We are all familiar with the products of software design. We use them every day to do everything from killing a little bit of time to running multi-billion dollar businesses. But how do the software products you use every day go from an idea the mind of a person to the full bodied application you use. There are a lot of different methodologies for software development, but most of these methodologies share some critical steps.
- Planning: In the planning phase of software development the software team and their client get together and discuss exactly what the client needs the software to do. They discuss pain points that the client has and what features can be implemented to meet the clients needs. These discussions lead to a comprehensive document called a scope document, that online exactly what should and should not be included in the project. In addition, the hammer out a schedule for the project. The scope should serve as the blue print for completing work.
- Implementation: During this stage computer programmers actually begin to write the code that will turn into the program that the end user interacts with. For some methodology types, all of the implementation and programming work gets completed before anything is released. In agile methodologies such as the one used by Nourtek, programmers work on different components of the program simultaneously.
- Testing: Once the program is designed it is time to test. Many software companies use quality assurance professionals who are specially trained to find any bugs in the program. Also, at this stage the client can (and should) be included in testing. The best version of software can only emerge if testers “break” the software. This helps them identify where issues are and fix them before the product is launched. Often times in the testing phase, a [...]