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The Economics of Iterative Software Development: Steering Toward Better Business Results by Mike Perrow, Kurt Bittner, Walker Royce

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13…Measuring Projects Embedded In Programs

Now that we’ve covered the ways to measure project health during the essential phases of an iterative software development project, let’s consider a larger context for the single project we’ve been describing. Frequently, we must manage projects embedded in a larger program, which requires assessing project health and value delivery from a cross-project perspective. Projects that comprise a program are inextricably linked, and problems in one project can threaten the health of the overall program success. Spotting problems early enables you to address them earlier, potentially saving the program.

A program is a group of related projects managed in a coordinated way. Programs usually include an element ...

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