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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Serial Life Cycle: Waterfall or Phase-Gate

If your project has little technical risk, little schedule risk, a stable project team, and no requirements risk, then consider a serial life cycle. That means if you’re doing a short, small-number-of-people project where the requirements are clear (such as a fix to a previous release), this life cycle might be just what you want. See Chapter 11, Creating and Using a Project Dashboard for ideas about how to measure a serial lifecycle project so you gain insight as to the real state of the project.

Apparent Risks Addressed by Serial Life Cycles

The following are the apparent risks addressed by serial life cycles:

  • Feature set

  • Knowing what to do when

  • Cost risk

Serial life cycles optimize for the feature ...

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