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Iterative development is founded on the recognition that we cannot plan perfectly, that we need an approach that enables us to adapt to and make progress in the face of change. It is basically dynamic planning that incorporates, and even seeks out, new information. While iterative development is not a new concept, it is not particularly well documented. The basic principles of iterative development are the basis of approaches such as Extreme Programming, the Unified Process, and the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and have been introduced in a number of books, but an applicable guide, with specifics on how to actually run an iterative project has not existed. This book is that guide. Using the framework of the Unified Process (UP), Bittner and Spence present a simple, straightforward and practical approach to organizing, estimating, staffing, and managing an iterative project. They provide practices that can be applied to very small projects and yet can be scaled-up to very large programs. While this book is particularly valuable for projects following UP and RUP, the overall management framework presented is free to use a variety of approaches, including Extreme Programming, the Microsoft Solutions Framework or any other iterative and incremental development approach.
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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
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