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Effective Software Project Management by Robert K. Wysocki Ph.D.

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The Scoping Phase of the Incremental SDPM Strategy for the Staged Delivery Waterfall Model

Figure 11-1 (which is the same as Figure 10-3) illustrates the project management process superimposed on the Staged Delivery Waterfall Model. Note that the project management Scoping Phase includes both the Idea Generation and the Requirements Gathering Phases of the Staged Delivery Waterfall Model.

Figure 11-1. Incremental SDPM strategy for the Staged Delivery Waterfall model

In this section, you will see exactly how those phases integrate to form the Incremental SDPM strategy for the Staged Waterfall Model. The activities that take place in the Scoping Phase of an Incremental SDPM strategy are:

  • Developing the Project Overview Statement (POS) of the project

  • Defining the number and duration of each increment

  • Identifying the functionality that will be released in each increment

  • Planning to build a deliverables-based Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) that supports the release strategy

  • Assuring the integrity of the dependency structure between deliverables

  • Allocating management reserve in each increment after the first to accommodate processing and incorporating change requests

These topics are discussed in the subsections that follow.

Developing the Project Overview Statement of the Project

The initial meeting of the customer and the project manager is one where the project ...

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