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Developing Applications with Java™ and UML by Paul R. Reed

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The Project Dilemma

Few projects proceed totally as planned. Most start out with much enthusiasm but often end in a mad rush to get something out the door. The deliverable is often hobbled with inaccuracies, or worse, it invokes unrepeatable responses from the project sponsors. Figure 1-1 shows a time line/effort comparison of person-hour expenditures for most projects that don't meet their commitments.

Figure 1-1. Time line of a typical project

You know the drill: The project plants a stake in the ground, with a big-bang deliverable two and half years away. And then you plod along, making adjustments and adding functionality until, toward the ...

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