Mobile & Web applications
Mobile Application & Software Development
2.1 Analysis and Planning
At the first stage, stakeholders, end users and the project team often gather and discuss in order to determine what exactly the requirements are. Then, the project team has to lay out how future software is designed and which programming languages are going to be used. Below are a few key point of this first and also important step:
Alignment: How does this project connect to your company’s larger mission and goals?
Resource availability and allocation: Do you have the people and tools you need to take this on?
Project scheduling: How does this project fit within your company’s goals and other tasks?
Cost estimation: How much is it going to cost?
2.2 Define the Requirements
The next step is to understand the technical requirements of this project. Every aspect of the software whether it’s an app, website redesign, or simply new feature, needs to solve customer’s problems.
As you move on from the planning phase and continue to fill out the statement of work, ask questions around this project, such as:
What problem does this solve?
Who’s going to use it and why?
What sort of data input/output is needed?
Will you need to integrate with other tools or APIs?
How will you handle security/privacy?
Once your development team gets the answers to these questions or once you have finished discussing with the outsourcing team, They can start to identify technical requirements, testing terms, and decide on a technology stack. This is also when you might start sprint planning (if you’re using an Agile software development process) or break down large tasks into more actionable steps.
2.3 Designing and Prototyping
With the requirements in place, it’s time to start designing what this software will look like and how it will function. Functionality and flow should be at most important from the start..
Depending on the software development process you’re following, this step might mean you create simple wireframes to show how interactions will work in the software, or make more full-fledged prototypes in order to test with users. Alternatively, you might decide you need more user feedback and do a design sprint to quickly get a feature or idea in front of your users.
2.4 Software Development & Implementation
This stage is also known as “Programming” or “Coding”, at which computer programmers write program code in the suitable programming language. Then programmers conduct trials in order to detect errors and fix them until they’re error-free. This is the part when you would want to keep in touch with the development team as much as possible to ensure the pace of your project.
With everything out of the way, it’s finally time to launch your software to all of your users. What we’re talking about here is pushing your code into production. A smart deployment plan plus an error free product will more than likely ensure the success of a project.
2.7 Operation and Maintenance
The Software Development Process isn’t over once your software is launched. It’s a “Software Development Lifecycle”, afterall. The ending of one phase is just the beginning of another, and that goes for post-launch as well.
Requirements and customer needs are always on the run. And as people begin to use your software, they’ll undoubtedly find bugs, request new features to be added, and ask for more or different functionality. Not to mention the basic upkeep and maintenance of your software to ensure uptime and customer satisfaction.
Finally, after the software is installed on the clients’ systems or devices. The programmers will carry out periodic maintenance in order to ensure programs can run smoothly and keep up with other apps of the same use overtime.
After the software is completely coded, it should be sent to the testing team before deployment, who gives feedback after using it. Although programmers should make sure there are not any errors existing, issues might not be obvious to them. Therefore, the testing team will use various test cases to have the software debug to ensure optimal functioning.