complex software development projects is about efficient utilization
of resources, risk management, accurate estimation of budgets and
timelines, experienced selection of appropriate technologies, and
scheduling feature development to meet time-to-market requirements.
Risk is a reality in every project; SapphireSys' iterative process
for software development is designed specifically to mitigate risk.
Let us explain how.
software solution's development lifecycle is comprised of four facets
objectives: Why is this solution needed in the marketplace?
What features will the solution have?
How will the solution offer these features?
How will the features be implemented?
four facets are managed by a project plan that determines when the
software solution will offer the required features.
a traditional Waterfall lifecycle model,
(shown to the right) the project plan organizes the four phases
in a strict serial order. A lot of time is spent up front
to define and analyze requirements and to complete the design
of the target system before a line of code is written. This
model does not handle changes in requirements or design well.
In addition, it creates an artificial separation between business
analysts, architects, designers, and programmers, leading
to the risk of miscommunication and divergence between the
business objectives and vision of a software solution and
an Iterative lifecycle model, the four
facets of a software product are integrated so that business
objectives drive the entire process, and the requirements
and design are continuously refined while the code evolves.
The project plan arranges the development into small releases,
and mandates continuing integration of all coded components,
incremental builds, and periodic validation of refined requirements
and design. By doing so, it encourages a shared ownership
of the solution among business analysts, software architects,
designer, programmers, and testers; this shared ownership
reduces the risk of miscommunication and divergence. It
also enables continuing refinement and integration to avoid
any unpleasant surprises just before the delivery date.
Benefits of SapphireSys' Iterative Process:
feedback loop from business to engineering back to business
software solution conceptualization and materialization
to refine requirements and design and handle changes in
on getting the highest priority features implemented as
fast as possible
to validate pieces of design incrementally, providing
continuous analysis and mitigating the risks