5. The ICSM Life Cycle

“When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there.”

—Steve Jobs

Before we begin a detailed discussion of the ICSM phases, it is useful to first discuss the complete ICSM lifecycle to better put the phase activities in perspective. This chapter discusses the ICSM lifecycle, how it compares with other lifecycle models, and then concludes with an overview of Stage I. Finally, at the end of this chapter, we introduce a case ...

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