Updated: Feb 24
Rapid Application Development Methodology (RAD) is a software design methodology designed to check the software development methods. Through RAD, you can make the changes the way you want from the initial stage.
Through the RAD approach, you can complete projects quicker with less resources. This methodology allows works with the planning phase being minimised and the development phase maximised. In reducing the planning time, the iterations during development will be more emphasised in prototypes and its easier to measure the progress of the project. As a result, there will be greater efficiency and faster development.
By following the 4 phases, the RAD approach becomes a superb tool for development for smaller organisations and brings more involvement from the business to perfect the result and project outcome. Below are the 4 standard RAD approaches:
1. Requirements planning (Analysis):
The first phase includes gathering all the requirements needed to do the project. The clients, stakeholders and developers, and other team members required to be involved and set the goals at this stage.
The steps involved in this phase are:
1. Researching the problem
2. Setting major mildstones and requirements
3. Approval of requirements
2. User design:
Once the requirement phase is completed, the next phase is developing the user design. The clients and developers are in constant contact during this phase. The developers make sure that they are designing according to the clients' needs. Moreover, if anything is needed to be excluded or added, it is covered in this stage.
3. Construction (Prototypes and Testing):
The designs are transformed into working models. The developers make the final developing model quickly only when the RAD approach is followed at the start. There are different phases included in the construction phase:
Preparing for construction
Development of the application
4. Cutover (Implementation):
The last step in the RAD approach is launching the products. In this phase, the testing is performed, and if there is a need for any change, it is amended.
Benefits of RAD approach:
We at Dashro believe RAD is the best approach that benefits the company and our clients simultaneously. Below are the advantages of RAD methodology:
1. Project completes much quicker
2. Through the division of tasks, the team can work efficiently
3. The project is broken into small tasks
4. There is an increase of efficiency of the project because of constant feedback
Why we believe the RAD model is the best approach?
The RAD approach is an effective strategy for projects and teams. You can add changes at any stage, and it becomes the most cost-effective method. RAD approach includes different subtasks and cycles. Each subtask and cycle delivers a part of the project, and new features can be added on the way.
The key characteristics of the RAD method:
Early deliveries and quick feedbacks
You can easily add changes in any phase you want
It is a low-risk model for project development
As the development progresses, you can add or remove the team members to increase productivity and/or reduce costs
Dashro Solutions provides a practical RAD approach for making project deliveries faster and much better. RAD makes projects efficient, promotes perfection from the developers and encourages on-time delivery of mildstones and projects.