Fred Tingey, a colleague, once observed that incremental development can be disconcerting for teams and management who aren’t used to it because it front-loads the stress in a project. Projects with late integration start calmly but generally turn difficult towards the end as the team tries to pull the system together for the first time. Late integration is unpredictable because the team has to assemble a great many moving parts with limited time and budget to fix any failures. The result is that experienced stakeholders react badly to the instability at the start of an incremental project because they expect that the end of the project will be much worse.
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