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7 steps to the software development process

SDLC process is a systematic approach to designing, creating, and delivering high-quality software based on the customer’s needs and requirements. The primary goal of the SDLC process is to produce high-quality and cost-efficient products. The process involves a detailed plan to develop, maintain, and replace the software.

Software development life cycle phases

There are seven phases in the software development life cycle including;

Stage 1: Project Planning

The first stage of SDLC is Project planning. It plays a significant role in the software delivery lifecycle. This is the stage where the team defines the requirements of the new software and estimates the costs. 

Stage 2: Gathering Requirements & Analysis

The second step involves gathering maximum information from the clients regarding their requirements for the product. Discuss each specification and detail of the product with the client. 

After this, the development team analyzes the requirements keeping the code and design of the software in mind. Further, they investigate the possibility and validity of incorporating these requirements into the software system. However, the primary goal of this stage is to completely understand the minute details of the requirements including the hardware, programming, operating systems, and security.

Stage 3: Design

The design phase is the 3rd step of the life cycle development stage. In this step, the program developer inspects whether the prepared software meets all the requirements of the end-user and if the project is feasible for the client practically, technologically, and financially. 

After deciding on the best design approach, the developer then selects the program languages like Java, Oracle, etc., that will suit the particular software.

Once the design is prepared, all the stakeholders review this plan and provide their suggestions and feedback. It is absolutely critical to incorporate stakeholders’ input in the document, as a small error can lead to cost overrun.

Stage 4: Coding or Implementation

Coding or Implementation refers to translating the design into a computer-legible language. In this stage of SDLC, the tasks are divided into units or modules and assigned to the respective developers. The developers then start building the entire system. They write the code using the programming languages they chose and this is one of the longest stages in SDLC. The developers need programming tools like compilers, interpreters, or debuggers and predefined coding guidelines to implement the code.

Stage 5: Testing

After the development of the software, it is deployed in the testing environment where the testing team tests the functionality of the entire system to ensure that the entire application works according to the client’s requirements.

After testing, the testing and QA team might find some defects or bugs and communicate the same with the developers. The development team then fixes the errors and sends them to the QA team for a re-test. This process is repeated until the software is stable, bug-free, and working according to the client’s requirements. 

Stage 6: Deployment

Once the testing is done, the software is ready for deployment and released for customers to use. The users are then provided with the documentation and training to help them to operate the software. 

Stage 7: Maintenance

The last step of SDLC starts when the customer uses the developed system and it requires maintenance and update of the developed product according to the changing technology and user end environment to ensure a smooth user experience.


Software development is a complex process and requires extensive work. Therefore, hiring an offshore software development Company to ensure the development process has been taken care of is a great way to shift your complete focus on management and other business processes. 

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