There are seven stages in the software development lifecycle. They include project planning, analysis, design, implementation of coding, testing, deployment, and maintenance. The different types of software developers we dissected earlier use different languages and tools, so we’ll try to group them by development phase.
Project planning is mostly a project manager’s or a PO’s job. Still, projects are usually organized and tracked through project management tools for developers such as ActiveCollab, Jira, Asana, Confluence, Basecamp, Teams, and similar apps that allow developers, managers, and clients to track progress and costs.
Analysis requires a decision process that defines which features will be included. For that purpose, whiteboards are very useful. In the remote world, online boards like Miro and Milanote are frequently used for brainstorming needs and creating concepts.
Design is a crucial stage because it turns ideas into concepts that need to be translated into code. Developers and designers exchange these concepts through platforms such as Figma and InVision.
Code implementation means translating from human to computer language. Software developers are the stars of this phase, and they employ tools like GitLab, GitHub, and Bitbucket for version control, Apache Maven for building, and Jenkins for continuous integration.
Testing can be automated and is mostly performed by software testers who use specialized tools. A good QA tester will excel at designing automated tests and finding the bugs some developers miss.
Today, companies opt for continuous deployment or delivery rather than manual releases. This ensures saving time and minimal downtime for users. Some tools that allow such a process are: RunDeck, Jenkins, CircleCI, Bamboo, GoCD, and GitHub Actions.
Developers must constantly communicate with other teams, designers, managers, and POs. Video calls and chats go through platforms like Zoom, Skype, Slack, Hangouts, Discord, etc.