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

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The Planning Phase of an Extreme SDPM Strategy for the Flexible Model

Figure 33-4 is the Planning Phase of the Extreme SDPM strategy for the Flexible model.

Figure 33-4. Planning Phase of an Extreme SDPM strategy for the Flexible model

The Planning Phase of an Extreme SDPM strategy for the Flexible model is also an iterative process. Each Development Cycle ends with a review of what just happened in the previous cycle. The customer and the project team have learned and discovered more details on the functions and features and suggested several changes during that cycle. The customer and the project team return to another round of Visionate and Speculate Phases as prerequisite to the next round of solution development. In his book Extreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles, and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility” (Jossey-Bass, 2004), Doug DeCarlo defines a 12-step planning process briefly described in the following subsections.

Step 1: Review and Update the Collective Vision

This is just a check to make sure that the collective vision has not changed and that all parties present at the planning session are on the same page regarding the direction the project should take.

Step 2: Review the Project Uncertainty Profile

DeCarlo has developed a Project Uncertainty Profile (PUP). It is a multipart assessment of the risk profile of the project. It measures ...

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