Rapid Application Development Model

A rapid application development model prioritizes speed and agility across the entire application lifecycle whereas traditional development follows a more rigid, slow moving course. IT teams use a rapid application development model for a more iterative, incremental way to deliver enterprise-class, multi-channel, and integrated applications.

Rapid Application Development Model Stages

There are several stages within a rapid application development model. Combined, these stages take the project team through the complete application lifecycle, from idea conception all the way through to production and subsequent iterations.

It’s important to note that rapid application development is an iterative process which focuses on the frequent release and update of apps. The cycle repeats the following steps:

  • Design – Capture, refine and prioritize user stories; estimate, plan and monitor sprints and releases.
  • Build – Use visual models, pre-built components, and business logic workflows to rapidly develop applications in a common language understood by business and IT.
  • Deploy – Provision and manage apps in the cloud, including one-click deployment; manage test, acceptance and production environments.
  • Manage – Control all applications from a single dashboard, ensuring availability, security, performance and scalability.
  • Iterate – Gather feedback, including end user input, and use in the next cycle of design-develop-deploy-iterate for your rapid application development model.
  • Collaborate – Enable closed feedback loops within the rapid application development model so that all stakeholders can communicate and collaborate.

The right rapid application development software enables speed and collaboration across the full application lifecycle. The result is the faster release of higher quality applications.

When to Use Mendix’s Rapid Application Development Model

Not all projects can be completed in the same way, or by the same individuals. A rapid application development model is best suited for projects that prioritize speed and agility, such as a new system to differentiate you within the market or to enable innovation within the business (learn more about Gartner Research’s bimodal IT framework).

These projects are highly tailored to unique business models and processes and often start as prototypes that have tight delivery timelines, require constant iteration, and include greater business oversight.

Mendix’s rapid application development tools provide the necessary speed and flexibility to accommodate stakeholders throughout the application lifecycle.

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