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Managing Iterative Software Development Projects By Kurt Bittner

Managing Iterative Software Development Projects
by Kurt Bittner

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A practical guide to planning, organizing, estimating, staffing, and managing any iterative project, from start to finish. It introduces a proven, scalable approach that improves both agility and control at the same time, satisfying the needs of developers, managers, and the business alike.
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Managing Iterative Software Development Projects by Kurt Bittner

Iterative development is founded on the recognition that we cannot plan perfectly, that we need an approach that enables us to adapt to and make progress in the face of change. It is basically dynamic planning that incorporates, and even seeks out, new information. While iterative development is not a new concept, it is not particularly well documented. The basic principles of iterative development are the basis of approaches such as Extreme Programming, the Unified Process, and the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and have been introduced in a number of books, but an applicable guide, with specifics on how to actually run an iterative project has not existed. This book is that guide. Using the framework of the Unified Process (UP), Bittner and Spence present a simple, straightforward and practical approach to organizing, estimating, staffing, and managing an iterative project. They provide practices that can be applied to very small projects and yet can be scaled-up to very large programs. While this book is particularly valuable for projects following UP and RUP, the overall management framework presented is free to use a variety of approaches, including Extreme Programming, the Microsoft Solutions Framework or any other iterative and incremental development approach.

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About Kurt Bittner

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 iter ative, 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 cur rently 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

Foreword xix
Preface xxiii
Acknowledgments xxxiii


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


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


Appendix A A Brief Introduction to Use-Case Driven Development 457

Appendix B Outlines, Templates, and Checklists 481

Appendix C Examples 541

Index 601

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Managing Iterative Software Development Projects by Kurt Bittner
Kurt Bittner
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