Software Engineering Processes

Approaching Software Engineering as a Process

During the many decades in which software has been developed, from custom solutions to off-the-shelf solutions, and many in between, there is a consistent and natural tug-of-war between three important factors: Time, Quality, and Cost. Regarding the “Time” factor, stakeholders commonly drive for achieving results “as soon as possible”. However, when it comes to “Quality”, stakeholders regularly support investing more time if it leads to a higher quality product. And, regarding “Cost”, most organizations strive to contain engineering costs (personnel, infrastructure, development tools, etc.).

An engineering process is the best way to balance the three competing factors of Time, Quality, and Cost. And, an effective engineering process that provides well defined steps, with assigned roles and responsibilities, will also lead to improved predictability and a reduction in risk (e.g., schedule risk, quality risk, etc.).

What is a Software Engineering Process?

A software engineering process, commonly known as a Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a process that divides software engineering/development into distinct phases and tasks to enhance design and development, project management, project management, and delivery/deployment. While there are different software engineering process methodologies, the phases specified for a given methodology most often include requirements analysis, design specifications, development (coding), and testing. In some cases, a methodology includes phases for deployments and maintenance. And, the completion of each phase is marked by specific deliverables and artifacts.

Different Engineering Processes Methodologies

A variety of engineering process methodologies, or SDLCs, have been practiced, including the following:

  • Agile (e.g., Scrum, Kanban, Dynamic Systems Development Method)
  • Waterfall
  • Spiral
  • Structured System Analysis & Design
  • Unified Process
  • Incremental Funding
  • Outsource Development

Software Engineering Process Benefits

Scoped and practiced effectively, a sound software engineering process will deliver numerous benefits, including:

  • Enhanced risk mitigation
  • Improved predictability
  • Higher quality deliverables
  • Reduced time to delivery
  • Lower costs (medium- and long-term)
  • Simpler maintenance

How Can Sciformatix Help?

Sciformatix professionals have experience with a variety of software engineering methodologies, leading to successful software product deliverables and on-going support. Some organizations already have a methodology in place and may seek further improvements, while other organizations will benefit from adopting a methodology. Either way, Sciformatix is poised to position an organization for success.

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