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Crystal Clear A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams by Alistair Cockburn

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Chapter 4. Explored (The Process)

Crystal Clear uses nested cyclic processes of various lengths: the development episode, the iteration, the delivery period, and the full project. What people do at any moment depends on where they are in each of the cycles. This chapter linearizes the cycles to the extent possible and points out some of their interactions.

Most of the development processes described from 1970 through 2000 were described as sequences of steps, even when the process recommended iterations and increments. This always caused confusion among readers. The text appeared to dictate a “waterfall” process, while the authors kept asserting it was not.

These linear-looking process descriptions suffer from two problems. The first is that ...

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