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Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success by James Persse

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Waterfall Ahead

Way Down East ends with the heroine stuck on an ice floe, about to go over a waterfall. In the nick of time the hero arrives, jumps from floe to floe, grabs her up, and whisks her away to safety. They live happily ever after. Over the years, waterfalls have played the role of villain in more than one movie. When it comes to testing for IT projects, the waterfall can be just as dangerous—specifically, in the context of the waterfall development life cycle. In its classic form, the waterfall breaks a development project up into separate and distinct phases—for example, analysis, design, coding, testing, and release. The idea is to finish one work phase before beginning the next, with one team passing on its work to the next. This ...

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