From inception to completion, software development projects need structure and organization so that good quality, user-friendly software is produced on time and within budget. The structured approach presented in this paper will help you achieve those goals. The System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a conceptual model for software development that divides up the process into different phases. Each phase has a distinct role to play in the development life cycle, and is a building block for the next phase. There are many SDLC models, each emphasizing different aspects of the life-cycle. Implementing a structured approach requires selecting a model and sticking with it through out the development life cycle. This paper selects a Waterfall model for planning and executing a software project; describes the steps each research team member takes, by project phase, in the development of the software product; provides a one-page summary of those steps for making a checklist of team progress; provides a blank and case illustration template that each team member fills out in providing requirements or specifications of the software and provides a blank project schedule template for documenting the tasks required to implement the software project design. Following a structured process will enable a software development project to be organized and have a clear path to completion. Implementing a structured process is crucial for developing good quality software in an efficient manner.
Citation: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7499
NIST Pub Series: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR)
Pub Type: NIST Pubs
System Development Life Cycle, Waterfall model, software project management, software development, software requirements template