Application Development Methodology
Netwin's Application development methodology assimilates the best practices in the industry. Our application development methodology integrates best of breed processes and practices. At Netwin, we follow two methodologies for application development.
  • Waterfall Methodology
  • Agile Methodology
The selection of methodology solely depends upon customer requirements. Waterfall methodology is very old, but it has advantages in case of very large projects. If the client requirements are well defined and the scope of development is known, then Waterfall method proves more advantageous. Customers can come to know the total flow of information and the total timeline for the whole project execution. Customers can also manage the interdependency of various sections of the project during design.

The waterfall approach emphasizes a structured progression between defined phases. Each phase consists of a definite set of activities and deliverables that must be accomplished before the following phase can begin.  In addition, different people are usually involved during each phase.  Strengths of the waterfall approach include the ease of analyzing potential changes, the ability to coordinate large distributed teams, predictable dollar budgets, and the relatively small amount of time required from subject matter experts.

Agile software development is a conceptual framework for undertaking software engineering projects. Agile methods attempt to minimize risk and maximize productivity by developing software in short iterations and deemphasizing work on secondary or interim work artifacts.

Agile development methodology attempts to provide many opportunities to assess direction of a project throughout the development life cycle (SDLC). This is achieved through regular cadences of work, known as iterations; at the end of each period, the developing teams must present a shippable increment of work. Thus by focusing on the repetition of abbreviated work cycles as well as the functional product they yield, agile methodology is described as "iterative" and "incremental". In traditional waterfall methodology, development teams only have one chance to get each aspect of a projeAgile development methodology attempts to provide many opportunities to assess direction of a project throughout the development life cycle (SDLC). This is achieved through regular cadences of work, known as iterations; at the end of each period, the developing teams must present a shippable increment of work. Thus by focusing on the repetition of abbreviated work cycles as well as the functional product they yield, agile methodology is described as "iterative" and "incremental". In traditional waterfall methodology, development teams only have one chance to get each aspect of a project right. In an agile paradigm, every aspect of development - requirements, design, etc. - is continually revisited throughout the life cycle. When a team stops and re-evaluates the direction of a project at every milestone, there's always time to steer it in another direction.

Salient features of Agile Methodology are:

  • Adaptive rather than predictive

    Traditional software engineering methodologies like Waterfall methodology, attempt to create an accurate project plan before starting with development. Due to this exhaustive planning, such methods are reluctant to accommodate change. However, business environments are highly susceptible to change. Agile methods can accommodate the uncertainties in the business environment by adapting to the changes rather than resisting them.

  • People oriented rather than process oriented

    Agile methods assert that no process will ever make up the skill of the development team, so the role of a process is to support the development team in their work.

  • Short Releases

    The whole project is broken up into small projects and intermediate versions of working software giving best indication of meeting end-users' expectations; this is especially true when the client is uncertain of the requirements; thus, agile methods stress that working software must be released for review early and repeatedly, in short iterative cycles.

  • Client collaboration: Clients are a part of the development team

    Development teams following agile methods always include the client as a team member. Extensive collaboration, transparency and trust amongst all the key stake holders is essential to successfully develop software using agile techniques.

The results of this "inspect-and-adapt" approach towards development greatly reduce both development costs and time to market. Since a team's work cycle is limited to short periods, it gives stakeholders recurring opportunities to calibrate releases for success in the real world. More and more people are achieving greater productivity and success by applying agile methodology to their work. Organizations of all sizes are achieving greater success by adopting the Agile Methodology, replacing rigid and inflexible processes with our dynamic and iterative approach.

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