Chapter 6. The Inception Phase

Our stakeholders are our best friends, whether we like it or not.

The Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process framework includes an explicit Inception phase—sometimes called a project initiation phase, startup phase, or iteration zero—that is conducted before actually starting to build a solution. The goals of this phase include clarifying the business problem that needs to be solved, identifying a viable technical solution, planning your approach, setting up your work environment and team, and gaining stakeholder concurrence that it makes sense to proceed with investing in the implementation of the chosen strategy.

According to the 2009 Agile Project Initiation survey, the average agile team invests about four ...

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