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

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Incremental SDPM Strategy for the Closing Phase of the Feature-Driven Development Model

Figure 15-3 illustrates the Closing Phase of the SDPM strategy for the Feature-Driven Development model.

Figure 15-3. The Closing Phase of the SDPM strategy for the Feature-Driven Development model

The Feature-Driven Development model and the Staged Delivery Waterfall model have some similarities, but they have some key differences as well, differences that do affect the acceptance criteria and lessons learned in the Closing Phase. Two key differences are as follows:

  • Deployment doesn’t necessarily happen with the completion of each feature set.

  • Customers will not necessarily relate to feature sets as enthusiastically as they do with increments from the previous strategy.

Both of these change how you approach both acceptance criteria and the lessons learned when working within the Feature-Driven Development model, as is discussed in the next sections.

Acceptance Criteria

As was the case with the Staged Delivery Waterfall model, there are two types of acceptance criteria: incremental acceptance criteria and project completion acceptance criteria. Incremental acceptance criteria focus on the expected look and feel of the feature set deliverables rather than any perceived business value. The project completion acceptance criteria, on the other hand, focus on delivered business ...

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