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Ship it! by William A. Gwaltney, Jared Richardson

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Selling Tracer Bullets

The benefits to the Tracer Bullet Development are enormous. However, if you’re introducing the idea to your shop, you may need to sell the concept to your team mates or boss. With that in mind, we summarize the benefits to working in the Tracer Bullet paradigm.

Teams can work in parallel. Your team can work independently once the interfaces are stubbed out.

Your customer sees the “working” system earlier, and provides feedback sooner. You can demonstrate the system as soon as all the teams have their interfaces stubbed out. As you add functionality, the new features can be demonstrated immediately. Remember that the sooner the customer sees the product, the sooner they can correct any problems in your product’s direction. ...

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