Projects come in many shapes and there are a variety of ways to undertake them. Project teams need awareness of the characteristics and options available to select the approach most likely to be successful for the situation.

This practice guide refers to four types of life cycles, defined as follows:

  • Predictive life cycle. A more traditional approach, with the bulk of planning occurring upfront, then executing in a single pass; a sequential process.
  • Iterative life cycle. An approach that allows feedback for unfinished work to improve and modify that work.
  • Incremental life cycle. An approach that provides finished deliverables that the customer may be able to use immediately.
  • Agile life cycle. An approach that is both ...

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