It is more helpful to learn the web development process or software development process we follow when working on our clients requirements. It helps them plan and anticipate what they need to provide us in terms of content, research information and business strategy. It also helps them figure out in advance the resources and time they need to allocate to the project on their end.
And finally, it serves as a backbone for our project estimates by providing a robust menu of the several types of services that are required to produce a medium to large website or software.
Every client requirement is a little different but we find that most follow a remarkably similar path to completion. We have separeted this process and created an infographic to share with you. We hope you will find it useful when start working on a website development project or software development project.
1) Requirement gathering and analysis
Business requirements are gathered in this phase. In this phase our team and clients come up in order to determine the requirements like; Who is going to use the system? How will they use the system? What data should be input into the system? What data should be output by the system? These are general questions that get answered during a requirements gathering phase.
Finally, a Requirement Specification document is created which serves the purpose of guideline for the next phase of the model.
In this phase the system and website / software design is prepared from the requirement specifications which were studied in the first phase. System Design helps in specifying system requirements and also helps in defining overall system architecture. The system design specifications serve as input for the next phase of the model.
On receiving system design documents, the work is divided in modules/units and actual coding is started. Since, in this phase the code is produced so it is the main focus for the developer. This is the longest phase of the software development / web developemnt life cycle.
After the code is developed it is tested against the requirements to make sure that the product is actually solving the needs addressed and gathered during the requirements phase. During this phase all types of functional testing like unit testing, integration testing, system testing, acceptance testing are done as well as non-functional testing are also done.
After successful testing the product is delivered / deployed to the client for their use.
Once when the clients starts using the developed website / software and if any problems comes up then we needs to be solved from time to time. This process where the care is taken for the developed product is known as maintenance.