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Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl E Wiegers

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Chapter 5. Are We There Yet?[7]

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Are We There Yet?This chapter was originally published in Software Development, 2005, 13(6): 26-29. It is reprinted here, with modifications, with permission of CMP Media Inc.

Several organizations I’ve encountered always meet their schedules for software projects. As the target date approaches and the project clearly won’t finish on time, the team enters a "rapid descoping phase." They defer much planned functionality and release on the appointed completion date a crippled system with serious quality problems that provides no value to anyone. Then they declare the project to be a success because they delivered on ...

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