Myth Development Is Linear

If the foundation of requirements was coherent and complete, and the structure of the design solid and stable, development would indeed be a simple, predictable matter. In the traditional, linear development life cycle, coding is a segment that begins after design and ends with test.

Yet everyone knows this is not how it is. Our budgets tell us so. Sixty to 80 percent of corporate IT budgets are consumed by maintenance, which is a euphemism for development on existing systems — systems that have already been "released," sometimes decades ago. There is not an application alive — that is, being used — that does not experience constant development. Whether called modifications or enhancements, the fact is that 25 percent of even a so-called stable application undergoes revision each year.

This indicates that software systems reflect the business, and successful businesses are in a state of continuous change and improvement. Change can be a good thing, but only if it is planned.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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