Software Development Life Cycle

Software development life cycle (SDLC), as the name suggests, is the overall time span from the conception of the idea of the software to its final production, testing and acceptance.

A typical SDLC consists of six stages

  • Planning and requirement gathering
  • Requirements definition and analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Integration and Testing
  • Installation and acceptance

In the iterative development cycle that we, at Paradevelopment use, the software repeatedly goes through these processes with each step adding to it certain additional features. However, during the process our developers concentrate on the additional functionalities which actually make the software more useful and not just adding to its appearance and aesthetic values. This is the major reason for a large fraction of failed or abandoned efforts. We facilitate a proper and healthy communication between Primary End-user Representatives (PER) and Primary Developer Representatives (PDR) regarding the user end functional requirement and the developmental aspects during the entire life cycle.

In the planning process our developers take an overall view of the software requirements and accordingly perform a feasibility study and risk analysis. It also helps us establish the basic structure of the project and describe the appropriate managerial and technical approaches required.

In the requirement definition phase, the desired objectives of the software are studied and processed by our team of developers into a list of requirements. Major functions include the important processes to be executed, and also the critical inputs, outputs and reports.

Following this is the design phase, which considers the requirements identified and one or more design elements are produced for each requirement. The Software Design Document contains the functional and dynamic design elements.

Now comes the all important development stage, where our highly trained developers produce one or more software solutions for each of your functional requirements along with an online help to guide users regarding usage of the software.

During the testing and integration stage, there is a migration from the development environment to a test environment where all test cases are run to check for possible bugs in the software. Successful testing confirms the robustness and complete migration capability of the software.

Finally comes the installation and acceptance stage where we load the software onto the appropriate server in accordance with our deployment plan. Once the customer has verified a glitch free data load and all the functionalities and the test run successfully completed, the delivery of the software can be formally accepted.

This is an overview of SDLC as it is executed here at Paradevelopment.

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