Form Following Function in Technology Development

The power that comes from strip boarding is twofold; First, it sets a firm foundation upon which plans can be built; second, it gives managers a deep understanding of the project’s script so that execution can be effectively controlled. These same two needs—for a foundation and an understanding—exist in IT shops today. Obtaining a firm understanding of the requirements should be a prerequisite to all planning activities. Yet more often than not—at least from my own experience across corporate IT—this step is skipped or, at best, minimized. Project managers tend to move directly into scheduling and budgeting activities without a thorough sorting or ordering of the work specifics. The bases they ...

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