Any plan is bad which is not susceptible to change. —Bartolommeo de San Concordio, Florentine painter and writer
One of the real advantages of APF over other approaches is that the client is involved as a principal and as a decision maker at all critical junctures in the project. Because cycle length is so short and is so controlled, there is little that can go wrong that is not easily corrected. Within the cycle itself, not even a day goes by that the team doesn't take stock of where it is compared to where it was planned to be and adjusts accordingly. So it is true between cycles. Little can go wrong that cannot be corrected. Few dollars and little time are wasted because of the structure of APF. This chapter is really the heart of APF. It is here that the team and the client spend valuable time looking at what was done, reflecting on what was discovered and learned since the last checkpoint, and planning the functionality that will be built in the next cycle.
As you will see, this introspection with client and project team fully engaged is a very thorough process. If properly done, it is unlikely that anything significant will be missed. Figure 17.1 is a graphical display of the Client Checkpoint phase.
Figure 17.1 Client Checkpoint phase.
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