405.0 Principles

The following represent a set of guiding principles of the LifecycleStep™ Project Lifecycle Process, and are reflected in all the subsequent content.


A lifecycle process must be flexible and scalable, based on the size of the underlying project. If it is not, then the process can be burdensome on small projects and not rigorous enough for large projects. (Scalability refers to the size and level of complexity of the project, as well as the time and focus applied to them.)


The LifecycleStep general model is designed to be applicable to all projects, whether you are building a house, a circuit board or a computer application. However, as you get further into the LifecycleStep process, the specific examples and focus begins to turn specifically to the IT application development process.


Projects must have effective project management processes, as well as project lifecycle processes, to be truly successful.


A successful project requires a partnership between the project team and the client. The project is at higher risk of failure without active participation from the client.


Project lifecycle processes must be generally understood by the project team and the client. Most of the lifecycle steps require the involvement of multiple members of the client and project team.

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