, monitoring, and other services. Testing Phase Project manager organizes the work of external and internal stakeholders to conduct Business Validation Testing, User Acceptance Testing, Security Checks, Performance Testing, etc. Note: Project Team does ongoing testing during the Development Phase to deliver a stable product. – Sign-offs– Test Reports– Defects– Change Requests Deployment Phase A product or service may require serious efforts to deliver the final version to the market. Project manager may need to work with a dedicated team to “release” the product. – Product or service is available on the market or for the users. Hyper Care Phase The project team fixes all the defects that real users find once the product or service hits a broader audience.Project Manager needs to prioritize defects to fix and create a release schedule. – Hotfixes– Update to the product. Maintenance Phase The project team works further to stabilize the product or service.Project Manager needs to ensure the most cost-efficient approach to get a stable product. – A stable version of the product that doesn’t require the support of the full project team. Hand-off, Closure, Support Phase(s) Project Manager archives all the project documentation, collects lessons learned, etc.The project team provides knowledge transfer, creates required documentation and processes for the support team to maintain the product. – Project Archive– Final acceptance from clients and sponsors.– Support materials Full description of the phases is below. Software Development Life Cycle Video. In this video, I explain major concepts of SDLC with examples. Description of All SDLC Phases. Again do NOT focus too much on the titles. The work and its nature are of importance here. Keep in mind that before Project Management Phases start there’s a whole process of finding clients and selling them your services. In large enterprise companies, the process isn’t that far from the client-vendor relationship. It’s just an internal process of selecting which project to invest money. 1. Project Initiation Phase. After the contract is signed, you get into the initiation phase. Here you need to define what’s the goal of a project, and it’s success criteria. Even if you under Times and Materials contract it’s vital to get through this phase. Therefore, you need to create a Project Charter. At least you need to define the key information that it has. You can learn more about Project Charter here: Project Charter Example: Why Are Project Charters Useful (+Template) The second important step is to identify key stakeholders. Why? You’ll need a lot of input on many aspects of software development: User Interface User Experience Technical limitations Hardware specifics Development environment Software architecture Therefore, don’t expect to get all the details from your clients and customers. You’ll need to include internal expertise. Including outside of your team. Learn more about how to identify and work with stakeholders here: A comprehensive guide to Project Stakeholder Management Once you have a glimpse of the project and its goals you can continue to the next phase. 2. Concept Development Phase. There are many different ways to develop software applications. I prefer to follow the design-first approach. So, how it works? First of all, you need to develop a conceptual design and wireframes for future application. It shouldn’t be fully detailed. But it should provide a framework for future Requirement Definition activities. However, it gives tangible results to your stakeholders. They’ll be more engaged in the whole project when a difficult process of software development is simplified to images of the future product. Another aspect of the Concept Development Phase is technical. Sometimes the required product is totally unique. Or it has specific requirements that don’t have analogs. And no available solution will provide the desired outcome. So, you need to develop a brand new technological concept. You’ll need to curate the top subject matter experts in your field to generate ideas and solutions. Therefore, most of the times it’s a gateway phase. If you do have an acceptable solution, you’ll continue the project. If the solution requires resources and time beyond constraints, you may need to cancel the project. 3. Planning Phase. In large IT projects you’ll need to create a full Project Management Plan. So, if you face such a task check out these articles: Practical Guide to Useful Project Management PlanProject Planning for Beginners in 28 Simple Steps However, in the beginning, you’ll work on smaller projects. Planning will be simple there. Here’s the truth: Many software development vendors develop a custom project management approach. It’s naturally formed in the process of company growth. So, you’ll need to follow either an utterly custom approach or a variation of Scrum or Kanban. In this case, project planning boils down to: Identifying project scope Estimates of time and costs Setting milestones Sometimes you’ll need to identify required resources and expertise. All other aspects of project management will be predefined by the customs of this organization. Therefore, at the end of this phase, you’ll either have a Project Management Plan. Or you’ll commit to delivering specific scope by the specific deadline. While the rest’s the internal problem. The Best Project Managers Must LearnThese 5 Vital Areas As Soon As Possible. Of the thousands of things you need to learn about project management, there are five that you need to focus on first. So what is it? Budget, risks, scope, leadership, stakeholders, communications? Find out how to become a confident and successful project manager in months, not years. Get Access 4. Requirements Definition Phase. After you planned how to manage the project, you need to find out what you need to develop. In this phase you can use all the available options to define requirements: Brainstorming Interviews Focus Groups Questionaries and Surveys Document Analysis Mind Mapping Wireframes User Stories There’s no specific approach to collecting requirements. In the end, you need requirements that software engineers will understand. Sometimes simple tweaks in requirements can cause a significant change in required efforts. For sure, you do want to keep an eye on such opportunities to simplify the future product. After that, you may want to incorporate high-level feasibility analysis here. That’s why you may often see the Requirements Traceability Matrix on software projects. Even in an agile environment. 5. Design Phase. Again there are at least two aspects here: Technical Architecture UI/UX Design During this phase, you need to analyze the collected requirements. After that, develop an architecture that’ll support them. Also, you need User Interface that’ll make the application or service usable. The results of this phase are: Mockups Wireframes Workflow diagrams Architecture Description Documentation List of technologies, frameworks, and libraries Once you have it all collected, you can start writing code to implement the requirements. 6. Development Phase. In this phase, you get into the day-to-day execution of the project plan. Software Developers will set up working environments and will start writing code. You’ll do the actual work here following one of the selected frameworks. For the sake of better quality and engaged stakeholders, you can do it in an iterative and incremental manner. What does that mean? You’ll develop a working piece of the application. You’ll show it to the stakeholders. After that, stakeholders will provide feedback. You’ll integrate changes to the project. The cycle repeats. However, there’s a catch: Such an approach doesn’t exempt you from delivering the project on-time and within budget. So, your clients may still have hard deadlines and constraints. 7. Integration Phase. Nowadays, you’ll rarely see an application that doesn’t integrate with other services or applications. In enterprise environments, you’ll often see that employees’ data and credentials are stored in a separate service. You may need to integrate with it to get access to the database of the employees. The storage space’s often outsourced to one of the third-party providers like Amazon, Dropbox, etc. So, you need to integrate with it. All-in-all, you need to integrate your piece of software with the business processes of the company or a market you sell the app. This phase usually requires a lot of collaboration. It can be time-consuming. So, you better plan this one ahead of time. Pay close attention to the possible risks and integration requirements of other services. Quite often, integration’s a part of development. However, if there are a lot of efforts involved, it’s better to get it done in a separate phase. 8. Testing Phase. This phase also referred to as Acceptance testing. Or final testing. You need to understand that you should be testing your application continuously from the beginning. Moreover, you need to prevent defects in the process of development. Ideally, your application should be stable and without serious defects all the time. So, it’s a matter of Quality Assurance that you planned and executed in all previous phases. Here you need to certify that the version of the application you’re testing is of the required quality. It doesn’t mean that the application has no defects. They are present, but they don’t prevent people from using the application. You do need to provide the list of all known defects in the application as part of the quality certificate. 9. Deployment Phase. The software doesn’t work without hardware. Be that a server, your PC or Mac, or a mobile device you need to deliver your application or service there. Moreover, the deployment of a big and complex application can be a project in itself. You need to set up servers, upload your application, connect it with all the other services and servers. In regards to mobile devices and desktops, you need to create an installer for the application. You may also need to submit this installer to the market (App Store, Google Play, etc.) All in all, the result of this phase is your application or service available to the end users. If you find it hard to understand this process check out this article: What are the Technical skills of a Software Development Project Manager? 10. Maintenance Phase. The application’s maintained and supported throughout its whole lifetime. It’s a part of a product life cycle that goes beyond the project life cycle. However, quite often you may see a relatively short phase for maintenance. During this period a part of the project team continues to work with the application after it gets to the users. They are here to address any critical defects that were missed. After a few months when the application’s used and “tested” by thousands of users the project team is release and the product is handed off to a separate support team. 11. Hand-off, Closure, Support Phases. Hand-off can also require a lot of efforts. You need to collect all the generated knowledge about the application and its specifics. After that, you need to transfer this knowledge to the support team. Also, you may need to create documentation, specific capabilities to administrate the service and so on. If that is the case, you do need to identify such requirements early on. Also, think about the hand-off process at the beginning of the project. Examples of Software Development Life Cycles. Phases in the life cycle can go in strict sequence, they can overlap, or go in a parallel. So, it’s important to understand: Your project may be a mess of phases that overlap. And it’s totally fine. You won’t be able to fully separate phases on a smaller project. Large Project Software Development Life Cycle. That is what you may call a Waterfall approach. Large projects can include phases that are bigger than the projects you currently manage. So, if you feel like such approaches are outdated don’t be too narrowminded. Keep in mind, the waterfall approach still has its place. It has its pros and cons. You can do the “draft” work first and align it with the results of the previous phase later. But quite often you will notice that even the plan-driven life cycle will have iterations and increments. Even on large projects, there’s a need for quick feedback between different phases. Small Project SDLC Phases. Phases and Project Management Process Groups overlap here. Small projects are harder to dissect into phases because they overlap with the project management process. The main phase of a project is implemented with the Scrum Framework For agile projects, there’s still a place for phases where you should use plan-driven approaches. Each phase, if it’s big enough, can run through all these process groups. However, if a project is small process groups can coincide with phases. Or a process group will cover several phases at once. Likewise, on tiny projects, there’ll be only one phase at all. The Best Project Managers Must LearnThese 5 Vital Areas As Soon As Possible. Of the thousands of things you need to learn about project management, there are five that you need to focus on first. So what is it? Budget, risks, scope, leadership, stakeholders, communications? Find out how to become a confident and successful project manager in months, not years. Get Access So, why do you need to understand SDLC? Understanding of Software Development Life Cycle makes the process of project management efficient. But there’s a real problem here: With so many different frameworks and project management approaches, life cycles are confusing. Therefore, here you’ll get more clarity on this topic and you’ll find an example of SDLC below. Let’s start with a definition. Definition of SDLC in Project Management. When I googled the “software development life cycle definition” I found different variants. Some say it’s a framework. Some say it’s a process or an approach. All in all, it’s a life cycle: “A project life cycle is the series of phases that a project passes through from its start to its completion. A project phase is a collection of logically related project activities that culminates in the completion of one or more deliverables.” – PMBOK® Guide So, it’s just a number of phases you need to get through. At this level, we are not talking about how to organize the phases and work within. It’s covered by the project management approach. Why Do You Need a Project Life Cycle? I want to point out four major benefits of organizing a project into phases: To make the project