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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Incremental Life Cycle: Staged Delivery, Design to Schedule

Incremental life cycles (see Figure 64, Gantt-like picture of an incremental life cycle) shine when you don’t have continuous access to the customer and you can create feature teams to implement by feature. Incremental life cycles work even better if you have cross-functional teams so you can complete the feature with the cross-functional team. They work less well if the feature teams don’t finish all the necessary work for a feature (including testing and documentation) even when the feature team is collocated. One of the ways to organize teams for incremental life cycles is to acquire the scarce resources (people, machines, whatever) and implement those features that require the ...

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