Your Guide to the Software Development Life Cycle!

The term software development does not just refer to a single activity – it is an entire process that is undertaken by experts to create valuable software and apps for clients. Irrespective of which offshore software development company is developing the software for you, the process itself is commonly referred to as the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), and it is made up of many different stages. If you’re planning on outsourcing your work to an efficient team, read on to know the steps that are typically involved in the process!

1.   Analysing the client’s requirements!

No matter what niche you belong to, or how many references you share with your team, the first step will always be about analysing your requirements so that everyone is on the same page. This step is not as simple as it sounds! It can involve multiple calls, meetings, presentations, reiterations and so on before the final product is decided upon. You may think you have a clear picture of your needs in your mind, but a conversation with experts can help you expand your idea further and create a great product.

 

2.   Prototyping or designing drafts!

Once you have established a clear picture of your requirements with your team, they will then start to create a prototype that illustrates the overall look, feel, and functionality of the product. During this stage, it is not just the software specifications that are determined, but also specifications related to hardware and system requirements (these would be important for your customers to know). As a client, this is when you need to offer feedback the most so that any changes can be made before the coding actually starts.

3.   Software development!

Once the prototypes are closed, the team will start developing the software. Some teams follow AGILE methods while others rely on the traditional Waterfall methods. While both have their own pros and cons, as a client, you can either choose a team based on your preferred methodology, or just have simple processes set in place (such as timely calls and transparent project trackers) to ensure there are no challenges during this phase. Your chosen software outsourcing companies will have crafted a schedule that will help you estimate when you can expect different project milestones to be hit.

4.   Testing the product!

This is a step that generally occurs in-sync with the development. Testers will ascertain whether the software is running smoothly, whether there are any bugs, or if any significant changes are required. Most clients have an onshore team of testers that have a look at the drafts once the off-shore QC team has handed them over. This ensures that there are two checks put in place and helps with a timely and smooth delivery.

5.   Deploying the software!

Once you and your team are certain that the software has been built as per your expectations, it’s time to deploy it. Typically, this is carried out in the form of a Beta test with a select few users who can help you understand whether any improvements are required. Once that is done, the product is deployed to the masses.

6.    Maintenance and updates!

The work doesn’t stop when the software is available for customers to use! Your customers’ needs will continue to evolve and it is important to address them in a timely fashion. Working with a team that can be with you during the entire SDLC is, therefore, imperative!

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