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I hate to say it, but Google would have got you a much faster answer than this site. I just typed in "Software life cycle" into google, and there are many great articles.

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I couldn't disagree with David's answer more. Someone non-technical using any kind of freelance service is likely to result in wasted time and money and failure to achieve an MVP. It's easy to get the "Minimum" part of Minimum Viable Product but it's still quite difficult to get the "Viable" pa...

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Wow...what a big question...here's a few answers... The most important thing to know is that 90% of engineering management is culture management. If you build the right culture, then the engineers will manage themselves. So, do some web searches on engineering team culture and read those types...

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People are motivated when they have a stake and a say. For that, they need to understand why they're doing what they're doing. So keep them informed. Not about every minute business detail, but also not about the end decisions (the what/how). Rather, share why decisions were made, why they matter...

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Cross-functional, proactive, user focused: you do not want somebody who will stop if he does not have a wireframe to work from or who will not plan for common error messages just because that was not in the specs that were given to him. You need someone who loves the product you are building and ...

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I hope this answer will help you in two ways: It should help avoid unnecessary expense being incurred and it should also help you recruit software engineers to build your project. Before you spend a single dime on building, I'd encourage you to validate the idea itself with potential customers....

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I've been involved in several projects that hinged upon this question (generally start-ups or web+mobile apps), and it's not a clean or easy answer unfortunately! Plus every developer you talk to is going to try to sell you their services, but what you need is simply the truth! I'd suggest that ...

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I've always hired only ridiculously brilliant engineers and those that were either entrepreneurs or entrepreneurially minded (i.e. attended startup weekend, contributed to open source, blogged, etc). The best way to find them is to go to the events they attend. Typically it's developer meetups,...

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I know you've already decided to use a bid management platform. However, I'd like to share with you my experiences. As an SEM agency managing $30 million+/year, we've invested tens of thousands of dollars into streamlining our work effort with a bid management platform. We've specifically used M...

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