Rapid Application Development

This paper defines the term ‘rapid application development’ and contrasts this type of methodology with original systems development methodology.

This paper defines and list characteristics of systems development methodologies known as ‘rapid application development methodology’ and ‘waterfall methodology’. The paper compares and contrasts both methodologies and details both their advantages and disadvantages. Images and tables that help to explain the topic are also included.
“RAD utilizes prototyping and user feedback as its main drivers. It is applicable to situations where a user community will have significant input to the system, the requirements of the new system are undefined, or there is a high degree of possibility that the requirements and feature set will change as the project proceeds. (21st Century Technology, 2003). RAD is designed to be flexible process; one that uses multiple tools and uses orders of priority to find the most efficient path to the final product.”