A-Z Popular Blog Processes Search »
Business Analysis
Related Guides
Related Topics
Strategic Planning


8 Examples of an Iterative Process

 , updated on
An iterative process is a process that repeats with each repetition moving closer to a desired result. The following are illustrative examples.

Social Processes

Social processes can be iterative such as a series of negotiation sessions that progress towards an agreement.

Process of Discovery

A process where you discover your end-goals as you go. For example, a high school student who tries a variety of subjects each year and begins to slowly focus on areas where they discover a talent or interest.

Feedback Loops

A feedback loop is a system or situation where change brings about feedback that can be used to evaluate the change. For example, an ice cream company that is always putting potential new products in front of customers to gain their feedback, improve products and repeat.

Trial & Error

The process of trying something that may fail and then learning from failures and successes to try again. This is essentially an experiment that may not apply the full processes of the scientific method. For example, a child who makes a paper airplane, throws it and makes design changes based on how well it flew.


Creating throwaway or evolutionary prototypes of a product or service. Typically viewed as an iterative process of improvement based on trial & error and feedback loops.


Practice is an iterative process of performing an activity many times in order to learn and develop talents. Practice generates knowledge of performance and knowledge of results that can be used to improve.

Iterative Refinement

The process of advancing the quality of a work product by creating many versions of it with the goal of improving with each version. For example, a painter who begins with sketches before creating a painting. Painters are known to repeat the same work several times in order to reach a higher state of refinement.


Iteration is a basic structure of computer code that repeats a series of instructions until some condition is met. For example, computer code that loops through a telecom customer's call records to generate a long distance phone bill.


The defining characteristic of an iterative process is that it improves with each cycle.
Overview: Iterative Process
A process that repeats with each repetition moving closer to a desired result.
Related Concepts
Next: Feedback Loops
More about business processes:
Batch Production
Business Rules
Continuous Process
Event Processing
Internal Controls
Iterative Process
Lead Time
Process Analysis
Task Analysis
Work Process
More ...
If you enjoyed this page, please consider bookmarking Simplicable.

Business Processes

A list of business process terms.

Cell Production

The definition of cell production with examples.

Innovation Process

A complete guide to the innovation process.

Business Process Improvement

The definition of business process improvement with examples.

Process Opposite

The true opposites of process.


The 7 types of process with examples of each.

Productivity Analysis

An overview of the common types of productivity analysis with examples.

Work Process

An overview of work processes with examples.

Business Software Examples

A list of common types of business software.

Types Of Business

A list of the common types of business.

Internal Context

An overview of internal context with examples.

Process Analysis

An overview of process analysis with examples.

Continuous Improvement

A definition of continuous improvement with examples.


An overview of plan-do-check-act.

Performance Improvement

The common types of performance improvement.

Business Improvement

A list of business improvement techniques.

Operational Excellence

The definition of operational excellence with examples.


A list of planning reduction techniques for business.
The most popular articles on Simplicable in the past day.

New Articles

Recent posts or updates on Simplicable.
Site Map