Software Development Models

Software development models are considered by many to act as standards on which people base their developing methods, as to create successful and functional software. However, there are so many of them that no one knows today exactly which are the software development models out there on which you can actually base the bulk of your work and at the same time ensure a good result.

This is why this article is going to be focused mainly on the several types of software development models that are available to be used today and also what a few of them can do. I am going to give you some relevant examples of software development models, I will also tell you what each of them have been designed to do, and also what they are useful for. You can simply consider this a list of some software development models, and I do hope that it will prove useful in your future software development endeavors.

We will be with Scrum. It is one of the first software development models to appear on the market and is an agile project management methodology, created by the enhanced efforts of Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. It is a software skeleton design that includes a small set of practices and predefined roles.

Since it is one of the first software development models, Scrum is easily becoming obsolete in the search for managing agile software development projects. One reason for Scrum’s popularity though is the fact that as one of the oldest software development models it consists of only a few common sense practices, so it is very simple in design. These practices can be used in various situations and this also means that Scrum by itself is sometimes enough. It is said that the old school is actually the best school, so even if it is an older version of the software development models, the job gets done.

In the line of newer version of the software development models is the one called Extreme Programming or XP. It is regarded by many as an agile software engineering methodology, created by the valiant studies of Kent Beck. It is a set of generally good practices, out of which some are actually taken to an “extreme” level if you want to call it that way.

As with other software development models , XP regards directly on ongoing changes to software requirements as a natural and thus desirable aspect of software development. In the selection of its practices,  this is one of the software development models that leans towards the daily software engineering activities which software developers often complete. Extreme Programming is often seen as complementary feature to Scrum, filling some of the gaps that sometimes the Scrum, older version of the software development models leaves open for attack.

These are only two of the many software development models, and I have chosen them because one is older in nature, and it has faults and the other is new and offers other features. I have also chosen them because they complete each other as software development models and in the result as a good combination.