On the Ibuildings techPortal there's a new article from Johanna Cherry that takes a look at the full development life-cycle and points out that the actual coding of the application, that's the easy part.
Engineering software is so much more than coding. As a software engineer you take on several roles throughout the software development life cycle. Let us take a look at some key roles that developers play during the software development life cycle, some problems you can run into, and how to solve them.
She talks about the different roles of those involved in the parts of the process, the ones that make it all fit together like a well-oiled machine: the Planner, the Architect, the Coder, the Refactorer, the Tester and the Documentor. Each has their place in the process and to keep things running smoothly, they all need to be doing the best they can. Sometimes this also means that one person performs more than one role, depending on the situation and the need.