SDLC is an acronym for System or Software Development Life Cycle, and it is the backbone of any digital product, Software, Website, or Mobile app) building. The phase is not just important for software engineers, software developers, and designers, but also for product owners i.e., businesspeople who will finally receive a customized product.
Just like the Request for Proposal documents, it is important for all stakeholders to have some knowledge of the SDLC development phase also so that they can get an assurance of the digital product’s quality.
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The entire software development (a digital product) can be divided into several phases that start with requirement gathering and ends with deployment and maintenance of the software product built. For each stage, the documentation of software development is assured so that the product is aligned with business objectives. Here are the six main phases of SDLC –
Requirement gathering: In this phase of SDLC, all the requirements of software development are gathered and they are mapped with business objectives. A blueprint (that talks about how the software product will be) is created and documented.
Designing: In the designing phase, the design of the software product is crafted. UI/UX Designers focus on building the best UI/UX to make the product engaging and easy to use.
Development: This is the core of the entire software development life cycle. The tech stack is assured and all necessary resources are kept in place for this crucial software development phase. We are going to discuss this phase in detail later.
QA and testing: After the software product is built, quality assurance is achieved by a thorough investigation of coding practices. Vigorous tools are applied for testing the efficacy and usability of the software.
Deployment: The final stage of software development ends with the deployment of the product on a particular platform or predefined environment. The product is officially released and ready to be used by stakeholders or specific users.
Maintenance: This is an extension of the SDLC process where maintenance is assured to keep the product up and running. Maintenance would also include regular updates and bug fixing if any.
As mentioned earlier, the core part or the pillar of the entire software development is the development phase wherein standard coding practices are followed by software developers and engineers. The development phase is actual software program writing and following SDLC guidelines, one can track changes in the code even in the future. This phase is crucial to achieving the goal and business objective of the digital product.
The software development team follows standard coding practices and documentation. The team would appraise and support perfect documentation of the development phase because it helps them understand the product and its programming. It is a primary source for any software developer (now or in the future) to go through the following procedure of software product design and development and sync in. Here are the purposes of the SDLC development phase –
The primary goal of the development phase in SDLC is to achieve an optimum level of software development architecture. This is done by transforming the system design into a working environment without losing the objectives and scope of the product. It is like adding a soul to a beautiful body and making it function or work flawlessly. At the end of the SDLC development phase, all the documents shall be used for the testing phase.
Passing through the most crucial stage of SDLC requires a dedicated approach by software developers. During the documentation development, the software programmers’ team should perform specific jobs listed below –
When the development teams perform their duties properly, the documentation of this phase shall produce a foolproof roadmap to the success of the product in the coming SDLC stages.
Experts in software development at the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) Maryland suggest following the RACI key to assure that the development phase in SDLC follows standard practices. The RACI key would set everybody’s roles and responsibilities.
It describes the role of team members who shall execute several actions to achieve the overall goal of the software product.
In this, accountability and ownership of several tasks and activities that lead to the final development phase deliverables are defined and fixed.
It describes the roles of subject experts or domain experts for their valuable inputs in the development phase. Their inputs help software developers execute the stage flawlessly.
This part describes the roles of people who receive information and convey it to concerned stakeholders.
The development team completes some crucial tasks at the end of the development stage of SDLC process.
Successfully achieved development phase for SDLC assures that the product is clearly defined, strategically planned, and well communicated. It is the development stage where the product would grow its control, features, and facilities that will be tactfully handled by the building team of the software product.
The SDLC’s development period shall give a clear idea and structure to developers and associates who shall now perform testing on the product. Here are the benefits of final products built at the end of this stage –
The software development stage, known as the coding or implementation stage, divides tasks into modules or units, and the roles of developers are defined. This longest stage follows standard practices to assure a superlative software development team management that renders quality pare excellence while customizing the product as per the business logic applied.
In almost all software development models, the backbone of the SDLC procedure is the development stage and at the end of this phase, software developers get a complete working information system created in a functional environment. The product after this stage seeks approval from authorities to get into the testing phase. If the product enters the testing phase, it indicates that the SDLC process’ development stage has been achieved successfully and documented quite well.
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