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Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success by James Persse

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Lesson 5: Employ Incremental Development Windows

Most scripts come in at about 80 to 100 pages. Most production schedules run about 50 to 60 days. And most movies run at about 2 hours. Hollywood is a time box machine. It understands the amount of work that can be done in a typical time frame, so it shapes its products around those time frames. This time boxing provides a framework for controlling the scope, schedule, and cost of a picture. From this can be derived the next lesson: Lesson 5: Employ incremental development windows.

IT projects can suffer when they try to cram too much work into too little time, or when they try to conquer more than the resources can reasonably attack. This imbalance between scope and resources (people, money, time) ...

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