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ADLM Vs Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)

ADLM Vs Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)

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When it comes to software development, there are two primary approaches: ADLM (Application Development Lifecycle Management) and SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle). Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, and it is important to understand the differences between them in order to choose the one that is best suited for your project.

What is ADLM?

Application Development Lifecycle Management, abbreviated as ADLM, is a methodology for managing the entire lifecycle of an application. It covers everything from initial planning and design to testing, deployment, and maintenance. ADLM is often used in complex, large-scale projects where there are multiple teams working on different aspects of the application.

ADLM has several key features that set it apart from other development methodologies. One of the most important is its focus on collaboration and communication. With ADLM, teams are encouraged to work together throughout the entire lifecycle of the application, from planning to maintenance. This helps ensure that everyone is on the same page and that any issues or problems can be identified and addressed quickly.

Another important feature of ADLM is its use of automation and tooling. ADLM tools can help automate many of the tasks involved in software development, including testing, deployment, and monitoring. This helps teams work more efficiently and reduces the risk of errors or mistakes.

What is SDLC?

Software Development Lifecycle Management, abbreviated as SDLC, is a more traditional approach to software development. It involves a linear sequence of phases, starting with requirements gathering and ending with maintenance. Each phase of the SDLC is designed to build on the previous one, with the goal of delivering a high-quality product at the end of the process.

The SDLC typically includes the following phases:

  1. Requirements gathering
  2. Design
  3. Implementation
  4. Testing
  5. Deployment
  6. Maintenance

One of the advantages of the SDLC is its simplicity. The linear sequence of phases makes it easy to understand and follow, which can be particularly useful for smaller projects or for teams with less experience.


ALM and the software development life cycle (SDLC) have often been confused with one another since they both involve software creation. The SDLC, however, focuses primarily on the production phase alone while ALM addresses all facets of an application’s entire lifecycle – from inception through maintenance to decommissioning – even after its completion. 

Application Development Lifecycle Management is a far-reaching concept compared to Software Development Lifecycle Cycle. While SDLC focuses on the actions of software development, ALM reaches beyond that stage until the application has been fully retired; this may include numerous SDLCs. It’s essential to note that while SDLC plays a crucial role within ALM, it only applies during its development, testing, and deployment stages. For any given program or app, several life cycles could be incorporated into an overarching ALM strategy.

At the core, ADLM (Agile Development Lifecycle Management) and SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle) are both structured approaches to software development. However, there are some key differences between them.

  1. Flexibility VS. Rigidity – ADLM is generally more flexible than SDLC. Because ADLM is designed to be collaborative and iterative, it can adapt more easily to changes or new requirements that arise during the development process. In contrast, SDLC is more rigid and can be difficult to modify once the process has started.
  2. Automation And Tooling – ADLM relies heavily on automation and tooling to streamline the development process. This can be a significant advantage for larger, more complex projects where efficiency is critical. SDLC, on the other hand, tends to rely more on manual processes, which can be time-consuming and error-prone.
  3. Communication And Collaboration – One of the key features of ADLM is its focus on communication and collaboration. Teams work together throughout the entire development process, which can help ensure that everyone is on the same page and that any issues are addressed quickly. In contrast, SDLC tends to be more siloed, with each team working independently on its own part of the project.
  4. Project Size And Complexity – ADLM is generally better suited for large, complex projects that involve multiple teams and require a high degree of collaboration. SDLC, on the other hand, can be a good choice for smaller projects or for teams with less experience.


ADLM focuses on shorter cycles of development and delivery, including more frequent iterations and feedback from customers. This approach also values collaboration between stakeholders and encourages self-organizing teams. The goal is to get working software out as quickly as possible so that it can be tested in production conditions. This allows for quicker changes or updates if things don’t go according to plan.

In contrast, SDLC follows a systematic approach with longer cycles of planning, designing, coding/testing, implementation, maintenance/upgrades, etc. It emphasizes the importance of planning and requires more paperwork and documentation. Instead of focusing on customer feedback, this approach focuses primarily on detailed specifications that are outlined in advance.

Ultimately, both ADLM and SDLC have their respective advantages and disadvantages. Each organization will need to decide which process works best for them based on their specific project requirements. However, one thing is certain: whichever development lifecycle you choose, it is important to keep customers in mind so that their feedback can be incorporated into the software development process. That way, your team can ensure that the final product meets all of its intended objectives.

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