manageable. To separate work that has distinct and unrelated to other phases in nature. To make the project more predictable. To create project checkpoints. So, if you want more details I have a separate article here: 3 Useful Applications Of Project Life Cycle Knowledge Common Phases in Software Development. Here are some common phases of software development: Project Initiation Concept Development Planning Requirements Definition Design Development Integration Testing Deployment Maintenance Hand-off, Closure, Support And here’s the trick: Each organization develops a software development life cycle that suits its needs. Therefore, you may find different titles in different companies. Project SDLC Phases vs Project Management Process. There’s a bit of confusion here. You see, Project Management Process is described by five process groups: Initiation Planning Execution Monitoring and Controlling Closure Act as if You Have all the SDLC Phases. Some of you may think that you don’t have all these phases. Therefore, it feels like you have only one distinctive phase. All the project fits in there. Or you may work in an agile environment, and you perceive as if your project starts with the Sprint 1. However, here’s what I suggest: Try to imagine that you do have all these phases. And each phase has its exit criteria. For example, something you need to create or achieve to move forward. Most of phases – you can close immediately because you have predefined processes and tools. Some of the phases will stack one upon another, and you’ll grind through them in iterations. And there’ll be phases where you do not participate. But they do exist. So, people impact your project there. Now we’ll review each possible phase of SDLC. The Best Project Managers Must LearnThese 5 Vital Areas As Soon As Possible. Of the thousands of things you need to learn about project management, there are five that you need to focus on first. So what is it? Budget, risks, scope, leadership, stakeholders, communications? Find out how to become a confident and successful project manager in months, not years. Get Access Software Development Life Cycle and Project Management Approaches. Software Development Life Cycle in Project Management is the structure of a project. SDLC is NOT a framework. SDLC doesn’t equal Scrum or Kanban. Project Management approach can be different in different phases of the Life Cycle. Different phases can use different frameworks and approaches. So, here’s what you need to take away from this article: Always break down your project into phases Identify the ways the phases interact and overlap Do have a clear picture of the Project SDLC I also recommend to read the following:. Featured Article: How to Become an IT Project Manager Without Experience Leadership in Project Management: The Complete Guide TweetSharePin96Share361457 SharesFor New and Experienced Project Managers:. Online Course to Help You Boost Your Project Manager’s Career. Project Management | Leadership | Career Development Get The Course About Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy. 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Body7 Basic Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Methodologies: Which One is Best? by Martin Luenendonk Last updated on August 1, 2020 by Martin Luenendonk Last updated on August 1, 2020 Add to favorites Featured in:. Home Magazine 7 Basic Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Methodologies: Which One is Best? After tons of meetings, follow up emails and numerous phone calls, you finally got the contract signed. Congratulations! Out of all the bidders, you are the one who proved capable of delivering the best software solution. You share this information with your team and it’s time to celebrate. Settling down, you start discussing the project. Leaving nothing to chance, you select only the best of your staff to form the project team. You schedule the kickoff meeting with the client. You list the topics of discussion and you’re ready for take off. But are you really ready? Have you considered everything you need to check on before you start the project? You may be surprised to find out that there is one very important thing which many project managers don’t give due attention to. It comes at the beginning of the project and needs careful focus… Do you know what it is? It is the process of choosing the right Software Development Life Cycle methodology. You have already engaged the client and so are aware of the kind of system or software product he expects you to develop. As a result, you have a mental picture of the whole process to be followed by your team. This is a good thing because you have to see the end of the project before embarking on it. All the same, to make the right choice of an SDLC methodology, you need to slow down a bit. You obviously know there are several to choose from and have a favorite one you normally use. But don’t just run with it because it works well. You need to find out whether it is the best for your current project. This way, you will avoid facing unnecessary challenges in the course of the project. For example, you may end up feeling cornered when some stages of the SDLC model you chose start overlapping. If this was not part of the plan, then it can open the door for some real problems. Or you may be asked by the client to include a few ‘small’ features into the software. This may happen when the process is past the stage which could accommodate that. As much as situations are rarely perfect, you should avoid getting into one like these. The last thing you want from your client is being asked questions like, “How come you cannot do that?” or “Didn’t you promise to deliver?” Since you started on a good note, endeavor to finish on one too. We will look at the various SDLC methodology types and see their strengths and weaknesses. We will also provide you with a helpful guideline to determine when best to use each one of them. But before getting into that, let’s first go through the basic processes of a software development life cycle. WHAT IS SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT LIFE CYCLE (SDLC) ANYWAY? This is the process which a software system being developed goes through. The system itself is intended to be the solution to a problem. As is the case with most solutions, implementation takes place through a process. For example, when a company wants to expand its warehousing capacity, they have the option of either buying, renting or building a warehouse. Whichever option they pick, they’ll have to go through a process of planning, surveying and final acquisition. Some of the things to be considered will be warehouse size, distance from the current warehouse and offices, number of new staff required etc. It is the same thing with software development. The Software Development Life Cycle is the process which guides you through the project from start to finish. Generally, there are stages involved in all the different methodologies. These stages are the steps of developing and implementing the solution. They are: Planning. This is the phase where you do a feasibility study to ascertain the need for a new system. You will examine the Problems customer’s face and then look for possible solutions. An estimation of the resources needed for the new solution will also be necessary. These will usually be in the form of time, costs, personnel and any other factor to be considered. You will then develop a project plan and present it to the management. It is only after getting the approval that you proceed to the next phase. Analysis. In this phase, you define the specific problems which the client has. Your team then suggests some solutions and settles on the best. All requirements should be clear to help you understand the client’s needs. The goal at this stage is to gather information. Various methods may be used including one-on-one interviews, group interviews or questionnaires. Observing people as they work is also a great way of collecting information. This will give you valuable information which may never be given verbally. The management should verify the requirements given by the end users to ensure they are within the project scope. Design. In this phase, you describe the functions and features of the proposed solution in detail. You will use process diagrams, screen layouts and other tools to paint a picture of the solution. The design will also show how the processes will flow. As part of the details, you can also use entity relationship diagrams and pseudo-code. This is to ensure system engineers and developers understand what they are to create. Development. This is the phase where the system or software product gets created. In most cases, you would divide the work into units and have teams working on them. Alternatively, you can assign the units to individual experts according to their skill level. Database developers would handle the database needs, network engineers work on the network requirements while system programmers produce the actual system code. Testing is part of the development work and the test data is generated for this purpose. A major challenge in this phase is checking the code for semantic errors. These are the hardest to detect yet can cause great problems if they go unnoticed. For this reason, the test data should have known results for comparison against test results. The finished system should work as per the design specifications. Deployment. Once the system has been developed and fully tested, it is implemented for the users to work with. Depending on the situation, some implementations may require parallel running. You will therefore have to keep both the old and new systems running for some time. Training the end users happens in this stage. Project ownership is also transferred to the client. This phase also enables you to get user feedback. Maintenance. As the client continues using the new system, there will often arise the need to make changes and improvements. With new requirements, there will be need for additional functionality. Fine tuning the system can also be done for performance purposes. Performing scheduled upgrades can cover security gaps and any other need that arises. These phases are sometimes broken down further depending on the project type. For example, you may want to break the development phase into development and testing. You will then carry out the two activities separately. Deployment can at times have maintenance as part of it in cases where there are rapid changes to the system requirements. This will however keep the project running for longer. THE 7 BASIC SDLC METHODOLOGIES YOU SHOULD KNOW OF. Having looked at the phases in the process of system development, we will now get into the different methodologies. After that, you will learn how to pick the best for your project. Waterfall. The waterfall is the classic SDLC methodology which has been used for many years. Being linear and sequential, it emphasizes on the need for a logical progression of the phases involved. One phase must be carried out to completion then it’s output used as the input for the next. Source: softwaretestinghelp.com A short discussion on what happens at all stages will be in order. Requirement Analysis. This is the first stage at which the requirements of the new system are collected and analyzed. There should be enough details so that nothing is missed. As an information gathering stage, it is critical that the end users be engaged properly. Various ways should be used to ensure every possible need is captured. This is because once a certain stage is complete, you cannot go back to make changes. Ample time should be set for this stage. System Design. This stage is all about coming up with the design specification of the system to be created. The system architecture is created and other aspects selected. Examples of these are the programming language and database to be used. This is done in accordance to the requirements in the first Phase. The design specification describes how the requirements of the system will be technically fulfilled. Data flow diagrams and other process diagrams are used to show the interactions between the parts of the system. Implementation. This is the stage of actual system development. The different parts of the system are assigned to individuals or teams to deal with them. Database developers work on the database while system programmers handle the coding work. Network engineers can also be included for the networking part of the system. Some systems need particular networking capabilities which may call for specific network development. System Testing. In this phase, the developed system is tested to ensure it solves the problems raised in the requirements stage. Any bugs discovered are fixed to ensure the system works correctly. Bugs discovered mean that the system has to go back to the implementation stage for coding. If they are major, then this is given priority. System Deployment. After a rigorous testing phase, you install the system for the users to use. You will train the users and provide them with the necessary user guides. This is also where you hand the system over to the client. You will then reach an agreement on the maintenance and upgrade needs. System Maintenance. Maintenance is the final stage where you will perform system upgrades as well as bug fixes. New requirements which come up as a result of business growth will also be handled at this stage. Advantages. Provides an opportunity to have clarity on the project’s progress. This is because the stages do not overlap. The project can only be in one stage at a particular time. Setting timelines for each stage can also be done. Since each stage has very specific deliverables, this model makes it easy to manage the project. With its rigidity, the system developers and the client adhere to strict discipline for the project. Focusing on the stages becomes a necessity. Adaptable to a changing team due to the extensive documentation done at every stage. The project is rarely dependent on one person. When someone joins the team, they can simply go through the documentation and be able to catch up. Disadvantages. It is very difficult to estimate the time and cost of each stage of the process. Does not allow for changes to be made once the process is in the testing stage. Only minimal fixes can be done. Not suitable for complex projects where requirements keep changing or cannot be known at the beginning. The extensive documentation happening at every stage takes