The only thing we know about the future is that it is going to be different. —Peter F. Drucker
Just as the traditionalist conducts a post-implementation audit at the end of the project, so also does the APFist conduct a post-version review at the end of the current version (see Figure 18.1). There are a number of similarities between a post-implementation audit and a post-version review, but there are differences, too. The traditionalist is looking for final closure on the project, while the APFist is looking for ways to further increase the business value of the solution. In other words, the APFist is never looking for final closure; instead, he or she is always looking for more business value. The version just completed is just another step toward increasing business value. In that sense, APF is quite like the production prototype because it consists of a never-ending cycle of repeated solution improvements. The only ending that is ever encountered is to retire the solution altogether.
Let's look at the series of actions that take place in the APF post-version review.
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