Choose Your Software Development Process
MVP features a dynamic development process, which gives clients a high degree of freedom when it comes to the SDLC of their project. To help them with their choice, we provide the clients with information regarding the advantages and disadvantages of the different development methodologies:
This is the traditional model for software development and its linear approach makes it the least volatile of all the methodologies.
The Waterfall Model is highly structured and therefore it is very rigid in terms of the sequence of its phases. This means that each phase must be completed, reviewed, and verified before moving on to the next.
While lacking in flexibility, this method simplifies and hastens the planning and design phase. Because the entirety of the software’s design is completed quickly, the progress of the project can be measured easily and in detail.
As long as the software development team has completely grasped all the aspects of the software deliverables, the project can be completed with minimum client-supervision and in relative ease.
The main disadvantage of this process is the client’s detachment from the project. This is due to the fact that the client’s only responsibility is to provide an extensive list of requirements. This makes the project static, leaving no room for it to grow and develop further.
Another problem with the Waterfall Method is the difficulty of providing all the requirements in one go, as some requirements only materialize once the planning and design phase has ended. This can prolong the review and verification segment of a specific phase, bringing the entire development process to a halt.
Agile Software Development
The Agile Software Development method is a dynamic approach to software design. Because of all the moving parts in this process, it is relatively more volatile than the traditional method.
Instead of following a static linear sequence, the Agile method prioritizes deliverables according to business value. The prioritization is usually done by clients, greatly increasing their involvement with the project.
This high level of customer involvement allows the program to grow and develop new features, as well as lose some aspects that are deemed obsolete. While it is possible to produce a more innovative program through this process, there is also a risk of getting stuck in development hell, in which the changes constantly hinder the project’s progress.
Chaos could easily ensue if a development team lacks the skill and dedication to handle the iterative nature of this method. In the hands of capable software engineers, however, this method can be incredibly fruitful.
An exemplary development team for example, can utilize this method shift their focus on various phases to produce a basic version of the program for testing or promotion purposes; a feat that isn’t possible using the traditional method.