a lot of time. It is almost impossible to include valuable client feedback once development starts. The system is only ready after all the processes are over. Major problems can occur at later stages when changes are needed. V-SHAPED. Similar to the waterfall method, the V-Shaped model is linear and sequential though different. The difference is in the associated tests for every development stage. These are the tests which will be run after the coding phase to confirm that the requirements at each stage are met. It is also called the verification and validation model because every phase has a validation test attached to it. The left side of the ‘V’ has the verification phases while the right side has the validation phases. At the bottom is the coding phase. Below is an illustration of the model. Source: crackmba.com The verification phases are used to check that all requirements have been factored into the system. The validation phases on the other hand confirm that the requirements have been met by the developed system. The stages involved in verification are: Requirements Analysis. The functional and non-functional requirements are received from the users. These get documented in detail as per the communication from the customer. All the customer’s requirements should be understood. From these requirements, the user acceptance test is planned. Functional Specification. This phase is where the system design is planned for. Hardware, software and network requirements are considered before the actual design is agreed upon. The testing team comes up with a system test plan for running later after development. High Level Design. This is where the architecture of the system is designed. Several technical approaches to the solution are suggested and discussed before reaching an agreement. A blueprint of the system layout is made. This is what will be used for the next phase. The integration test plan is made at this point. Detailed Design / Program Specification. Also known as the module design phase, this stage has the system designed in detail. Care has to be taken when designing the modules for compatibility purposes. There should be compatibility among the system modules and with external systems. The unit or module test plan is made at this phase. The coding phase. This is at the bottom of the ‘V’ and all the system designs are implemented at this stage. The best programming language is chosen and used to develop the system in accordance to the previously-defined designs. General coding standards are also adhered to. The validation phases then begin and follow the below order from the bottom up: Unit Testing. As the first level of testing and at the lowest level, the actual code is checked for bugs. The developed system is broken down into smaller units/modules. These are then analyzed to ensure they perform as expected. The unit test that was designed during the program specification phase is used in this stage. Integration Testing. After the units have passed their tests, they are joined and their functionality is tested as a larger unit. Internal communication between the modules is checked as well as integration between the modules and external systems. This is the test which was designed during the high level design or architectural phase. System Testing. This test is done to check whether the system meets all the functional requirements outlined during the functional specification phase. Incompatibility with external systems will mostly be uncovered at this stage. At this point, the test is done on a complete system ready for deployment. User Acceptance Testing. This is the test prepared at the beginning of the system’s life cycle. Since it is based on the user requirements, it is run on the user environment. The user is to confirm that the system meets all his needs. There may be specific incompatibilities discovered at this stage. The cause may be the other systems running in the user environment. The development team may come up with solutions or suggested workarounds which are acceptable to the customer. Here is a video showing how the V-Shaped model is used mainly for it’s testing capabilities. Advantages. Enables the team to detect errors early in the process The close working of the development and testing teams helps increase the project’s success Easy to manage the process due to its rigidity Its strict flow ensures discipline in the whole process thus offering greater chances of success Disadvantages. Inability to adapt to new requirements which may come up in the course of the project Not the best for long-term projects Tends to focus on the business requirements more than the system development aspects. This may cause the complexities of system development to be overlooked. Does not avail a working system until late into the project PROTOTYPING. This model is mainly focused on providing an approximation of the final system at the initial stages. It is widely used when fixed requirements are not available. A prototype is built to show how the final product will look and work. With the prototype, there is no full functionality provided. The prototype is then subjected to tests by the customer to check if all the requirements are met. If not, more information is gathered. With the additional information, the prototype is updated and availed to the customer for further testing. It is only after the customer gives an approval that the production starts. The below illustration shows the stages of this SDLC model. Source: testingexcellence.com Advantages. Prototypes make it easy for customers to give feedback as they get a feel of how the system will look The prototypes give the developing team an experience of the final product thus improving chances of successful development and implementation The prototypes help to clarify user requirements which could otherwise have remained ambiguous User involvement makes it better placed to cover all needs. It also increases chances of system acceptance Errors are detected and fixed early Disadvantages. Scope of the project may expand beyond what was initially expected or planned for It can be very time consuming If not monitored, too much effort may go into building the prototypes instead of building the actual system Users may confuse between the prototype and the final product Focus on the prototype may create a distraction from the complete project SPIRAL. This model uses a sequential approach while working like a prototype. This way, it delivers a system that is not complete but is under constant review. The biggest differentiating aspect though is that it is focused on risk analysis. It is best suited for projects where risk management is critical. Below is an illustration of the spiral model. Source: airbrake.io The development team starts with a few requirements and goes through the whole process for those particular requirements. The stages are: Planning Phase. This stage is for requirements gathering, feasibility studies and cost estimation. Risk Analysis. Analysis of the requirements is done to identify potential risks. A risk mitigation strategy is then created to guide the development process. Engineering. This is the stage of actual development of the software. Testing is also done and the system is deployed at the user environment. Evaluation. The customer reviews the software and gives feedback. Risk monitoring is also done at this stage. The risk mitigation strategy is confirmed to have worked well for the project. Advantages. Suitable for large projects which are of a critical nature Drastically reduces the risks associated with developing big systems Software is available at an early stage of the process Guarantees customer feedback in the development process New functionality can be added at later stages Disadvantages. Requires expertise in risk analysis and mitigation Unsuitable for smaller projects Might turn to be very costly due to required expertise and continuous cycles The below video shows how this works; ITERATIVE. The iterative model begins development by building only a part of the software. Full specifications of requirements are usually not known. The small part of the system developed is reviewed to identify further requirements. Every successful iteration produces a software build upon which more features are implemented. This continues until the final system is achieved. The below illustration shows this model’s phases: Source: airbrake.io Let’s go through the phases for an understanding of how this model works. Planning and Requirements. This is the phase of collecting user requirements and expectations. Analysis and Design. An analysis of the requirements is done and the system is designed. Suggested solutions are discussed then one is picked. A technical representation of this solution is done. Implementation. The actual development happens by translating the system design into code. Testing. The developed system is tested for any bugs. If found, they are fixed before deployment in the user environment. Evaluation. The system build is reviewed to check if it meets the specified requirements. This is also the stage where further requirements, if any, are collected. After this point, the current build is taken back to the planning phase together with the received feedback. The whole process (iteration) begins again. This cycle continues until the system is complete. Advantage. Quick software turnaround enables the customer to give feedback from interacting with it Suitable for projects with changing requirements or those not clear from the onset Since the software is built in the early stages of the system development, it is easy to detect and fix problems Open to valuable customer feedback Disadvantages. There might be design issues cropping up in the future since not all requirements were taken into account initially. New features being implemented may make the users request for more. The project may thus take longer than expected Continuous and necessary customer involvement may be a burden to the client Not suitable for small projects INCREMENTAL. This model focuses on building the whole system in small portions. It works quite similarly to the iterative model but the difference is that this approach starts with the full knowledge of requirements. This determines the number of smaller portions of the system to be built. When these portions are finished, they are delivered to the customer as complete modules. It uses the classical waterfall approach only that it does not build the whole system at once. Commonly confused and at times wrongly taken to be similar to the iterative model, it stands out because of two aspects: All requirements are known at the beginning of the project whereas with iterative, only a few are known. More are discovered as the user interacts with the delivered software build. It is important to understand that a software build is not a complete system but a developed part of the system which is undergoing testing. In the incremental model, the modules delivered are complete standalone parts of the whole project which offer extra functionality. With iterative, the new builds are simply working to adapt to new requirements. Here is an illustration of this model. Source: BBC Bitesize Advantages. The core part of the system is delivered early as the others follow The overall workload is reduced Prevents the effects of introducing a new system all at once Each release adds extra functionality Reduces the chances of new requirements being introduced Disadvantages. Requires very good planning and designing Needs a complete understanding of the system to be built before design begins Might turn out to be more costly than envisioned Not suitable for small projects Rectifying a problem in one module may require corrections in other modules AGILE. This method is used to counter the limitations of those which cannot cater for a fast-changing environment. Projects which use the agile approach always have their requirements changing quickly. This approach is based on the iterative and incremental processes. It guarantees customer satisfaction through quick deliverable parts of the whole systems. The cycles through which the system is delivered are called sprints. Technically speaking, the agile model is more of a framework or guideline than a distinct model. Various individual ‘sub-models’ exist to implement this approach. They include extreme programming (XP), Kanban and Scrum. The agile approach focuses on delivering a working software while ensuring customer collaboration. Interaction among team members and a quick response to changes is also vital. Here is an illustration of a typical agile software development model. Source: www.lucidchart.com Advantages. Quickly delivers working software for the customer’s use Faster turnaround times Promotes customer feedback Easily adapts to changes in requirements Issues are detected and fixed quickly Disadvantages. Documentation is usually lacking or not having enough details Overlapping phases make it difficult to measure project progress Difficult to estimate the project cost at the beginning There is no enough time for the designing of the system architecture The many cycles can distract the team from the overall goal of the project THE BEST METHODOLOGY TO USE. So, which of the above 7 SDLC methodologies is best? To help answer this question, you will start by asking some other questions. These questions will help you understand the situation. Below is a list of some to start you off. You can add to them if need be. How big/complex is the project? How much expertise does your team have? What is the financial strength of the client? How much time is the client willing to give the project? What technologies are you going to use? Are all the requirements known and are they fixed? The answers to these questions will paint a picture of the situation. The situation will further determine the model to use. Let’s now look at a list of situations best suited for specific software development models. When to choose the waterfall model. When the requirements are clearly known and not prone to change The project is small and short-term When the project is to follow a strict procedure When strong documentation is required When you have enough resources and expertise When to choose the v-shaped model. When the requirements are known and fixed The technology to be used is well known by the team The project is short When technical resources and expertise are available When thorough testing is needed When to choose the prototyping model. When constant customer interaction is important When there is need for a great user interface When building complex systems When the requirements are not well known When there is no great urgency in delivering the final system When to choose the spiral model. When risk evaluation and avoidance is important When requirements are not clear When the project is big and complex When changes are expected When the technology to be used is not well known When to choose the iterative model. When the project is big When the requirements are not clear and prone to changes When there is need for proper documentation When the technology to be used may not be well known When to choose the incremental model. When the project is big When the requirements are clear and not subject to change When there is need for proper documentation When to choose the agile model. There is need for quick feedback Requirements are not fully known or understood When you have a passionate team or a mentor who will keep the team focused and motivated When there is no strong requirement for proper documentation CONCLUSION. Software development is a process that requires proper collaboration between the developer and client. This is what will ensure the project is successful. Whichever model you choose, you should be comfortable with it. If working with a team, the members should also be able to work with it. Developing teams may face fatigue when working on projects which require a fast turnaround or long working hours. It’s therefore important that the time to be used for daily and overall work be well planned for. With this knowledge, now it’s easy to make a decision for all your software development projects. Have you faced any challenges in this area? Share with us in the comments. Pin125Share4PocketShare129 Shares Share your thoughts and experience. Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment. Submit Cancel Related posts. read more How to Analyze Your Competitive Landscape Using Game Theory . Success in business is hinged on many factors that owners and managers must focus on. One of these … #Business, Strategy 0 2 read more When to Sell Your Business? . Many would agree that the hardest part of going into business is starting it. 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Reading time 10 min read Published onMay 28, 2020 Modified onMarch 29, 2021 Category Change Management Table of Content   If you have been working as a software professional in the industry for a day or a lifetime, then you probably know that the Software Development Life Cycle is part of the daily rituals.   Assuming that you don’t know anything about SDLC or software development life cycle, this article will fill you in on everything you need to get started. We talk about SDLC in general; what it is, how it works, what are the phases that it goes through. In addition, we also look at a few software development lifecycle models that help to refine the overall workflow.   What is the Software Development Life Cycle?   Source   The Software Development Life cycle or SDLC is a thorough process to manufacture software that systematically ensures that the quality and the correctness of the software is according to the standards set by the company and the industry.   This life cycle aims to ensure that the software’s that are being manufactured in the industry are properly falling under the expectation bracket of the customer. One thing it ensures is that the development process of the software stays inside the already agreed upon cost and time frame.   The software development life cycle is a compilation of ideas and plans that explain the whole process of planning, building, maintaining software from initiation to completion. And it’s not a stagnant process either.   In every step of the way, some various processes and deliverables need to be worked on, to make sure that the next phase of the lifecycle goes smoothly.   Why use SDLC?   The following are a few of the reasons why we SDLC is important to produce software. It offers a basis for project planning, scheduling, and estimating It is a mechanism for project tracking and control Increased and enhance development speed Helps you to decrease project risk and project management plan overhead Provides a framework for a standard set of activities and deliverables Increases visibility of project planning to all involved stakeholders of the development process Improved client relations   What are the Phases included in the Software Development Lifecycle?   Source   The whole lifecycle is divided into the following stages. They are: Requirement collection and analysis Design Testing Maintenance Feasibility study Coding Installation/ Deployment   Let’s dive into the details of these phases and find out how the software development lifecycle works.   1. Requirements Collections and Analysis.     This is the first stage of the Software development life cycle which is executed by the most senior members of the development team. This execution is based on the inputs submitted by all of the domain experts and stakeholders connected to the industry.   One other important thing that is performed in this stage is the planning for the recognition of any potential risks and scope creeps, and the quality assurance requirements for the software in question.   This stage is important also because it makes the following entities connected to the project, quite clear. They are: Project Scope Anticipated Opportunities Anticipated Issues Anticipated Directives   Learn the complete process of project scope, here:  What is Project Management, Your Ultimate Guide on learning the Art   2. Feasibility Study.     Once the initial phase in over where we look over the requirements and how the software is going to be planned, we move on to the next step where all of the software needs and requirements are put onto paper and properly documented.   This document that is compiled in this step is done so with the help of the Software Requirement Specification document. It is known as the SRS document. This document includes every information that is to know about the development process and how everything is going to be designed and developed within the project development lifecycle.   Mainly there are 5 different feasibility checks that every project goes through. Economic: Can this project be completed on the budget that the whole upper management and the stakeholders signed off on? Schedule: Decide that the project can be completed within the given schedule or not Legal: Can this project pass the cyber law requirements and other regulatory compliances? Technical: Need to check whether the current computer system can support the software Operation feasibility: Can we create operations that are expected by the client?   Read this blog:  Your Go-To Guide to Creating 7 Important Project Documents   3. Design.     In the next stage of the software development life cycle, all of the software design and system documents are created on the specifications and requirements provided in the requirement specification document.   What this does is that it enables the team to easily define every nook and cranny of the system architecture.   Traditionally, there are two different types of design documents that are created in this phase of the software development life cycle. They are:   High-Level Design (HLD). Brief description and name of each module Interface relationship and dependencies between modules Complete architecture diagrams along with technology details An outline of the functionality of every module Database tables identified along with their key elements   Low-Level Design (LLD). Functional logic of the modules Complete detail of the interface Listing of error messages Database tables, which include type and size Addresses all types of dependency issues Complete input and outputs for every module   You might like these design tools:  12 Best Tools for Web and Graphic Designer   4. Coding.     Once the critical design phase is complete, the team members now direct their focus to one of the most important stages of the software development life cycle and that is coding.   In this phase, all of the developers roll their sleeves up and bunker own to code the entire system using the pre-selected programming language by the planning team.   The task allocation is performed in this stage which lets all of the team members and the developers know what their goals and milestones are regarding this project. This is basically the longest phase of the SDLC.   5. Testing.     When the coding is complete and the software has been completed, it is passed over to the realm of testing. This is where the testers test each nook and cranny of the software until they find issues and errors that are hindering a seamless execution of the software.   This testing is performed, to verify that the entire application is working without any hiccups according to the requirements provided to the team by the customer.   In this stage of the SDLC, the testing team finds all of the issues and errors that are putting obstacles in seamless execution of the software and when they find them, these errors or issues are communicated to the developers.   These developers fix these issues and send the software back to the tester to run a re-test. This process goes back and forth until finally, the software is free of any issues that hinder its successful execution according to the criteria set by the customer.   Check this out:  Top 5 Resources for QA Performance Analysis   6. Installation.   Once the coding and testing of the software have been completed by the respective teams and departments, we move onto the final deployment process. The software in this deployment step is free of any bugs or issues and is finally released, based on the valuable feedback the team receives from the project manager.   7. Maintenance.   Once the system has been successfully installed or deployed according to the feedback given by the project manager of the whole shebang, the customers start using the software that has been carefully and expertly crafted by the team members.   When that happens, the following three activities follow suit. They are as follows: Bug fixing – bugs are reported because of some scenarios which are not tested at all Enhancement – Adding some new features into the existing software Upgrade – Upgrading the application to the newer versions of the Software   What Are the Most Popular Models of the Software Development Life Cycle?   The following models are the ones that make up the whole SDLC. They are:   1. Waterfall Model.     One of the most important models of the software development life cycle that is widely accepted across the board is the waterfall model. In this model, the whole bigger chunk of the software development process is broken down into tiny phases that the team needs to accomplish.   In this model, the outcome of the previous phase acts as an input for the next phase in the roster.  One other thing to remember is that the waterfall model is very intensive when it comes to documentation. This means that the team has to document every phase as it comes along.   2. V-Model.     The next important model in the software development life cycle is the V-model. In this model, the phases are planned in parallel. This means that all the verifications that are needed and the validations that are necessary for the project are conducted on either the opposite side.   3. Agile Model.     The Agile methodology is not only important but also comes with numerous benefits when it comes to software development or even when it comes to the project management paradigm as a whole.  This methodology is a vital process that enables the interaction of two especially important phases of the SDLC process, which are testing and development.   In the Agile course of action, the whole big chunk of the project development process is divided into smaller builds that the team members can perform. These builds are performed in small iterations that are called sprints. These sprints can last from 1 to 3 weeks depending on the size of the team and the development process.   4. Spiral Model.   The Spiral model of the software development life cycle is a risk-driven one. This helps all the team members to adopt one or more process models included in the software development life cycle’s arsenal like the waterfall, Agile or V-model, etc.   This strategy enables the team members to use all of the best features of every one of those models and use them to their advantage in the process of software development.   4 Phases of the Project Management Life Cycle.   There are 4 different phases in which the whole project management life cycle is completed. They are: Initiation Planning Execution Closure   Let’s take a look at all of them in detail and find out how they contribute to the overall software project development life cycle.   1. Initiation.   One thing that you have to always do regardless of the product that you are trying to develop is to make sure that you have identified a business need or a problem that needs to be solved using your product.   During this phase, you need to figure out a specific objective for your project and also do an extensive feasibility study on whether or not you should be spending your money on this project or maybe you should try something else.   2. Planning.   The next step comes after your project is approved by the right people or the right stakeholders for the project. And when they have done that, you need to plan out the whole project development process from scratch or with some help from any previous projects.   During this phase, you scope out the budget, the team, and also a schedule for your project so that everything can be done according to the plan that you will create for the project and nothing gets delayed.   3. Execution.   Next on the list is Execution. In this step, the project development process is worked on and all of the tasks and processes related to the project are performed by the relevant people.   All of the plans and schedules that you set for the project development process are monitored here and you get the finished product from your project development team.   If you think that you need project management software that will help you keep track of all of those tasks and processes, then you should try out nTask.   4. Closure.   The last step in this process is Closure. In this stage, you need to close down the project development process, clear your dues and keep your software under observation.   