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Managing Iterative Software Development Projects by Ian Spence, Kurt Bittner

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4Are You Ready for Iterative Project Management?

“Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.”George Eliot (English Victorian novelist, 1819–1880)

Thus far we have presented the principles of iterative and incremental development in a positive and enthusiastic manner. We hope by now that you are convinced that this is a credible way of developing software that significantly reduces project risk and increases the project’s chances of success. At this point no doubt some of you are wondering, “If it’s so great, why isn’t everybody doing it?” and “Why do so many people assume that it is difficult to do?”

In our experience, iterative development is very easy to adopt,[1] but it does require the project team members ...

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