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The Practical, Start-to-Finish Guide to Planning and Leading Iterative Software Projects
Iterative processes have gained widespread acceptance because they help software developers reduce risk and cost, manage change, improve productivity, and deliver more effective, timely solutions. But conventional project management techniques don’t work well in iterative projects, and newer iterative management techniques have been poorly documented. Managing Iterative Software Development Projects is the solution: a relentlessly practical guide to planning, organizing, estimating, staffing, and managing any iterative project, from start to finish.
Leading iterative development experts Kurt Bittner and Ian Spence introduce a proven, scalable approach that improves both agility and control at the same time, satisfying the needs of developers, managers, and the business alike. Their techniques are easy to understand, and easy to use with any iterative methodology, from Rational Unified Process to Extreme Programming to the Microsoft Solutions Framework.
Whatever your role–team leader, program manager, project manager, developer, sponsor, or user representative–this book will help you
Whether you are interested in software development using RUP, OpenUP, or other agile processes, this book will help you reduce the anxiety and cost associated with software improvement by providing an easy, non-intrusive path toward improved results–without overwhelming you and your team.
PART I THE PRINCIPLES OF ITERATIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT 1
Chapter 1 What Is Iterative Development? 3
Chapter 2 How Do Iterative Projects Function? 43
Chapter 3 Controlling Iterative Projects 77
Chapter 4 Are You Ready for Iterative Project Management? 123
PART II PLANNING AND MANAGING AN ITERATIVE PROJECT 157
Chapter 5 A Layered Approach to Planning and Managing Iterative Projects 159
Chapter 6 Overall Project Planning 203
Chapter 7 Evolution and Phase Planning 243
Chapter 8 Iteration Planning 291
Chapter 9 Iteration, Phase, and Project Assessments 339
Chapter 10 A Scalable Approach to Managing Iterative Projects 393
Chapter 11 Getting Started with Iterative Project Management 429
PART III APPENDICES 455
Appendix A A Brief Introduction to Use-Case Driven Development 457
Appendix B Outlines, Templates, and Checklists 481
Appendix C Examples 541