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The Four Stages of the RAD Life Cycle

According to British IT consultant and author James Martin, who wrote the book Rapid Application Development in 1991, there are four stages to the RAD life cycle:

  • Plan

    Business and IT stakeholders collaborate to quickly scope out a project—focusing on key objectives but allowing for flexibility during the prototyping sub-section of the User Design stage.

  • User-Informed Design

    Split into a cycle of prototyping, testing, and refining, RAD emphasizes user design by getting a working model in front of the eyes of users early and often. Not only does this inform design decisions and product feature development, but it helps gutcheck the viability of your big idea.

  • Construct

    The modern RAD construct phase is optimized by low-code platforms that facilitate business and IT communication. During the construct phase, low-code platforms with model-driven development (MDD) features empower both developers and business users. The best developers can tackle the thorniest problems because easy-to-understand visual models allow citizen developers to seamlessly contribute new ideas to the product’s designs and features.

  • Cutover

    By compressing parallel stages from the traditional Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), the cutover phase includes implementation, testing, integration, and maintenance.

What Are The Advantages of RAD?

According to Mendix research, 71% of IT teams are unable to keep pace with growing the needs of their organization, while 96% say that business is affected when a solution isn’t delivered in a timely way. More projects, less time to complete them—sound familiar? Here are some ways rapid development can help:

RAD Reduces Risk

RAD requires short, agile sprints that repeat as frequently as the project requires. This iterative approach uncovers bugs and logic issues earlier in the SDLC before they can derail delivery.

RAD Increases Quality

Incorporating valuable feedback from business stakeholders and end-users is central to the Rapid Application Development process. User feedback helps refine and target your big idea so that it meets the needs of your business and satisfies your customers.

RAD Is Faster

Applying iterative releases and code reusability on a model-driven, low-code platform allows your team to focus less on overwrought processes and documentation. The result? You deliver your solution on time, solving the business need, instead of missing it.

Proven Customer Success

It was a no-brainer for us. It made financial sense to abandon tens of millions of dollars of investment and adopt a low-code approach to development.”

Bashir Bseirani,
CEO, Avertra

Low-code platforms like Mendix make building applications so much faster and so much easier. I truly believe that in the future, low-code platforms will be ubiquitous.”

Eline Bijkerk,
Mendix Business Engineer, BAM Infra

From idea to workable product that you can demonstrate to a customer in a fortnight, is unheard of. And we can do that.”

Barrington Clarke,
DevOps Lead, Zurich Insurance