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Iterative and Incremental Development

What are Iterative and Incremental Development?

Iterative and incremental development is a technique that combines iterative design with incremental development. It is a project management tool used by software developers. Because iterative and incremental development techniques are complementary in nature, they are frequently combined to increase their efficacy and meet project deliverables.

Agile project management, particularly the Scrum technique, is intimately related with incremental and iterative development. This is because it coincides with one of Agile’s major pillars: adapting to change rather than sticking to a predetermined plan.

In the realm of Agile software development, the incremental and iterative development method is essential since it allows project managers to benefit from both incremental and iterative techniques. Incremental development allows developers to make modifications early in the process rather than waiting until the deadline has passed and the budget has been depleted to make changes.

Iterative development means that improvements are made on a continuous basis, ensuring that the final product is delivered on time and at a higher standard.

The iterative and incremental development model consists of the following stages:

  • Planning
  • Designing
  • Implementing
  • Testing
  • Evaluating

In an iterative model, your team makes progress by repeating the process that refines the software until it meets its goals. The goal of iterative development is not to create a functioning element each time, but to improve the product outcome and add features to it.

The phases of incremental and iterative development:

  • The inception phase includes a higher-level look at the project scope, tangible and intangible requirements, and risks involved in the production stage.
  • The Elaboration Phase takes the risks you identify in the Inception Phase and starts with the working architecture that meets non-functional requirements.
  • The Construction Phase of iterative development takes the design you put in place and the finished code that passes through the project building.

The Transition Phase pushes the final product to production and achieves the appropriate results.

Also, See: Agile Methodology

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