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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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When You Know You Can’t Meet the Release Date

Despite your best efforts, you realize somewhere toward the end of the project that you’re not going to meet the release criteria in the desired schedule. In that case, it’s time to determine what you have left to do and replan the rest of the project.

First, verify that the project’s release criteria are still valid. Can you do any less? (See How Little Can You Do?.) Do you need to do more? Remember, the release criteria are the few minimal criteria that make the release useful to customers.

Next, decide how long you need to finish the minimal required set of features. If the team has not been developing by feature, integrating and testing as they proceed, it’s time to start. The more you ...

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