This observation helps you to make sure that the software build is stable and complete, and you have a finished product at hand. In this phase, you also get to know what worked for this project and what didn’t, which will help you to develop more stable builds like this in the future.   Conclusion.   Based on everything we have talked about the software development lifecycle, some of the key highlights could be summed up as appended below. Bear in mind that SDLC is an ever-evolving phenomenon due to changing technology and industry needs. Feel free to improvise as a project manager – or a program manager for that matter. The SDLC is a systematic process for building software that ensures the quality and correctness of the software built SDLC process provides a framework for a standard set of activities and deliverables The senior team members conduct the requirement analysis phase In the Design phase, the system and software design documents are prepared as per the requirement specification document Testing is the next phase which is conducted to verify that the entire application works according to the customer requirement. Bug fixing, upgrade, and engagement actions covered in the maintenance face SDLC consists of a detailed plan which explains how to plan, build, and maintain specific software The full form SDLC is Software Development Lifecycle Seven different SDLC stages are 1) Requirement collection and analysis 2) Feasibility study: 3) Design 4) Coding 5) Testing: 6) Installation/Deployment and 7) Maintenance Feasibility Study stage includes everything which should be designed and developed during the project life cycle In the coding phase, developers start to build the entire system by writing code using the chosen programming language Installation and deployment face begins when the software testing phase is over, and no bugs or errors left in the system Waterfall, Incremental, Agile, V model, Spiral, Big Bang are some of the popular SDLC models   Simple & Collaborative Teamwork. More efficiency, Improved performance & faster deliveries Try it Now! More related articles:. 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BodyIntroduction to Software Development Life Cycle: Phases & Models 9Technology SDLC – Software Development Life Cycle. SDLC stands for Software Development Life Cycle. It is a process that gives a complete idea about developing, designing, and maintaining a software project by ensuring that all the functionalities along with user requirements, objectives, and end goals are addressed. With SDLC, the software project’s quality and the overall software development process get enhanced. Benefits of SDLC. For any software project, SDLC offers the following benefits With SDLC, one can address the goals and problems so that the project is implemented with the highest precision and accuracyIn SDLC, the project members cannot proceed ahead before completion & approval of the prior stagesAny installation in the project that has been executed using the SDLC has necessary checks so that it is tested with precision before entering the installation stageWith a well-defined SDLC in place, project members can continue the software development process without incurring any complicationsSDLC offers optimal control with minimum problems, allowing the project members to run the project smoothly Stages of SDLC. SDLC Stages Stage 1: Requirement Gathering & Analysis Phase In an SDLC, this is the first and most crucial phase for a software project’s success. In this phase, communication takes place between stakeholders, end-users, and project teams, as both functional and non-functional requirements are gathered from customers. The Requirement Gathering & Analysis Phase of SDLC involves the following Analysis of functionality and financial feasibilityIdentifying and capturing requirements of stakeholders through customer interactions like interviews, surveys, etc.Clearly defining and documenting customer requirements in an SRS (Software Resource Specification Document) comprising of all product requirements that need to be developedCreating project prototypes to show the end-user how the project will look Stage 2: Design Phase In the design phase of an SDLC, the architectural design is proposed for the project based on the SRS Document requirements. The Designing Phase of SDLC involves the following Separation of hardware and software system requirementsDesigning the system architecture based on gathered requirementsCreating Unified Modelling Language (UML) diagrams like- use cases, class diagrams, sequence diagrams, and activity diagrams Stage 3: Development Phase In the entire SDLC, the development phase is considered to be the longest one. In this phase, the actual project is developed and built. The Development Phase of SDLC involves the following Actual code is writtenDemonstration of accomplished work presented before a Business Analyst for further modification of workUnit testing is performed, i.e., verifying the code based on requirements Stage 4: Testing Phase Almost all stages of SDLC involves the testing strategy. However, SDLC’s testing phase refers to checking, reporting, and fixing the system for any bug/defect. In this phase, the on-going system or project is migrated to a test environment where different testing forms are performed. This testing continues until the project has achieved the quality standards, as mentioned in the SRS document during the requirement gathering phase. The Testing Phase involves the following- Testing the system as a wholePerforming different types of test in the systemReporting and fixing all forms of bugs & defects Stage 5: Deployment & Maintenance Phase In this SDLC phase, once the system testing has been done, it is ready to be launched. The system may be initially released for limited users by testing it in a real business environment for UAT or User Acceptance Testing. The Deployment & Maintenance Phase involves the following- The system is ready for deliveryThe system is installed and usedErrors are rectified that might have been previously missedEnhancing the system inside a data center SDLC Models Various SDLC models are defined and designed to follow the software development process. These models are also known as Software Development Process Models. Each of these models follows a series of steps for ensuring the complete success of a project. Some of the most popular SDLC models used for software development include- Waterfall ModelIterative-Incremental ModelSpiral ModelAgile ModelRapid Action Development (RAD) Model Waterfall Model This model is the most commonly used SDLC model. In this model, each phase starts only after the previous step has been completed. This is a linear model having no feedback loops. Waterfall Model Strengths of the Waterfall Model Easy to understand and useAchievements are well-definedDefines requirements stabilityWorks well when the project quality is important Weaknesses of the Waterfall Model It cannot match reality wellDifficult to make changesSoftware delivered towards the end of the project onlyTesting begins only after the development phase is complete Iterative-Incremental Model In this model, in the initial stages, a partial implementation of the complete system is constructed such that it will be present in a deliverable form. Increased functionalities are added and for any defects, they are fixed with the working product delivered at the end. This process is repeated until the product development cycle gets completed. These repetitions of processes are known as iterations. With each iteration, a product increment gets delivered. Iterative-Incremental Model Strengths of Iterative-Incremental Model Prioritized requirements can be initially developedThe initial delivery of the product is fasterLower initial delivery costsChanges in requirements can be easily adjusted Weaknesses of Iterative-Incremental Model There are requirements for effective iterations planningEfficient design is required for including the required functionalitiesAn early definition of a complete, as well as fully functional system, is needed for allowing increments definitionClear module interfaces are required Spiral Model The spiral model combines risk analysis along with RAD prototyping to the Waterfall model. Each of the cycles has the same steps as in the case of the Waterfall model. Spiral Model The spiral model has 4 quadrants, namely- Determine Objectives, Alternatives and Constraints (Quadrant 1), Evaluate Alternatives, Identify and Resolve Risks (Quadrant 2), Develop Next-Level Product (Quadrant 3) and Planning the Next Phase (Quadrant 4). Strengths of the Spiral Model An early indication of the risks can be provided, without incurring much costUsers can have a look at their system early due to rapid prototyping toolsUsers are involved in all lifecycle stagesCritical & high-risk functionalities are initially developed Weaknesses of the Spiral Model It may be hard to set the objectives, verifiable milestones for indicating preparedness to go ahead with the next iterationTime spent on addressing risks can be large for smaller & low-risk involved projectsThe spiral model can be complex to understand for new membersThe spiral may go on indefinitely Agile Model The agile model is the combination of the iterative-incremental model that depends on process adaptability along with customer satisfaction through the delivery of software products. In this model, the project is broken down into smaller time frames for delivering certain features during a release. Agile Model Strengths of the Agile Model Easy to accommodate changing requirementsRegular communication takes place between customers and developersFunctionalities can be developed quickly and demonstrated to customers Weaknesses of the Agile Model Not ideal for handling complex dependenciesTeams need to have the desired experience levels for adhering method rules Rapid Application Development (RAD) Model The RAD SDLC model is based on prototyping and iterative development, with no involvement of a defined planning structure. In this model, different function modules are parallelly developed as prototypes and then integrated to speed up product delivery. RAD Model Strengths of RAD Model Reduced cycle time and enhanced productivity with minimal team membersCustomer’s continuous involvement ensures minimal risks of not achieving customer satisfactionEasy to accommodate any user changes Weaknesses of RAD Model Hard to use and implement with legacy systemsHeavily dependent on technically strong members for identifying business requirements Author Recent Posts Rishabh SinhaContent Writer at ESDS Software Solutions LimitedRishabh Sinha is passionate about writing on the latest technological trends such as Big Data, IoT, Cloud, to name a few. In his leisure time, one can find him reading about the latest technology trends altering human and technology ecosystems. Latest posts by Rishabh Sinha (see all) Data Privacy or Data Security: Which One is Important for You? - November 18, 2021 Determining AI & Its Importance in the Healthcare Industry - October 4, 2021 Understanding IoT Security Challenges - September 17, 2021 Related posts:. 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TitleWhat Is SDLC? Phases, Models and Tools — Devox Software
Urlhttps://devoxsoftware.com/blog/software-development-lifecycle/
DescriptionIf you have ever been wondering what these four letters stand for or how to implement SDLC in your project management, you’ve come to the right place
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H1Software Development Lifecycle: Stages, Methodologies & Tools
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BodySoftware Development Lifecycle: Stages, Methodologies & Tools Julia Martyniuk 30 December 2020 #management Outstanding projects start with an outstanding breadth of view. Like any other multifaceted system, software development calls for dive-deep planning, groundwork, and management, especially, if you have to juggle several processes. For the project to go off without a hitch, you’ll need a stringent system that renders the entire engineer undertaking effective and allows the software team to deliver excellent results in a timely manner. The software development cycle is what helps to achieve these objectives. The SDLC can marker-pen development inaccuracies in their infancy, which alleviates time and money headaches. This approach can also chart out a plan for faring well from the first take. Therefore, any good developer worth his salt should be well-versed in the SDLC models and choose the one according to the project context and the business requirements. So if you’ve been wondering “What are the phases of the software development life cycle”, this article will provide an extensive guide on the 6 SDLC stages and 7 key SDLC methodologies. By the end of this article, you’ll find out why this approach is important and what SDLC tools are worth considering. Now that we’ve set our agenda, let’s get started! What is SDLC? 6 Stages of Software Development Process 7 Key SDLC Methodologies A Brief Overview of Software Development Lifecycle Tools Why Is Software Development Life Cycle Important? What is SDLC? As we’ve stated above, SDLC (software development lifecycle) is the process that a software project follows and which consists of a detailed plan describing how to develop, maintain, replace, change or improve specific software. The lifecycle defines a methodology for improving software quality and the overall development process. But what is SDLC in software practice? Basically, it is the implementation of go-to business practices for crafting tech solutions. As a result, teams produce high-quality software that meets or exceeds customer expectations. The SDLC also allows companies to perform a fine-grain analysis of each step, thus boosting efficiency and minimizing costs throughout the whole engineering process. The SDLC is usually broken down into six steps: Analysis, Planning, Architecture Design, Development, Testing, and Maintenance. Some PMs may combine, divide, or skip some stages, leaning on the project’s requirements. However, these are the must-have constituents suggested for all software engineering projects. With that being said, let us have a closer look at each of the software development phases. 