Software development is a complicated process which requires sufficient time, extensive experience, out-of-the-box creativity, and excellent client-developer communication. Whether you are outsourcing the process or planning to get it done in-house, it makes sense to have an overview of how software development works. In order to do this, you should learn about the software development life cycle (SDLC).
The Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a scheme that includes a breakdown of the main steps involved in software development, starting with early planning and ending with a ready-to-use product. There are several different SDLC models available. Each organisation can choose the right one for its needs.
These basic SDLC steps are present in each of the models.
Since all companies are different, each may have its own requirement for SDLC. The most popular models are:
Agile model – The agile process of software development is broken into cycles. Testing and releasing of each cycle is done separately, getting feedback for the next cycle. The biggest problem is that the project may take the wrong direction and end up being delayed. Other SDLC models include:
If approached correctly, an SDLC methodology allows a high level of management control and documentation. Developers get a clear picture of what needs to be created and why. The client has the opportunity to interact with the team to ensure a clear understanding of their requirements. All the work is transparent with clearly defined goals and measurable outcomes at every stage. Meanwhile, everyone involved understands the costs, resources and time involved to complete different aspects of the project.
Software development companies all over the world use an SDLC to complete a wide variety of projects. If carried out effectively, it simplifies the development process while keeping all parties happy.
At Make IT Simple, we understand how software development models work and can help you select the best methodology for your project.
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