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SDLC Core Concepts – 5 Questions to ask

There are many variations to the SDLC; however, they all share similar core activities:

1. What deliverables should be created?

Deliverables or artifacts are items, tasks, documents, modules, etc. which are created as part of a project or process, and will vary in size based on the scope. Deliverables must be documented and tracked–usually by the BA–during the life cycle of the project.

2. How are deliverables created?

A BA working with the development team or SME should identify how deliverables are created, assign tasks appropriately, and determine which processes and methodologies to use to help complete each task and deliverable.

3. Who will create each deliverable?

A PM or delegate should identify individuals who will complete each task and deliverable. The BA should document the skill sets required to complete the deliverables as part of the SDLC process.

4. When will the deliverables be created?

A project timeline should be completed by the BA or a member of the management team. Tasks, milestones, and deliverables will be determined and recorded on the project timeline.

5. Where will everything be documented?

Documentation is a major part of the SDLC. A BA must document the answers to the above questions. Stakeholders, developers, and QA can all benefit from well documented and easily accessible requirements (repository).

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