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Ship complete or ship on schedule: pick one

Steve Johnson regularly has good thoughts to share about Agile product development; hope you enjoy his words here.

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Perhaps the main reason we were behind schedule and over budget was because budgets and schedules are based on previous experience with similar projects. We really didn’t know how much it would cost to build or how long it would take.—Tom Kelly, Grumman, on building the lunar module for the Apollo program

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I read an article that claims Agile Development has now reached the “trough of disillusionment.” It seems that executives and product leaders have started to pine for the good old days of waterfall.

You remember waterfall. We had lots of big documents and checklists and wonderful GANTT charts and status boards. And we were always sure what features would be delivered on certain dates.

Wait. What?

Did we ever hit our dates? The big lie of waterfall was that you could anticipate all requirements in advance. And that requirements didn’t change. And you’d hit your dates. And you…

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