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Rapid application development (RAD) for beginners

As your team expands, you may be looking to change your approach to software development. Luckily, the IT industry is already working to meet the demands of creating a faster, more powerful solution that’s also low-to-no code, cost efficient, and agile in nature. One solution that can help meet your demands, as well as one becoming increasingly popular, is rapid application development (RAD).

What is rapid application development or RAD?

Conceived in the 1970s but officially introduced by James Martin in 1991, rapid application development is a methodology focusing on developing applications rapidly through frequent iterations and approvals with continuous client feedback. By prioritising agile and rapid prototype releases, RAD emphasises software usability, user feedback, and a quick delivery over long-term planning and a single initial set of requirements for building items like custom apps.

Key benefits of the RAD methodology are:

  • Reduced development time and speed up delivery.

  • Enhanced flexibility and adaptability.

  • Better risk management.

  • Less manual coding and shorter testing times.

  • Constant, relevant, and real-time user feedback.