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Software development principles you should know about

What exactly are the principles of software development? Software developers and engineers created or adapted several acronyms and idioms  to help them stay focused. Some of these acronyms come from the fields of philosophy or science. Others engineers and project managers coined themselves to guide the software development process. Let’s...

4 Types of System Integration Methods

What is system integration? Enterprise system integration is the practice of making two or more separate software systems work together. It can take many different forms, depending on the systems being combined, and the integration method that is used. The purposes of system integration vary from company to company, but...

Software development project planning in Agile

What is project planning in software development? Software development teams plan with agile to create solutions quickly. The Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) refers to the route that the team will take to create a finished solution. The SDLC typically consists of seven steps: Analysis and planningGathering requirementsDesign and prototypingSoftware...

The Importance of Backlog Grooming in Agile

What is backlog grooming in agile? Backlog grooming, also known as backlog refinement, is an important part of software development in Agile models. This process is critical for keeping the project organized. Backlog grooming is when the developers analyse and prioritise the tasks to be completed in the next ‘sprint’,...

What is bespoke software? What are the pros and cons?

What exactly do people mean when they say “bespoke software?” Let’s begin by defining terms. “Bespoke software,” like a bespoke suit, bespoke software fits the customer. Development teams making bespoke software consult with customers about exact requirements. The customer asks for a specific set of solutions and the development team...

The Waterfall Model: Advantages and Disadvantages

What is the Waterfall Model? Coming about in the 1970’s, Waterfall is a project development model that is used in many industries. It was the first project model to be used in the software development lifecycle (SDLC). In the software world, it was widely used until the advent of Agile...

Advantages of Agile Development

What are the advantages of agile development? Agile Development came about as a response to slow and cumbersome traditional software development methodologies. The most common traditional methodology is waterfall. Waterfall methodology, while simple, is highly regimented. The development team plans the entire project, documenting each step. The team cannot move...

Agile vs. Scrum: Which is better for your project?

What are Agile and Scrum? Agile methodology was created as an alternative approach to software development. Focusing heavily on iteration, teamwork, and continuous end-user feedback, Agile methods are an extremely effective way to manage software development, due to the speed of project completion, and cost savings. Scrum in Agile is...

Offshoring vs. Outsourcing: Which is Better for Software Development?

What is offshoring? Offshoring is the practice of moving specific jobs or tasks to foreign countries. Meaning, you have your company in country A, and also have functions in country B. Some of the most commonly offshored jobs include production and development. Microsoft, Boeing, and General Electric are just a...

Types of software testing methodology

What are the main software testing methodologies? There are several main software testing methodologies. Let’s take a detailed look at each of them and their strengths and weaknesses. Agile Methodology  When a development team uses the Agile methodology, they test often and thoroughly. Agile testing happens at the end of short development cycles called sprints. Each sprint consists...