In the world of software and systems engineering, a system-development life cycle (SDLC) is a term used to describe the steps to create and deploy an information technology system. This life cycle consists of seven distinct stages that can help guide developers from the planning phase all the way to the implementation of the program and maintaining it going forward.
Below, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of creating your own SDLC in order to get your next systems or software project off the ground.
Planning and Systems Analysis
The planning phase is possibly the most important. During this phase, budget, resources and benefits should be discussed and considered so that solutions can developed.
The second stage revolves around discovering the functionality requirements that the project will require. Systems analysis takes over in order to make sure that the new system project has the capabilities to accomplish what it should.
Design and Development
In the design phase, it’s important to discuss the features and operations that will satisfy both users and the functional requirements of the project itself.
Once the design elements are in place, it’s time to develop. This phase signifies the end of planning and the beginning of producing. Programmers, engineers and other developers should be brought in to complete core work on the project.
Testing, Testing and More Testing
Integration and testing are the next steps in the process. Be prepared to have a Quality Assurance professional on hand to see if the new design meets the goals required of it. This should involve repeated testing to iron out the wrinkles. When there are lots of data elements or steps in play, consider an automated testing tool to help you comb through every possible scenario.
Implementation and Updates
The final stages involve most of the code writing and the installation of the new system. Via direct cutover, the new system will replace the data and components of the old one.
After that, maintenance will require releasing updates regularly in order to boost performance and keep the system running as smoothly as possible.
Although creating an SDLC is time-consuming, it’s a valuable tool for making sure no steps in the development process are overlooked and that your new system works.
If you’re having difficulty planning or organizing your own SDLC, the Microsoft gold certified IT consultants at Innovative Architects can help guide you along the way to a functional new system project. Contact us today to get started.