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Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell

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Chapter 14. Feature-Set Control

Contents

14.1 Early Project: Feature-Set Reduction

14.2 Mid-Project: Feature-Creep Control

14.3 Late Project: Feature Cuts

Related Topics

Customer-oriented development: Chapter 10

Designing for change: Chapter 19

Lifecycle planning: Chapter 7

Summary of change board: Chapter 17

Summary of requirements scrubbing: Chapter 32

SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS AND MANAGERS SAY that they understand the need for feature-set control, but industry reports indicate otherwise. Developers, managers, marketers, and end-users continue to stuff so many features into already bloated products that one of the elders of the software industry has publicly pleaded for leaner software products (Wirth 1995).

The most serious feature-set control problem is the ...

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