6 Stages of Software Development Process. As it has been mentioned, the number of SDLC phases may vary according to the applied methodology and the preferences of the development team or company. Thus, the Agile development process welcomes constant change through iterative workflow and each iteration accounts for the next piece of the engineering puzzle. One iteration usually takes one to four weeks depending on the team and completion time. Therefore, the scope of each iteration is only as broad as the allocated time allows, resulting in a different set of stages for each software product. At the same time, the Waterfall methodology is a linear and documentation-laden project management process with terminal phases. It means that each stage must be finalized before the next phase can start and there is no overlapping in the phases. The Waterfall methodology is usually broken into seven steps, which require painstaking planning using a Gantt chart. The only way to revisit a stage is to start over at phase one. We’ll dive deeper into each methodology further in the article. Now let’s go over the six stages that are inevitably present in each of software development lifecycle methodologies. 1. Analysis. During this software development lifecycle phase, the specialists meticulously collect precise requirements from the customer to present a solution fine-tuned to their needs. Any unclarities must be elucidated in this stage only. The analysis phase also gathers business requirements and identifies any potential risks. This step in SDLC also includes a feasibility study, which defines all fortes and weak points of the project to assess the overall project viability. 2. Planning. The purpose of the second stage is to outline the scope of the problem and identify solutions. Resources, costs, time, and other aspects should be considered here. The planning phase of the SDLC is also when the project plan is developed that identifies, prioritizes, and assigns the tasks and resources required to build the structure for a project. With that said, this step culminates in a detailed project plan. 3. Architecture & Design. The third phase entails two further steps – High-Level Design (HLD) and Low-Level Design (LLD). The result of the former is the future architecture of a software product, whereas the LLD step describes how each and every feature in the product should work. It’s also in this phase when the database specification is developed to decide on data management and storage for future processing, retrieval, or evaluation. Among other things, the development team will mull over the core components, structure, processing, and procedures for the system to reach the stated goal. This design phase lays a foundation for the next step of the life cycle, which is development. 4. Development. Software development turns your project’s requirements and prototypes into a tangible solution. Thus, engineers start creating the entire system by crafting code using the required technology. During this software development lifecycle phase, clients will be able to have a first look at your future product. And by the end of the building process, clients will have an operating feature to share with the customers. 5. Testing. In the fifth stage, all the pieces of code are tested to verify and validate a software product. Testers then perform Software Testing Life Cycle activities to monitor the system for bugs, and defects. This is done to check the correspondence between the real and expected behavior of a program. The testing stage and the initial SDLC phases can be performed with both internal software development and outsourcing, as they require end-user interaction. 6. Maintenance. Once the system is deployed, any necessary upgrades, enhancements, and changes can be made, implementing new features into the operating software. It is crucial to maintain and modernize the system regularly so it can adapt to future needs. Now it’s time to move onto the key software development lifecycle models or methodologies if you like. 7 Key SDLC Methodologies. There are quite a few SDLC methodologies that have been put in place over the years to make the development process time-efficient and productive. Here is a brief overview of SDLC models and the advantages they offer. Agile. Agile emerged in the 90s as an alternative to the process-intensive, document-heavy and plan-driven approaches like Waterfall. Essentially, the Agile model is all about delivering value to customers faster, while minimizing bureaucracy. One can also immediately associate Agile with collaborative work, continuous delivery, faster feedback, and quick adoption. As a result, organizations can adapt and master continuous change and are able to thrive in any challenging environment. This brings us to its core strengths. Advantages of Agile: Highly flexible, change-friendly, fast-responding Good fit for small and mid-sized teams Working software is delivered quickly to the client, which increases customer’s satisfaction Close, regular cooperation between stakeholders and developers Disadvantages: Time-consuming due to the on-going Agile events Poor fit for teams of 15+ members Agile project management can be tricky, as the Project Manager must consider proper role identification and facilitate team cooperation Waterfall. This SDLC model refers to the traditional and seasoned project management approach that places initial planning at the heart of all processes. The model is based on a sequential design process when a team finishes one stage before starting off the next one. It allows the execution of big and complex projects that are very challenging, labor-intensive, or hard to change after the project has already begun. Advantages: In-depth, thorough planning (including financial and timing risks) Uses clear structure and rigidity Upfront requirement gathering Phases do not overlap Disadvantages: Change-averse – even one tiny change violates the process integrity Irreversibility of the process – teams have to run the projects from the very beginning in case of an unexpected roadblock during the mid-stage No operating software is presented until the late stages, which is especially inconvenient for lengthy, complex projects Lean. In short, Lean methodology is one of SDLC methodologies used for reducing operational costs, improving quality, increasing productivity, and improving customer satisfaction. This methodology relies heavily on two foundational credos, including continuous improvement and respect for people. Lean is also sometimes referred to as a collection of tools used to analyze the current state with the purpose of identifying strong points and inefficiencies and increasing overall performance. Additionally, this model is known for the pull structure, which means that the work is pulled only if there is a need for it to achieve maximum resource optimization. Advantages: Concurrent work – a team can focus on multiple tasks within two different stages Improved visibility thanks to the quick delivery of interim results Minimized wastage – team skips or amends any stages, features or processes, which do not add value Increased team productivity Disadvantages: Lean sprints are not clear-cut, which accounts for vague result expectations Requires coordinated teamwork, which is not always the case, especially with newly-minted team members The attention to detail is unrelenting to the point of exhaustion Iterative. Within this approach, the whole project is broken down into several iterations or time periods that usually take from two to six weeks. During each iteration, the team fulfills tasks to meet the goal of a particular iteration. Although iterations are implemented to embrace changes in scope, the project team still strives to plan as much work upfront as possible. Advantages: Progress is easily measured – each iteration delivers an immediate result or operational product Flexibility to modification – changes are hassle-free and easier on the budget Adaptable to the evolving needs Mitigates risks – issues are identified and addressed during each iteration Disadvantages: Not very suitable for changing requirements, since modifications can have a toll on the architecture Each iteration is rigid with no overlaps Roadworthy for big projects only Spiral. This SDLC model is a kind of iterative-incremental combination with an emphasis on risk analysis. Based on the unique risk patterns of a given project, the model encourages the team to adopt elements of one or more process models, such as an incremental, waterfall, or evolutionary prototyping. The spiral model has proven itself in terms of increased attention to risk in projects with unstable requirements that may change during the project. Advantages: Superior risk handling during the Analysis phase Flexibility – additional changes and functionality can be added at a later date Well-documented focus Increased client involvement in the project even in the early stages Disadvantages: A costly SDLC model to use since risk analysis requires specific expertise Suitable only for complex, mission-critical projects The project’s success hinges on the risk analysis phase V SDLC. This is an advanced version of the classic Waterfall SDLC model. It provides in-depth control of the current process before moving to the next stage. With the V-model, testing starts as early as the requirements writing stage. Testing implies early quality control through a series of reviews and checks, which is called static testing. This method allows you to identify flaws at the earliest stages of project development and minimize errors in the future. Advantages: Clear phase division Ideal for time management Testing starts early, which ensures a clear vision of the business idea and its implementation Proactive defect tracking thanks to ongoing testing Disadvantages: Hardly allows reacting flexibly No early prototypes, which means no tangible result for clients until the implementation phase High risks and ambiguities The one thing that unites all these SDLC methodologies is the possibility to streamline complex processes by making use of various tools during each phase. A Brief Overview of Software Development Lifecycle Tools. SDLC tools are indispensable for managing the software development process. From charting software to spreadsheets, specified solutions make the developers’ lives much easier and help not to get sidetracked amid the project chaos. Jira. This software is designed to simplify workflow management for a wide variety of teams. Jira was originally designed as a simple system for tracking tasks and errors. But today, it has evolved into a powerful workflow management tool suitable for a wide variety of cases, from requirements management and test scenarios to agile software development. Asana. This web service is geared towards teamwork without traditional ways of information exchange and with no mobile applications. Most of you have probably heard of or even worked on Trello and Basecamp. Asana is less well known, but it has reacher functionality than the popular Basecamp, while maintaining a clear interface, unlike Trello. It shares a plethora of functions from setting goals and timelines to real-time sync and over 100 integrations. Trello. It is one of the most popular online project management systems, which is a staple among small companies and startups. It allows teams to efficiently organize their work according to the Japanese kanban board methodology. Trello is the easiest tool to implement into your workflow without long staff adaptation. Git. This tool is an open-source distributed version control system. A version control system or VCS can greatly facilitate the work of developers trying to analyze changes and contributions to the overall code. This SDLC tool is a key element in managing software customizations that meet the needs of the project. Git allows developers to have multiple local branches that can be entirely independent of each other. Stash. This solution simplifies administration and management tasks. Stash keeps growing Git repositories safe within firewall coverage and allows team members to add users and user groups as well as set detailed rules directly from the UI. This software development lifecycle tool also enables developers to create and manage repositories within the tool. In simple words, Atlassian’s Stash is your local version of GitHub. Source Tree. It is a free cross-platform visual client of the Git and Mercurial version control system that runs on Windows and Mac OS X. SourceTree simplifies interaction with Git and Mercurial repositories so software engineers can focus on coding. Here, they can visualize and manage repositories through a simple interface. Confluence. This is one of software development lifecycle tools that represents a teamwork space suitable for distributed teams. Its dynamic pages provide a platform for creativity, information gathering, and collaboration within any project. Team players can structure and organize their work and share the organization’s knowledge base. Confluence is equally effective for teams of all sizes and types, whether they are dealing with large, mission-critical projects or just looking for space to build a team culture. Why Is Software Development Life Cycle Important? Software is the epitome of complexity. And SDLC is a vital element in the tech universe because it dismantles the complex and tedious software development process. Thus, this methodology obviates the need of building a system from scratch. Also, an effective software development life cycle is what helps translate a vague business idea into a functional and completely operational structure. Besides providing for system development technicalities, SDLC caters to the process development, change management, user experience, and other crucial things. Finally, another aspect that adds to the importance of this approach is that it allows for upfront planning, evaluating costs, and making clever staffing decisions, as well as defining clear goals, inputs, and outputs. Julia Martyniuk Project Manager Julia Martyniuk is a Project Manager at Devox Software. She has got her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Information Systems and Technology. She manages outsourced projects and dedicated teams in various areas. Julia knows everything about project estimations, calendar plans, setting tasks, and the ways to control project workflow. She holds demo calls and meetings to ensure clear communication between our clients and development teams. Don't forget to share this post! 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TitleSystems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Standard | Policy Library
