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The Practical, Start-to-Finish Guide to Planning and Leading Iterative Software Projects
Iterative processes have gained widespread acceptance because they help software developers reduce risk and cost, manage change, improve productivity, and deliver more effective, timely solutions. But conventional project management techniques don’t work well in iterative projects, and newer iterative management techniques have been poorly documented. Managing Iterative Software Development Projects is the solution: a relentlessly practical guide to planning, organizing, estimating, staffing, and managing any iterative project, from start to finish.
Leading iterative development experts Kurt Bittner and Ian Spence introduce a proven, scalable approach that improves both agility and control at the same time, satisfying the needs of developers, managers, and the business alike. Their techniques are easy to understand, and easy to use with any iterative methodology, from Rational Unified Process to Extreme Programming to the Microsoft Solutions Framework.
Whatever your role–team leader, program manager, project manager, developer, sponsor, or user representative–this book will help you
- Understand the key drivers of success in iterative projects
- Leverage “time boxing” to define project lifecycles and measure results
- Use Unified Process phases to facilitate controlled iterative development
- Master core concepts of iterative project management, including layering and evolution
- Create project roadmaps, including release plans
- Discover key patterns of risk management, estimation, organization, and iteration planning
- Understand what must be controlled centrally, and what you can safely delegate
- Transition smoothly to iterative processes
- Scale iterative project management from the smallest to the largest projects
- Align software investments with the needs of the business
Whether you are interested in software development using RUP, OpenUP, or other agile processes, this book will help you reduce the anxiety and cost associated with software improvement by providing an easy, non-intrusive path toward improved results–without overwhelming you and your team.
About the Author
Kurt Bittner works for IBM on software development solutions strategy. In a career spanning 24 years, he has successfully applied an iterative approach to software development in a number of industries and problem domains. He was a member of the original team that developed the IBM Rational Unified Process and is a co-author with Ian Spence of Use Case Modeling, published by Addison-Wesley in 2002.
Ian Spence is a chief scientist and principle consultant at Ivar Jacobson Consulting, specializing in the adoption of the Unified Process and the iterative, use-case driven approach that it recommends. He has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry, including more than 10 years of experience in managing and participating in iterative projects. He is currently involved in the development of the next generation of lightweight software development processes and is a co-author with Kurt Bittner of Use Case Modeling, published by Addison-Wesley in 2002.
Table of Contents
PART I THE PRINCIPLES OF ITERATIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT 1
Chapter 1 What Is Iterative Development? 3
Chapter 2 How Do Iterative Projects Function? 43
Chapter 3 Controlling Iterative Projects 77
Chapter 4 Are You Ready for Iterative Project Management? 123
PART II PLANNING AND MANAGING AN ITERATIVE PROJECT 157
Chapter 5 A Layered Approach to Planning and Managing Iterative Projects 159
Chapter 6 Overall Project Planning 203
Chapter 7 Evolution and Phase Planning 243
Chapter 8 Iteration Planning 291
Chapter 9 Iteration, Phase, and Project Assessments 339
Chapter 10 A Scalable Approach to Managing Iterative Projects 393
Chapter 11 Getting Started with Iterative Project Management 429
PART III APPENDICES 455
Appendix A A Brief Introduction to Use-Case Driven Development 457
Appendix B Outlines, Templates, and Checklists 481
Appendix C Examples 541