What is the system development life cycle and why is it important?
The system development life cycle/systems development life cycle is an important process within the world of engineering and software development. Different sources provide a different idea of how many stages there are within SDLC and we will discuss that a little further down the line. However, the structure is what is both useful to know and efficient to use. This is got-to-know information for anyone in the field of development.
In this blog, we are going to give an overview of the model, how it works, and how it is implemented in software development specifically. In order to better understand how software development projects work and to give you something to take forward with you.
Let’s get started with a simple definition of the system development life cycle.
What does SDLC mean?
SDLC stands for the system development life cycle. It is a process used for systems engineering, information systems, and software development. There are variations of the model but the most widely accepted version contains either six or seven phases or stages. We will ascribe to the seven-stage model here, which is detailed as follows:
- Stage 1: Planning
- 2: Systems Analysis and Requirements
- 3: Systems Design
- 4: Development
- 5: Integration and Testing
- 6: Implementation
- 7: Operations and Maintenance
These stages, which we will discuss in more detail a little further down this blog, are the framework for completing any project of development or engineering.
They encompass the entire process of development from start to finish, in a way that allows the best possible practice to ensue. In the world of software development, these stages allow an efficient, productive, and well-maintained project to be carried out and continued.
The system development life cycle is, essentially, the guide to software development success.