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Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell

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Choosing the Most Rapid Lifecycle for Your Project

Different projects have different needs, even if they all need to be developed as quickly as possible. This chapter has described 10 software lifecycle models, which, along with all their variations and combinations, provide you with a full range of choices. Which one is fastest?

There is no such thing as a "rapid-development lifecycle model" because the most effective model depends on the context in which it's used. (See Figure 7-13.) Certain lifecycle models are sometimes touted as being more rapid than others, but each one will be fastest in some situations, slowest in others. A lifecycle model that often works well can work poorly if misapplied (as prototyping was in Case Study: Ineffective ...

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