However, before getting your product out to the customer, it has to go through development. Selecting the right software development methodology is all the more important if you are hiring an IT company to develop your web app or for that matter any software project. You will be interacting with the team regularly and understanding how the communication will happen depends on the methodology.
Methodologies for web app development
Here is an overview of the most widely used software development methodologies tailored for specific kinds of projects.
1. Waterfall Model
The waterfall software development approach is the most simple and easy to understand. A linear and structured approach that follows a specified sequence of events. “Waterfall” because of its unidirectional movement through the phases of conception, initiation, design, construction, testing, deployment, and maintenance.
Only when one phase is complete, can the next phase begin. Each phase has specified deliverables and a review process. Verification at each phase ensures early detection of errors within the same phase itself. Process and results are well documented.
Best suited for:
An approach that works well for small and easy projects. Very effective when you know exactly what you want for your web app and have a limited budget. Project timeline, deliverables, and cost estimates are clearly understood even before the project begins. Minimal customer involvement in the development process.
Not suitable for:
Once a phase is finished, it cannot be altered without disrupting the whole process. Waterfall processes are only tested a long way into the process and if mistakes are found, it’s often expensive to fix. It doesn’t work well for long and ongoing projects as it doesn’t cater to changes in requirements during the development cycle.