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Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success by James Persse

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Lesson 14: Test Early, Build Often

As soon as a picture starts shooting, the editors start editing. They’re cutting for two reasons: first, to make sure that what’s been shot fits together before the current sets are struck, and second, to make sure that the director is getting the right kinds of coverage and performances needed to tell the story in the best way possible. From this can be derived Lesson 14: Test early, build often.

When testing is viewed as an end-of-the-line activity, a project can find that it’s due for a lot of unexpected surprises. Instead, IT shops should promote early test planning and early testing as incremental work becomes available. The benefits:

  • Promotes early control of functional delivery

  • Facilitates traceability of ...

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