RAD or rapid application development is an environment under which the implementation of software development takes place so as to address consumer needs without the need of extensive prototyping and planning. It is particularly beneficial in conditions when time is vital in having functional applications in place, with further improvements and refinements being made later on.
1. Allows teamwork
RAD encourages teamwork by allowing the client and developer to produce the application together like a team. This is because it usually involves more flexibility and input from clients during the software development. This is great as an alternative to providing most of the design characteristics and needs upfront. The advantages of RAD are seen in projects that might have a pressing need and also consumers who are available to offer the development leaders with guidance and input on software development.
2. Quick development
RAD works great in conditions where the software prototypes of the application are quickly developed and adjustments made during the project. For ventures that require being finished in a short time, prototypes that are developed under RAD can be done quicker as compared to using a conventional development process. The feedback offered by consumers is used for making quick adjustments to the applications. In short, RAD is a good option for developing applications with narrow scopes.
3. Better software development
The other RAD advantage is the fact that it enables better software development since it can make use of readily available software components. The prototype development that starts like the framework may be set up on the existing applications or parts from other consumer projects. This removes the requirement for building new software from scratch, particularly when cost and time are key factors.
In short, RAD protects the present project from market variations since it requires customer feedback.