Software development flow with White Label Services
Let’s define the Software Development Life Cycle first. It is a process followed by the software companies and the software industry in general, to design, develop and test high-quality software products. The aim of this well defined life-cycle is to produce software products of high-quality that meet and exceed a regular customer’s expectations and reaches its goal and completion within the defined time-frame and cost estimates.
SDLC is a framework defining tasks to be performed at each step in the software development process.
Software organizations usually follow the SDLC for building and accomplishing various software projects, within the organization. It defines and consists of a well defined and detailed plan describing how to develop, maintain, replace and alter or enhance the specified software. The life cycle also defines a methodology on how the quality of the software and the overall development process can be improved and made more efficient.
White Label Services is a premium offshore development firm and we provide managed remote staffing solutions. We are a dev shop excelling in all the latest technology stacks and we have a very well defined software development life-cycle that we abide by in our company. As a software development company, there are certain models and guidelines that we follow in order to build excellent and uncompromised software products. The process is a well-defined, structured sequence of stages and this is used to develop unique software products. Every stage in the cycle targets and produces deliverables required in the next stage of the lifecycle. We have classified our software development flow into 6 different stages:
- Gathering requirements and analysis
- Development and Coding
- Implementation and Deployment
- Operation and Maintenance
Gathering Requirements & Analysis
This first phase is the most crucial one in the entire lifecycle. The most critical phase, if done properly leads to the success of the desired software development. The key to this phase is communication. Our goal is to connect with the customer and understand the product and the requirements in as much detail as possible.
To achieve this, several meetings at various levels with managers, stakeholders and end users are conducted and detailed requirements are gathered. This team is required to ask various general questions in respect to the people who will be using the product/application, the estimated number of app users, the data that will be taken as the input by the system and the expected outputs and the required action that the user would be expected to take, etc. Once the requirement gathering is done, the requirements are analyzed by our specialists for its validity and its feasibility and the possibility of incorporating those into a well-defined system.
In the designing phase, the technical architecture and system and the software design requirements are prepared and put together from the requirements that have been gathered and analyzed from the first phase. All the hardware and system requirements are specified in this designing phase, along with the database architecture and schema and several details regarding the database tables that are to be created and added to the system, and eventually help in defining the overall system architecture.
Development and Coding
Coding phase in any software development is generally the longest phase. The actual implementation of the software design is triggered and begins in this phase. This phase is also known as the programming phase. A suitable programming language is decided upon depending upon a lot of factors, and then the program code is written. The work is divided in several modules & units. It is very important that developers stay open-minded and flexible during this phase, as tweaks and enhancements might be required at any point.
After the coding and development part has been developed and completed, the product/application is now moved and migrated to a test environment. During this phase, the software product is tested and matched against the requirements that were gathered to ensure that it fully addresses the needs and information that were gathered in the requirement gathering phase. In order to acheive this, various types of testing such as the unit testing, integration testing & system testing are planned and performed. Finally, the user acceptance testing is performed too, where the end user is asekd to use and test the product and make sure that whatever was required out of the product is delivered, thus making sure that their expectations are met.
Implementation and Deployment
After the thorough testing of the product has been done, the software is then installed on the end-user machines, for the customers to begin using and testing it. Once the product has been delivered, it is now tested for several issues like portability, adaptability, etc. If any issues are discovered, changes can be made and bugs can be fixed. Only after this has been done, the final deployment takes place.
Operation and Maintenance
In this phase, the product has started to be used by the end-customer, after they have been given training on how to operate the software product. Some problems may pop up during this time. However, continuous fixes provided by our Maintenance team can aid in avoiding and helping with this.