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Improving the Information Development Process: A Refined Iterative Development Model

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Purpose: This article presents a refined iterative development model that may be used to improve the processes related to information development. Specifically, the model is designed to facilitate rapid and incremental delivery and increased quality and efficiency.

Method: The refined iterative development model is based on an analysis of models from across a range of industries. The analysis was designed to clearly define what a development model is, the basic phases it contains, and various common uses. The approach to this project was from the perspective of a practicing technical communication professional and project manager.

Results: The analysis revealed that development models are visual, conceptual, representational, process-oriented, inventive, and both sequential and iterative. The basic phases common to development models are, generally speaking, Discovery, Planning, Implementation, Review, Refinement, and Release (or Deployment). Common uses include sharing knowledge, facilitating success, enhancing credibility, and demonstrating progress.

Conclusion: The analysis and comparison allows for a deeper understanding of what a development model is and how a refined iterative development model can be used to improve processes related to information development.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2016

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