Understanding the App Dev Lifecycle

Custom app development can be a game-changer for improving efficiency, streamlining internal operations, and boosting customer experience.

There are numerous advantages to custom app dev, like avoiding integration issues and rightsizing your technology. But it helps to understand the entire app dev lifecycle from start to finish in order to set your next project up for success. Here’s our guide to the lifecycle of a new application, from planning and prototyping all the way to launch and beyond.

Stages of the App Dev Lifecycle


The first stage of the app dev lifecycle sets the tone for your entire project. One of the most common app dev challenges is lack of preparation. Take the time to define your goals and objectives and thoroughly review your business processes so that you can ensure the application you’re designing meets your business needs.

This is the stage where a technology roadmap comes into play. When undertaking any new project, you should be positive that you are aligning technology with your business strategy.


Once you are armed with clearly defined goals and research to support those goals, you can begin prototyping. At this this stage, UX/UI designers will create sketches and wireframes with end-users in mind. Having the right UX/UI design can make a major impact on your business. Whether an application is designed for external customers or internal employees, the ease with which they can use it will determine their emotional response to it, which in turn determines buy-in.


Once you have worked out the design and details in your prototype, application development begins. Developers code the back-end of the application to make it functional and the front-end to align it with the designs approved during prototyping.

Quality Assurance

Once the application has been developed, you wouldn’t want to publicly release it until you tested it for bugs and problems. This stage of the app dev lifecycle is often repeated several times to ensure any issues with the interface, device compatibility, security, and hundreds of other considerations have been thoroughly explored and resolved.


Once the application has made it through each round of testing and it performs perfectly, it is ready to launch.


After launch, there is still one more stage of the app dev lifecycle you can’t forget: ongoing maintenance. Technology is ever-changing, and applications will need to be updated to accommodate new devices, security requirements, and more as time goes on.

Saxony Partners’ App Dev Team

Whether you need a custom software solution, technology and platform modernization, cloud data solution, or someone to help you assess and right-size your technology infrastructure – Saxony Partners’ app dev team can help.

If you are interested in working with a trusted partner who can walk with you through every stage of the app dev lifecycle, reach out to us here.