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Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed by Richard Turner, Barry Boehm

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2. Contrasts and Home Grounds

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Comparing agile and plan-driven approaches requires study and judgment

The complex nature of software development and the wide variety of methods make comparison of agile and plan-driven approaches difficult and imprecise. Nevertheless, we have found several important software project characteristics for which there are clear differences between agile and plan-driven methods. These are

Application characteristics, including primary project goals, project size, and application environment.

Management characteristics, including customer relations, planning and control, and project communications.

Technical characteristics, ...

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