Rapid application development is a project management methodology often used in software development where the main goal is to develop applications faster and with high quality.
It divides the project management process into four phases:
- Requirements planning
- User design
- Rapid construction
Rapid application development can improve quality of the deliverables and risk management. On the other hand, it is not suitable for large software projects, may lead to poor code quality and requires the client to be involved in project execution all the time.
- There is no "best" methodology — the choice depends on the type of the project and specific circumstances.
- If working on a project with few scope changes, such as a construction project, choose the waterfall method.
- For software development, graphics design and other service-oriented projects, choose agile project management.
- Use a rapid application development methodology for small software projects with a tight deadline.
- If risk minimization and a structured approach are needed on any medium or large project, use PRINCE2.
- Don't be afraid to consider the other, less popular methodologies if they suite your needs best.