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6 stages of the software development process

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Overemphasizing the importance of software in our daily life cannot be done. Software plays a versatile role in our daily life whether we are calling our relatives, playing games, chatting with distant people, online shopping, etc.

It is because of the custom software development that all these are possible. In developing any kind of software, different systems are employed and this is known as the software development models.

Some of the examples of software development models are agile model, spiral model, V-model, etc.

Few steps must be followed in order to complete the development of software. The software development team basically hire a dedicated developer who completes the project of developing software.

Each and every step in software development is important. The end product of the first step is used on the second stage and the end product of the second stage is used on the third and this way the process goes on. In total there are 6 stages of software development.

stages of the software development process

Developing software is not at all an easy task for custom software development company. To follow the six basic stages of software development the project team works really very hard.

These 6 stages are known as the software development life cycle. The six stages are given below-

  1. Planning

This step involves sourcing the required products. This step can be known to be the primary focus among all other steps as this is the first step.

Basically the requirements are gathered together by the interested stakeholders and project managers. 

In this step, some points like the output of the product, person using the product, utilizing the product, data involved in the product, etc are discussed depending on which other steps are taken into account.

  • Analysis

After gathering all the above information, the analysis takes place. Putting all the required elements together in the final product and then analyzing it carefully is very important.

The creation of documents takes place after this analysis period. After all these, the project team can go forward to the next step in designing the product.

3.Design

This step involves designing the product depending on the information gathered in the above stage.

The stage involves gathering the specifications for necessary hardware that is essential for running the product.

It also plays a major role in clearing out the marking of the architecture of the general product. The depiction of software modules also takes place in this stage.

This is the vital stage to choose which program to use that is whether to use JAVA, NET, Laravel, Filemaker, or Ruby on Rails.

This choice of choosing the platform basically depends on the platform that the company uses in common and also on the requirement of the output.

The interface of the user as well as the experience of the user is designed in this stage of the designing products.

Basically every company aims in making their software a user-friendly one along with a modern-looking interface.

4. Development and implementation

After completing the designing of the product the project team basically moves to the step of implementation and coding.

Once the software development team gets the requirements specifications along with the documents of designing the product, the team can start their work easily that is they can start programming.

Module testing is also performed in this step other than coding. To detect the problems at an early stage.

Many companies love to outsource the activities of coding and sometimes also the step of designing a product to a company that handles the third-party software development.

The company basically chooses to give these steps to a third party as they are not having skilled members or they want to focus on their main product.

The next step is the development where the testing procedure starts. Many web development company takes this kind of job.

  • Testing (Next step of development)

The integration as well as validation testing comes after the stage of implementation and coding.

The team for software development is involved in releasing different software apps for a different purpose.

This process of releasing is necessary as testing of products is very important against any parameter.

In these stages, potential bugs are exposed and if any bugs are there then they are rectified.

As mentioned in the above stage, the software development team performs the job of module testing or perform unit.

The latter step involves the testing of integration. This testing is the testing between the external system and individual modules.

Validation testing is performed after integration testing. TDD can also be applied which is a different form of testing and it stands for Test-driven development.

With the help of this method, the developer will be engaged in writing a test script for any requirements, and then they will write code that will meet all the requirements.

As the software product clears the testing stage, deployment of the product starts. After the product gets ready they are open for the public in the market.

This is known by the name Beta testing. If any mistakes or bugs are noted from the feedback of customer then they can be corrected in this phase of software development.

  • Maintenance

After the completion of all the above steps, the release of the software product takes place.

The product must be kept in a condition of operation along with the requirement of maintenance.

This maintenance involves keeping the system at its latest version depending on the patches of the operating system or update performed by any third party software.

If there is a significant increment in the software product’s user base then they can be rectified.

Conclusion

Many mobile app development companies are there who are having skilled technicians to work regularly on their software update.

These were six basic steps, however it may differ from company to company. So all these steps are basic steps which are followed directly or indirectly by every company.

Technology plays an integral role in everyone’s life and so developing software has become very important.

Author Bio

Tarun Nagar is the Founder & CEO of Dev Technosys web development company USA. With 10+ years of experience of enabling then Start-ups which are now global leaders with creative solutions, he is differentiated by out-of-the-box IT solutions throughout the domain. He is known for his visionary qualities and adaptability for technology and trends, passionate as he is in every aspect dedicated to making IT simple, accessible and approachable for business enterprises.

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