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Iterative and User Centered

My current project is making me see more and more that iterative development with constant input from the end users is the best way to have a successful outcome.  Recently I was involved in a conference call with the end users and the business representatives.  These representatives had given us all of our requirements and we had no direct contact with the people in the field.  BIG MISTAKE!

This was compounded by the fact that the client is following a very waterfall approach with tons of documentation.  Throw in the fact that they are not willing to re-evaluate time-lines and resources after phases in the process and all you can do is bring on the antacids.

Now I am not running to throw out all of the documentation and screaming for anarchy.  In my opinion the best approach seems to be to get a well define list of the high level goals of the project.  From there break it into digestible chunks.  After each piece is delivered re-evaluate what should be worked on next.  Most importantly, get user feedback early and often.

Ok, so it sounds like Scrum.  Maybe it is.  If it works, use it.  Keep it simple and usable.  As always other opinions are welcome.

posted on Thursday, April 27, 2006 12:51 AM Print
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Tim Murphy

Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".



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