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Software Development Templates, Forms & Checklists

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Inside the ZIP file, you’ll get over 575 pages of MS Word Software Development Templates. This includes 60 templates to help your developers, testers and technical writers during the software development lifecycle.

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1. Acquisition Plan11. Database Design Document21. Risk Management Plan
2. Availability Plan12. Deployment Plan22. Setup Guide
3. Bill of Materials Template13. Design Document23. Statement of Work
4. Capacity Plan14. Feasibility Study24. Software Requirements Specification
5. Change Management Plan15. Functional Requirements25. System Boundary Document
6. Concept Proposal16. Installation Plan26. System Design
7. Configuration Management Plan17. Interface Control Document27. System Specifications
8. Conversion Plan18. Maintenance Plan28. Security Plan
9. Concept of Operations19. Needs Statement29. Transition Plan
10. Cost Benefit Analysis20. Operations Guide30. Verification Plan

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Software Development Templates by Phases

  1. Initiation Phase
  2. Concept Development Phase
  3. Planning Phase
  4. Requirements Analysis Phase
  5. Design Phase
  6. Test Phase
  7. Implementation Phase
  8. Disposition Phase

What technical documents are required for the different phases of the software development lifecycle?
Here are the documents broken out by the main waterfall phases. Essentially, this includes manuals, guides, and plans to do the following:

  • Define the project setup
  • Analyze the requirements
  • Design the databases, applications, user interface, and network
  • Code and test the actual software that you’ve developed
  • Verify, validate, and ensure that it can be deployed

The following documents are required for different phases of the software development lifecycle.

Initiation Phase

In the Initiation phase, you need to write the following documents:

Concept Proposal

Describes the need or opportunity to improve existing agency business functions using automation and technology. Identify unmet goals or performance improvements. [Learn more about the Concept Proposal template]

Business Case

Use this to build a Business Case for your project; identify the return on investment for your solution to seek approval by your sponsor. [Learn more about the Business Case template]

Concept Development Phase

The Concept Development Phase typically begins after the Concept Proposal and Project Charter are approved, the Initiation project status review completed, and approval to proceed to the Concept Development Phase is granted.
The purpose of the Concept Development Phase is to:

  • Evaluate the feasibility of alternatives
  • Define and approve project scope, including the system, deliverables, and required activities.

The Concept Development Phase includes the following tasks:

  • Business need analysis
  • Project scope definition
  • Technical alternatives evaluation
  • Project acquisition strategy
  • Risk analysis
  • Project costs approval
  • Roles and responsibilities definition
  • Work breakdown structure definition
  • Project viability creation
  • Approval to progress to the planning phase

In the Concept phase, you need to write the following documents:

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Use the Cost Benefit Analysis template to calculate and compare benefits and costs of a project or decision. The CBA helps predict whether a project’s benefits or decision outweigh its costs relative to other alternatives.

[Learn more about the Cost Benefit Analysis template]