When it is a matter of software development, choosing the right software model is extremely essential. Why is it that selecting the model is so important? Okay. Well, there is a saying that “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Thus, the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) model is an essential element in planning a project.
So if we are to make a comparison between Predictive and Adaptive Development SDLC, then the comparison should be made on an evaluation of all the pros and cons of each model in the context of goals and aims of projects. Any software developer in India should have in-depth knowledge of these two forms of software development life cycles.
Predictive, or Incremental, development is a method of software development where the model is rather designed, applied to or implemented, and examined, until all the product requirements have been satisfied. This model integrates the elements of the waterfall model along with the prototyping.
Now, this model delivers system components as and when they are completed. This also enables the partial utilization of product and prevents from the situation of a long development time. Now let us look into the positive sides of this model.
Now what are the cons?
When can the predictive model be used?
Adaptive life cycles are rather designed to iterate rapidly on those projects that are way more experimental and carry much less certainty. They’re heavily dependent on the contributions of the stakeholder. This approach is sometimes called the freeform software design. These approaches have relevance in the spectrum of mobile app development as well.
Because it offers an incredibly flexible design model, promoting adaptive planning and evolutionary development when the end goal is not quite as concrete.
Now, what are the positive areas of Adaptive SDLC?
What are the Cons? Let us see.
When to use the adaptive model?
Summing it all up
When it comes down to comparison, neither the predictive nor adaptive model is actually better than the other. Both approaches have their respective advantages and uses, and there can never be a right or wrong choice, atleast in this area.
To sum up, Incremental development are considered best for static projects, especially where the requirements are likely to remain the same, during the developmental process. On the contrary, adaptive models are considered to be a better option for projects in which alterations are likely to take place.