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Adaptive Software Development: A Collaborative Approach to Managing Complex Systems by James A. Highsmith

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Chapter 9. Workstate Life Cycle Management

One of the primary goals of this book is to provide a framework for organizations that need an adaptive approach on large, complex projects. Scaling up from a model is a problem in many fields, but it is especially critical for engineers. I once worked for an oil company that had a project to construct a fifty-million-dollar pilot plant that was intended to handle a new high-temperature, high-pressure oil-refining process. On a small scale, the refining process worked fine in the laboratory, but the company was leery about spending a billion dollars to build a commercial facility without first testing the process by means of a realistic, working model. Scaling up from the lab model to a commercial plant ...

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