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Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell

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General Kinds of Fast Development

Different situations call for different levels of commitment to development speed. In some cases, you'd like to increase development speed if you can do it easily and without additional cost or product degradation. In other cases, circumstances call for you to increase development speed at all costs. Table 2-1 describes some trade-offs among different development approaches.

Table 2-1. Characteristics of Standard Approaches to Schedule-Oriented Development

 

Effect of Development Approach On…

Development Approach

…Schedule

…Cost

…Product

Average practice

Average

Average

Average

Efficient development (balancing cost, schedule, and functionality)

Better than average

Better than average

Better than average

Efficient development ...

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