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.
The following are the apparent risks addressed by serial life cycles:
Knowing what to do when
Serial life cycles optimize for the feature ...