What is Incremental Model?
Incremental Model is a process of software development where requrements are broken down into multiple standalone modules of software development cycle.
Each iteration passes through the requirements, design, coding and testing phases. And each subsequent release of the system adds function to the previous release until all designed functionality has been implemented.
The system is put into production when the first increment is delivered. The first increment is often a core product where the basic requirements are addressed, and supplementary features are added in the next increments. Once the core product is analyzed by the client, there is plan development for the next increment.
Characteristics of Incremental module includes
- System development is broken down into many mini development projects
- Partial systems are successively built to produce a final total system
- Highest priority requirement is tackled first
- Once the incremented portion id developed, requirements for that increment are frozen
|Incremental Phases||Activities performed in incremental phases|
When to use Incremental models?
- Requirements of the system are clearly understood
- When demand for early release of product arises
- When team resources are not very well skilled or trained
- When high-risk features and goals are involved
- Such model is more in use for web application and product based companies
Advantages and Disadvantages of Incremental Model