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Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success by James Persse

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Addressing Requirements Development

The emphasis that Hollywood places on script development underscores the impact a script can have on a movie project. It’s hard to make a good movie out of a bad script (and by "bad" here I mean mis-engineered), and it’s hard to make money on a bad movie. The method of the Hollywood system sets quality gates around script development activities; the project will rarely move through these gates if the resulting pages don’t align with the project’s predefined business purpose.

Although IT shops often struggle with the practice of developing requirements, an interesting point is that the standards and bodies of knowledge regarded as representing the industry’s method seem to echo the method of the Hollywood system. ...

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