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Database Development Methodology

STEPS™ is an evolutionary prototyping development methodology that is fully adapted to modern graphical environments. The acronym stands for STepwise Evolutionary Prototyping System. The STEPS™ methodology is used by mehdiward to provide systems that meet user requirements in manageable stages, each of which is complete in itself and provides a deliverable item to the client.

The lifestyle of the software is a circular progression of five steps : feasibility, requirements, development, implementation and maintenance.

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Prototyping allows software systems to be developed quickly with the users working with mehdiward as the project progresses.
STEPS™ employs an iterative design process. This cycle occurs rapidly and repeatedly over the course of a project. Iterative design allows for constant adjustments to end-user needs and reduces the time and cost of application development.

The development process can only be successful with a systematic approach to project management. mehdiward has adopted a method of project management that provides an organised but flexible control framework within which an IT system can be correctly specified, designed, developed and installed.

STEPS™ uses a practical modular approach which divides a project into several modules. Each module is designed and implemented individually, yet managed as a component of the complete system. As modules are completed, the project is re-evaluated and its goals re-assessed. Modularisation provides a natural process to review a project and lets users directly participate in system design.

User participation is an integral part of the STEPS™ meth-odology. It is encouraged at every stage of the software lifecycle. This results in a closer match to the users’ needs and provides users with a sense of ownership. During development, user participation helps with interface con-struction. User evaluation and testing keeps application development on track. This direct user involvement smoothes system introduction, reduces training costs, and increases total system use.

STEPS™ makes it possible to develop a system that meets the user requirements and is delivered on time and within budget.

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