Rapid Application Development: Fastest time to value

Rapid Application Development: Fastest time to value

As businesses digitize more of their processes, their expectations when it comes to the applications they use continuously evolve. Not only do they want the overall quality and scope of functionality to increase, but they also want it to be delivered much faster. This is where rapid application development comes in.

What is Rapid Application Development?

Rapid Application Development (RAD) is an agile approach to software development that zeroes in on current software projects and the related user feedback rather than relying on a stringent plan. Therefore, this approach is characterized by a lot more prototyping.

How is RAD typically practiced?

RAD usually involves the following core steps:
Defining requirements – Once the developers have been given the client’s vision of the product, they come up with some basic requirements that can be changed when need be.
Prototyping – Here, the developers actually build a simple version of the product that can perform some or all of the functions requested by the client, but not necessarily following the most ideal path throughout the process.
Receiving feedback – This is the stage where clients or end-users are allowed to interact with the prototype and submit their opinions on how well it functions and what it’s missing. The information received occasionally pushes clients to adjust their vision and compels developers to find more effective, efficient, and sustainable ways to achieve a goal.
Finalizing the product – This is the phase where the last tweaks are made to the prototype so that it operates at an optimum level. In some cases, there’s a larger revision of the product if needed. The effort is typically oriented towards improving security, stability, and speed.

Benefits of RAD

·             RAD can help to speed up software product delivery since the team doesn’t have to first finish the entire product and then start implementing changes. Adjustments can be made over multiple smaller iterations.

·             RAD can reduce total costs since any additions made are guided by feedback that indicates actual demand, instead of building unnecessary features all the way to completion, only to subtract them in the end.
·            RAD can increase developer satisfaction since they are constantly responding to real-life user-initiated and data-driven challenges that matter, rather than trudging through a tedious plan riddled with redundant requests.

Disadvantages of RAD

·            RAD is harder to scale since by nature, it works well in smaller tightly-knit teams with robust feedback loops. Once teams expand drastically, administrative processes slow things down, along with other communication and logistics hurdles.

·             RAD can create unrealistic demands for developers in terms of how available they can be to meet, receive messages and notifications, and react to them in the fastest time possible.

·            RAD can breed scenarios where developers sacrifice sturdy back-end construction for fancy front-end/user interface design.

All-in-all, RAD can be a solid approach for organizations looking to rely on business intelligence platforms when deriving and applying the ideal optimization tactics for revenue management.
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