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What are the Stages of Software Development?

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Software development cycles help ensure that the product is built smoothly and correctly. With a clear understanding, it is possible to eliminate the “pitfalls” that may arise during development, see which principles to follow, and comply with clear conditions. This makes it possible to create a commercially viable product that benefits the business.

We at S-PROweb development department have over 8 years of experience in software development and a huge team of over 250 professionals. Thus, over the years of our work, we already have an established process for creating various kinds of software that becomes excellent helpers for business. 

Also, we always find a unique approach for each of our clients, and in the end, you get a high-quality software solution that has no analogs with an attractive and user-friendly design.

So let’s look at the software development life cycle at S-PRO.

Stages of the Software Development Cycle

Let’s take a look at the software development lifecycle at S-PRO.

Analytics

The purpose of the stage is to collect the client’s requirements for the project and translate them into the development language. The list of tasks of the analyst varies depending on the scale of the project and the degree of development of the initial requirements, but in general, it boils down to the following tasks:

  • Define the client’s business objectives.
  • Clarify, formalize and agree on requirements.
  • Identify and agree on priorities based on requirements and constraints.

Design

The goal of the design phase is to make the product enjoyable, understandable, and usable.

At this stage, the designer actively interacts with the analyst. Together they design a design based on a prepared set of artifacts.

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We develop UI/UX from scratch. After the analyst has thought through the logic and handed over to the designer the basis of the graphical interface, the designer starts working on the visual part. The designer is responsible for how the interface will look and respond to user actions. To do this, a screen map, graphic elements, and a detailed prototype are created, taking into account various usage scenarios.

First, together with the client, we approve the design concept. The bottom line is to try on the corporate identity on several prototypes. We show our version to the client, get feedback from him, and, taking it into account, finalize the screens. Then we work with the rest of the prototypes in the chosen direction.

At the request of the client, we create interactive prototypes. With the help of them, the client can see how the product will look like and how it will react to user actions, taking into account the planned functions.

Development

Further, the software product design services, namely, the front-end developer, works with the layout. Its job is to bring designers’ layouts to life in a way that provides an interface that the user can interact with. It lays out interface elements, logically and functionally connecting screens to each other using HTML markup, CSS style sheets, programming languages, frameworks, and libraries.

The result of the work is static pages of the future site, laid out exactly according to the layouts. While working on the client-side of the user interface, the front-end team is preparing requirements for the back-end developers.

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A backend is a set of hardware and software that implements the logic of an application. In other words, this is what happens outside the user’s browser and computer. The backend includes the administration panel, data management, and the logic of their transfer upon frontend requests.

The task of backend development is to make sure that the response from the server reaches the client and that the designed blocks function as needed. And also to create a convenient and safe environment for the customer to fill and update content on the site.

As the code is written, our developers monitor its quality. High-quality code speeds up development: it reduces the time for debugging and fixing errors. The main practices that we use are to find errors and incorrect design during development, ensure the quality of the code and share knowledge within the team. Depending on the specifics of the project or the preferences of the customer, we can adhere to various design standards – CodeStyle. Such standards help to format the code in a uniform way, which makes it easier to understand.

The result of the stage is software ready for testing.

Testing

Software testing is required to ensure that all parts of the software work as expected.

QA engineers first of all check compliance with the design, and technical specifications, prepare test documentation, and conduct manual, and automated testing. All this helps to check the work of different software parts of the project and minimize bugs.

QA engineers get to work when the client sends requirements for the project or its part, for which we are responsible. Before testing a project, testers review documentation, clarify requirements, and participate in discussions during development.

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Thanks to the work of testers, clients:

  • Save the budget. Bugs discovered after a product launch will be more expensive than at earlier stages.
  • Ensure business security. For example, if the software includes a payment system, it is important to check all possible cases so that when transferring money, it goes to the right account.
  • Protect the reputation of the business. If you release a product with bugs and users are not happy with it, it will be difficult to convince them later that the problem is solved and they can use it again.

The end result is a product that is ready to be released to the market.

Delivery and support

When the product is tested, we transfer the finished project to the client, for example, we deploy the project on the server. We also help you choose a server and configure it.

After the release, we do not stop participating in the life of the project. We provide free warranty support for the project. If you suddenly need to fix something, we will do it for free and in priority mode.

Summary

All of the software life cycle stages presented above apply to any development model, but their duration and order may vary.

If you want to develop a truly high-quality software solution, then you need to choose a company that will do it professionally and in the shortest possible time. Here our web development department S-PRO will come to the rescue! We have a huge team of professional developers, testers, and other employees who create high-quality software that will work for many years for the benefit of your business.

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