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Managing Iterative Software Development Projects by Ian Spence, Kurt Bittner

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3Controlling Iterative Projects

“O! thou hast damnable iteration, and art, indeed, able to corrupt a saint.”—William Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 1

To some people, iterative development appears to be uncontrolled development and a corruption of well established management practices aimed at establishing control over the project’s schedule, scope, and cost.[1]

Iterative development is not uncontrolled development. On the contrary, iterative development actually allows for greater control than other development approaches: it provides more points at which progress can be evaluated and plans adjusted to adapt to new realities. But those people who associate re-planning with failure to manage are in for an attitude adjustment; they need to recognize ...

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