Urlhttps://policy.ku.edu/IT/systems-development-life-cycle-standard
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BodySystems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Standard PolicyPurpose: The purpose of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Standards is to describe the minimum required phases and considerations for developing and/or implementing new software and systems at the University of Kansas. Applies to: University employees (faculty, staff, and student employees), students, and other covered individuals (e.g., University affiliates, vendors, independent contractors, etc.) that do any type of software or systems development work under the auspices of the University. In the event a KU Department or Unit chooses to seek an exemption for reasons such as inability to meet specific points, tasks, or subtasks within the SDLC Policy or Standards, a SDLC Review Committee, comprised of representatives from across campus as designated by Information Technology, will convene in order to assess the specific merits of the exemption request(s) while still adhering to the main principles behind the SDLC Policy and Standards. Campus: LawrenceEdwardsPolicy Statement: All systems and software development work done at the University of Kansas shall adhere to industry best practices with regard to a Systems (Software) Development Life Cycle. These industry standard development phases are defined by ISO/IEC 15288 and ISO/IEC 12207. The minimum required phases and the tasks and considerations within these Systems development phases are outlined below. All of the following sub-tasks and considerations, as listed in the below respective standard development phases, are mandatory if the system or software development deals with Level 1 data in any way. Otherwise, the sub-tasks and considerations are recommended steps within the required standard development phases. System Initiation: A need or opportunity is defined. Concept proposal is made. An initial feasibility study is conducted. A project charter (if necessary) is formulated. System Requirements Analysis: Analyze user needs and develop user requirements. Create a detailed Functional Requirements Document. Break down the system, process, or problem into discrete units or modules and utilize diagrams and other visual tools in order to analyze the situation or need. Any security requirements must be defined. System Design This phase transforms the requirements into a Design Document. The functions and operations of the system or software being designed are described in detail. A risk analysis should be done between the System Requirements and System Design phases. A final design review should be done to ensure the design addresses practicality, efficiency, cost, flexibility, and security. System Construction (Procurement): This phase entails the transformation of the detailed design documents into a finished product or solution. Manual and automated testing at a unit or module level is done throughout this phase by the system or software developers. Security considerations are taken into account during testing. A third-party product may be utilized as a system or software solution if it best fits the user requirements and is more practical from a budgetary and/or resource perspective. However, all of the next phases should be followed regardless of whether the solution was developed in-house or purchased. System Testing and Acceptance: This phase should validate or confirm that the developed system or software meets all functional requirements as captured during the System Requirements Analysis phase. Representatives separate from the development group should conduct internal Quality Assurance (QA) testing. Representative(s) from the user group should conduct user acceptance testing. Documentation during testing should detail and match testing criteria to specific requirements. While unit and module testing should be done throughout the entire SDLC, this phase entails holistic testing of the finished product and the final acceptance testing by the user(s). Final security assessment testing is now conducted. Any problems identified during the previous phases must be resolved or remediated before implementation. System Implementation: The finished, tested, and user-accepted system or software is moved from the testing environment to production. All tools, code, or access mechanisms used for development or testing of the system or software must be removed from the software that is being moved into a production environment. Any necessary user training should be done prior to or during this phase. System Maintenance This phase is the ongoing life of the system or software. Unlike the other phases, this phase only ends when the system or software is decommissioned. A customer/user support structure and any other necessary operational support processes should be in place. Any planned changes to the system or software should be scheduled, communicated, and documented. Continuous security penetration testing is conducted on the system or software throughout its life cycle at regularly scheduled intervals. Mandatory security testing is conducted when any major configuration or architecture change is made. 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TitleSoftware Development Process: How to Pick The Process That’s Right For You | Planio
Urlhttps://plan.io/blog/software-development-process/
DescriptionThere are lots of things in life that are better with a little spontaneity—relationships, weekend plans, tattoos. But software development isn’t one of them. Instead, as Benjamin Franklin so famously put it: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin Every great piece..
DateOct 2, 2019
Organic Position30
H1Software Development Process: How to Pick The Process That’s Right For You
H2The SDLC: What is the software development lifecycle and why is it so important to have one?
The 7 stages of the SDLC
The 5 best Software Development Processes (and how to pick the right one for you)
Processes and plans are just guesses
What makes a great project manager? The 10 most crucial project management skills for 2019 (and how to develop them)
5 Ways to Give (And Receive) Negative Feedback
What is a Workflow? How to Create a Winning Workflow for Your Process
H31. Analysis and Planning
2. Requirements
3. Design and Prototyping
4. Software Development
5. Testing
6. Deployment
7. Maintenance and Updates
1. Waterfall
2. Agile and Scrum
3. Incremental and Iterative
4. V-Shaped
5. Spiral
Working With Planio
H2WithAnchorsThe SDLC: What is the software development lifecycle and why is it so important to have one?
The 7 stages of the SDLC
The 5 best Software Development Processes (and how to pick the right one for you)
Processes and plans are just guesses
What makes a great project manager? The 10 most crucial project management skills for 2019 (and how to develop them)
5 Ways to Give (And Receive) Negative Feedback
What is a Workflow? How to Create a Winning Workflow for Your Process
BodySoftware Development Process: How to Pick The Process That’s Right For You There are lots of things in life that are better with a little spontaneity—relationships, weekend plans, tattoos. But software development isn’t one of them. Instead, as Benjamin Franklin so famously put it:“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin Every great piece of software starts with a plan and a clear process in place. Luckily, there are numerous software development processes you can choose from when you’re starting your next project. But which software development process is right for you?In this guide, we’ll go over the basics of your software development lifecycle, why it’s so important to understand, and then cover the pros and cons of the five best software development processesThe SDLC: What is the software development lifecycle and why is it so important to have one?Whether you plan it or not, every piece of software goes through a similar path from idea to launch day. Collectively, the steps of this path are called the software development lifecycle (or SDLC for short). The SDLC is the sequence of steps that take place during the development of a piece of software. Traditionally, each step creates an output–whether an idea, document, diagram, or piece of working software–which is then used as the input for the next step. And so on until you hit your goal.That being said, software is never really “finished.” Even the release of your first version can be seen as just another step in the lifecycle of your software.The importance of having a clear process and knowing your development steps can’t be understated.Even though you can launch software without a clear process in place doesn’t mean you should. Thanks to years of testing, iteration, and development, modern software development processes make building new tools cheaper, more efficient, and less stressful.But maybe even more than that, using a formalized SDLC has a number of other benefits: Creates a common vocabulary for each step along the way Defines communication channels and expectations between developers and project stakeholders Sets clear roles and responsibilities for your entire team (developers, designers, project managers, etc...) Provides an agreed-upon “definition of done” for each step to stop scope creep and help keep the project moving Formalizes how to handle bugs, feature requests, and updates On the other hand, not having a software development plan in place means longer timeframes, subpar quality, or even outright failure. Even worse, your developers won’t know what to make. While your project managers will have no clue how much progress has been made and whether you’re on budget or even on track to complete it! Deciding whether to have a formal software development process is like asking if you’d rather stumble around in the blazing desert heat hoping you’ll run into an Oasis, or have a map that takes you straight there.I know which option I’d choose. So let’s start by understanding the core “building blocks” of the SDLC and then look at how to optimize them by choosing the right software development process for your team.Deciding whether to have a formal software development process is like asking if you’d rather stumble around in the blazing desert heat hoping you’ll run into an Oasis, or have a map that takes you straight there.The 7 stages of the SDLC. If you’re a project manager, you’re probably already familiar with the different steps in the SDLC. As the shepherd for a digital project, you have to think about everything from requirements to stakeholder communication, development, and ongoing maintenance.These steps are all pretty much the same across any software development process you use. However, as we’ll go into later, the order and sequence they occur in can change depending on your needs, goals, and project and team size (for example, some steps might be combined, duplicated, or run in parallel).1. Analysis and Planning. Once a customer or stakeholder has requested a project, the first step of the SDLC is planning. This usually means looking into: Alignment: How does this project connect to your company’s larger mission and goals? Resource availability and allocation: Do you have the people and tools you need to take this on? Project scheduling: How does this project fit within your company’s goals and other tasks? Cost estimation: How much is it going to cost? The planning phase ensures you’re starting off on the right foot. So try to make sure you include all of the departments that are going to be impacted by this project, including project managers, developers, operations, security, and key stakeholders. At the end of the planning phase, you should have enough information to put together a high-level scope of work (SOW)—a plan that details what’s being built, why, and how you see it coming together.2. Requirements. The next step is to understand the technical requirements of this project. Every piece of software—whether it’s an app, website redesign, or new feature—needs to solve a customer problem.As you move on from the planning phase and continue to fill out the SOW, ask questions about the specifics around this project, such as: What problem does this solve? Who’s going to use it and why? What sort of data input/output is needed? Will you need to integrate with other tools or APIs? How will you handle security/privacy? Once your development team gets the answers to these questions, they can start to scope out technical requirements, testing terms, and decide on a technology stack. This phase is also where you might start sprint planning (if you’re using an Agile software development process) or break down large tasks into more actionable steps.3. Design and Prototyping. With the requirements in place, it’s time to start designing what this software will look like and how it will function. We’re not talking about aesthetics here, but functionality and flow. As Steve Jobs famously said:Design is not just what it looks and feels like.Design is how it works.Depending on the software development process you’re following, this phase of the SDLC might mean you create simple wireframes to show how interactions will work in the software, or make more full-fledged prototypes using a tool like Marvel or InVision to test with users. Alternatively, you might decide you need more user feedback and do a design sprint to quickly get a feature or idea in front of your users. However you choose to tackle it, this stage helps your team and your client—whether a customer or stakeholder—validate ideas and get valuable feedback before you commit your ideas to code.4. Software Development. With everyone onboard with the software’s proposed functionality and design, it’s time to build it according to the requirements and SOW.This phase is obviously the hardest and potentially riskiest stage of the SDLC (and each of the software development processes we’ll discuss below handle it differently.) However, whether you’re working in Agile sprints, building out an MVP, or using the more traditional waterfall method, the goal here is to stick to the SOW, avoid scope creep, and build clean, efficient software.5. Testing. As your team is developing the software, you’ll most likely be simultaneously testing, tracking, and fixing bugs. However, once the features are complete and the product is deemed ready to go, you’ll need to do another round of more in-depth testing. This could mean releasing the product to a small group of beta testers or using UX tools to