The Lifecycle of Software (the whaaat??)

There are series of steps to design and develop a software efficiently.

These are the steps:


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1. Requirements Analysis

It is important to document all requirements to the software that you want to develop. You need to make interviews and all that stuff. Structure all incoming data, analyze them, consider all technical limitations that may arise on the client’s side, and come out with a ready-to-follow specification to meet the client’s needs. Consider also, the clients budget and time to spend on the project.

2. Design Phase

This involves the creation of a project scope document with mockups, or hand-drawn sketches, and a detailed software development specification.

To create a prototype, you need to figure out the following things:

  • The way the input data will be acquired and processed to produce the desired output data
  • The form in which the output data should be presented

Mockups are sent to UI/UX designers who turn them into colorful layouts.

3. Software Development Life Cycle Phase

This phase can also include the creation of an interactive prototype that is actually the skeleton of the future application. Such prototype helps define the overall system architecture. This step involves little coding, like coding buttons and simple forms, just to give the client an idea how the final product will operate. That’s why we included creation of a prototype into the software development phase.

4. Software Testing Phase

Once the product is developed, it should undergo a meticulous testing process to make sure that it solves the needs set forth during the requirements study phase. The client should be involved in the acceptance testing and try using it exactly the way it will be used when implemented . Once the major code problems are fixed, the software can be deployed. For minor fixes, a simple bug tracking system can

used, so that the problems could be tackled during the maintenance life-cycle phase.

5. Software Maintenance Phase

Generally, it includes some minor bug fixes that are usually made during this phase. However, you still may have to make some changes in the produced software, disregarding your efforts on the earlier phases. The client may come up with functionality enhancements to the developed software and you will have to collect, describe and discuss the new requirements with the client to have these modifications made. In this case, you come up with a new waterfall project and have to repeat all the above described steps.


You’re done, you will create an amazing software. ???

(Well… I hope so.)