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Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell

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Where the Time Goes

One strategy for achieving rapid development is to determine the area in which most of the time is spent on a typical project and then try to reduce that time. You can shrink some areas more readily than others, and attempting to reduce some areas can inadvertently lengthen the schedule.

CROSS-REFERENCE

For details on figuring out where the time goes on your own projects, see Chapter 26, Chapter 26.

You can view time on a software project from many angles, and the different views produce different insights into where the time goes. The next subsection presents the classic (phase-by-phase) view, and the subsections after that present other views.

The Classic View

Most projects start out in an ill-defined, pre-requirements phase that ...

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