track how users interact with it.While testing could be another long stage of the SDLC, it’s important to make sure you’re not shipping buggy software to real customers. As we wrote in our guide to bug tracking tools and workflows, bugs can kill your reputation, make you lose revenue, and, worst of all, take up hours of development time that could’ve been put towards building new features.6. Deployment. With the heavy lifting (and coding) out of the way, it’s time to launch your software to all of your users. What we’re talking about here is pushing your code into production. Not coming up with and implementing a go-to-market strategy (that’s more up to your sales and marketing teams). In most companies, this step should be pretty much automated using a continuous deployment model or Application Release Automation (ARA) tool.7. Maintenance and Updates. The SDLC isn’t over once your software is in the wild. It’s a “lifecycle”, remember? The ending of one phase is just the beginning of another, and that goes for post-launch as well.Requirements and customer needs are always evolving. And as people begin to use your software, they’ll undoubtedly find bugs, request new features, and ask for more or different functionality. (Not to mention the basic upkeep and maintenance of your application or software to ensure uptime and customer satisfaction.)All of these requests need to flow back into your product backlog of task list so they can be prioritized and become part of your product roadmap.The 5 best Software Development Processes (and how to pick the right one for you). While the SDLC we outlined above might seem like a step-by-step plan for building software, it’s really more of a guideline.Yes, you need to check each box to ensure you’re shipping and maintaining great software. But how you check them, when, and in what order is up to you. Over the years, a number of different software development processes have been formalized to tackle more and more complex projects. But which one is right for you?Ultimately, which process you use will come down to your goals, the size of the project and your team, and other factors. To help you decide, here are 5 of the best software development processes with pros and cons for each. 1. Waterfall. What it is:The Waterfall software development process (also known as the “linear sequential model” or “Classic lifecycle model”) is one of the oldest and most traditional models for building software. In its most basic form, you can think of the Waterfall method as following each step of the SDLC in sequence–you have to finish each one sequentially before moving on. However, in most practical applications the phases overlap slightly, with feedback and information being passed between them.Some people also like to call this a “plan-driven” process as in order to complete a project, you first need to know everything that needs to be done and in what order. Hence the name “Waterfall” as each section flows into the next one.Phases: Planning Requirements System and software design Implementation Testing Deployment Maintenance/Updates Who it’s for: Teams with rigid structures and documentation needs.Due to its rigid structure and big up-front planning time, the Waterfall software development process works best when your goals, requirements, and technology stack are unlikely to radically change during the development process (such as during shorter one-off projects).In more practical terms, the Waterfall process is best suited for larger organizations (like government agencies) that require sign-offs and documentation on all requirements and scope before a project starts.Who it’s not for:If you’re testing a new product, need user feedback mid-stream, or want to be more dynamic in your development process, following the Waterfall development process probably isn’t right for you. While straightforward, this process’s biggest drawback is that it lacks flexibility. You won’t be creating and testing MVPs or prototypes and changing your mind along the way. And because of this, unless your scope is tightly written, you might end up committing to the wrong path without knowing it until launch day.2. Agile and Scrum. What it is:The Agile software development process (and its most popular methodology, Scrum) opt for an iterative and dynamic approach to development.As opposed to the Waterfall process’ strict, sequential flow, in Agile, cross-functional teams work in “Sprints” of 2 weeks to 2 months to build and release usable software to customers for feedback.Agile is all about moving fast, releasing often, and responding to the real needs of your users, even if it goes against what’s in your initial plan. This means you don’t need a full list of requirements and a complete SOW before starting work. Instead, you’re essentially moving in one direction with the understanding that you’ll change course along the way.There’s a lot more to Agile than just this (which we cover in this Guide to implementing Agile and Scrum). However, here’s a simple example of how it might look in practice. Let’s say you’re building a new feature for one of your products that could have X, Y, and Z features. Rather than spend months building everything, you would spend 2-4 weeks creating the bare minimum that is both useful and usable (in what’s called an “Agile Sprint”) and then release it to your customers. This allows tighter feedback loops throughout the software development process so you can adapt and react to real customer needs.Phases: Product Backlog Sprint backlog Sprint (Design & Develop) Release working software Feedback and validation (add to backlog) Plan next sprint Who it’s for: Dynamic teams doing continuous updates to products.Thanks to its dynamic and user-focused nature, Agile is the software development process favored by most startups and technology companies testing new products or doing continuous updates to long-standing ones.As it becomes easier to do small releases and gather user feedback, Agile allows companies to move faster and test theories without risking their entire livelihood on a major release their users hate. Also, as testing takes place after each small iteration, it’s easier to track bugs or roll back to a previous product version if something more serious is broken.Who it’s not for: Team's with extremely tight budgets and timelines.On the flipside, Agile’s dynamic nature means projects can easily go over their initial timeframe or budget, create conflicts with existing architecture, or get derailed by mismanagement. This means it’s not the best choice for risk-averse or resource-strapped teams.Additionally, using Agile and Scrum takes dedication and a solid understanding of the underlying process to pull off properly. Which is why it’s important to have at least one dedicated Scrum master on your team to make sure sprints and milestones are being hit and the project doesn’t stall out. 3. Incremental and Iterative. What it is:The incremental and iterative software development processes are a middle-ground between the structure and upfront planning of the Waterfall process and the flexibility of Agile.While both follow the idea of creating small bits of software and exposing them to users for feedback, they differ in what you create during each release.In the Incremental software development process, each “incremental” increase of the product adds a simple form of a new function or feature. Think of it like coming up with an overall plan, building an MVP with only the core functionality, and then adding features based on feedback.In the Iterative software development process, however, each version you release includes a version of all your planned features. Think of it like building a v0.1 with the most simple version of each feature and then upgrading it across the board in v0.2, v0.3, and so on.Incremental Phases: Increment Planning Specifications Development Validation Repeat for each version Iterative Phases: Analysis Design Development Testing (Repeat these until you’re ready to release) Who it’s for: Teams with clear requirement who want more flexibility than the Waterfall method provides.Both of these add a certain level of flexibility to your software development process without throwing an overall plan out the window, making them ideal for large projects with defined scopes (or teams with less risk tolerance).With the incremental process, you get early feedback on your core feature, which can help you validate your business case right away. Whereas the iterative approach gives users an early look at what the full product could be so you’re able to get better and more focused feedback. In both cases, you’re talking to users early on about what they actually want, which can save you tons of time, money, and headaches than if you waited until later in the development cycle.Who it’s not for: Team's without a clear long-term technology plan.Unfortunately, trying to add structure to a flexible approach has its own issues. Maybe your company’s goals, procedures, or technologies change over time, making previous iterations useless or broken. Or perhaps your codebase gets messy and bloated due to adding functionality without looking for efficiencies.Additionally, both of these models (and the iterative approach especially) require heavy planning and architecture-building early on. Meaning they aren’t ideal for smaller projects or teams who are still testing out use-cases and trying to find product-market fit.What’s the difference between Incremental, Iterative, and Agile?If you just read the last few sections, you might be curious about the difference between the incremental, iterative, and Agile software development processes. While they are pretty similar, there are a few key differences.Each increment in the incremental approach builds a complete feature. While in iterative, you’re building small portions of all features.Agile, on the other hand, combines aspects of both approaches. In each Agile sprint, you build a small portion of each feature, one at a time, and then gradually add functionality and new features over time.4. V-Shaped. What it is:The V-shaped software development process is a take on the classic Waterfall method that makes up for its biggest downfall: A lack of testing. Rather than work sequentially through the development process and save all your testing for the end, each stage of the V-shaped process is followed by a strict “validation and verification” step where requirements are tested before moving on.Phases: Requirements Specifications High-level design Low-level design Development Unit testing Integration testing System testing Acceptance testing Who it’s for: Teams working on smaller projects with a tight scope.The V-shaped software development process is great if you’ve got a small project with relatively clear (and static) requirements and scope. Instead of running the risk of following a plan only to find issues at the very end, it provides ample opportunities to test along the way.Who it’s not for: Teams who want more flexibility and early input from users.Even the best-laid plans often go astray. And the downsides of this process are basically the inverse of its positive features.First, there’s a lack of control due to the fact that you’re following a rigid structure and testing schedule. Without early input and feedback from your users, you still run the risk of building the wrong software for your business case. And finally, if you’re building anything beyond a simple, small project, it’s nearly impossible to create a specific enough development plan beforehand.5. Spiral. What it is:The Spiral software development process combines the V-shaped process’ focus on testing and risk assessment with the incremental nature of Iterative, Incremental, and Agile. Once a plan is in place for a specific iteration or milestone, the next step is to do an in-depth risk analysis to identify errors or areas of excessive risk. For example, let’s say as part of your plan you come up with a feature that hasn’t been validated with customers. Rather than just add it to your current milestone, you might build out a prototype to test with users before moving into the full development phase. After each milestone has been completed, the scope expands further out (like a spiral) and you start with planning and another risk assessment.Phases: Planning Risk Assessment Development and validation Evaluate results and plan next “loop” Who it’s for: Risk-averse teams working on large projects.Obviously, the core purpose of a process like this is to reduce risk. If you’re working on a large or critical project that requires a high level of documentation and validation along the way, following a path like this might make sense. It’s also beneficial if a customer isn’t totally sure about the requirements and is expecting major edits during the product’s development.Who it’s not for: Most people.While fantastic in theory, the spiral software development process is rarely actually put into practice due to the time and costs associated with taking such a calculated approach. Instead, it’s mostly used as an example of how to think critically about an iterative approach to development.Processes and plans are just guesses. When you’re in the early stages of building out a new piece of software, it can feel like the paths laid out in front of you are endless. But instead of being overwhelmed, take a second and remember that every software development process and method comes down to four basic principles: Understand it: Know what you want to build and why. Build it: Design and develop working software. Test it: Give it to users to try and gather feedback. Evolve it: Use that feedback to make it better. The same steps go for picking the development process that’s right for you. Start by understanding the steps of the SDLC, then pick the process that feels right for you and your team, try it out, and gather feedback from your team. And remember, it’s a lifecycle. If you don’t get it right the first time around, understand why it didn’t work then pick a different process and start over. More articles about Project Management:. What makes a great project manager? The 10 most crucial project management skills for 2019 (and how to develop them). Jory MacKay December 04, 2019 5 Ways to Give (And Receive) Negative Feedback. Jory MacKay November 07, 2019 What is a Workflow? How to Create a Winning Workflow for Your Process. Jory MacKay April 01, 2019 Working With Planio. See How Our Customers Use Planio.
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