The 6 Steps of the Software Project Lifecycle

The key Stages of a successful software project

From planning to user feedback.


As the saying goes “failing to plan is planning to fail”. There is the widely misconception that agile methodology does not require any planning. Non-technical startup founders and experienced IT professionals are eager to delegate the software development to a developer. But skipping on planning usually do have consequences such as missed deadlines, budget increase or poor quality.

Planning at the beginning of a project is particularly critical as it set the tone for the future collaboration between all project stakeholders along with the definition of realistic and achievable goals.


It is easier to change something on paper than to change a software once it is created. Changing direction while a product is being created is also


Software development is often referred as a “black box” and also as a “sausage factory”. At Orka we have been working remotely with developers and designer for more than 10 years and we know the importance of communication to successfully create software.

The Scrum methodology which is a subset of the Agile methodology is does provide transparency and relies on the accountability from every project participant. This methodology along with tools used to implement are some of the key ingredients to the creation of better software.


Bugs are present in software we use every single day. Some are more visible than others. When creating a product, it is very hard to plan for every single situation in advance and improvement often become apparent when used. On-going rigorous testing enable us to detect potential problems early on and detect user experience improvements.


Deployment is a key part of every single software project. Server, DNS configuration and App Store releases are often overlooked but do a require a set of skills in order to insure a smooth deployment.

User Feedback

A software project is always on ongoing project. Coding language and frameworks evolve, server and hosting do require maintenance. In addition, we live in a fast-evolving world with both evolving competition and evolving customer needs. It is becoming more and more importance for companies to take into account user feedback effectively and improve product with a regular cadence.

Software that is not maintained will become obsolete and it will become necessary to discard it and start again.

Placeholder text by Space Ipsum. Photographs by NASA on The Commons.