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

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Modifying Commitments

Many projects have formal agreements to implement a specific set of requirements by a particular date. Such commitments can fall by the wayside if the requirements turn out to be technically unfeasible or especially challenging, if customers modify them, or if the stated requirements were just the tip of the real requirements iceberg. Project stakeholders must alter their expectations and commitments in the face of evolving information.

Inevitably, project realities—requirements, resources, technologies, budgets, schedules—will change. Problems will arise, risks will materialize, and new functionality will be requested. If your customers demand 10 new features late in the development cycle, they can’t expect to get the product ...

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