Construction Phase

During the construction phase, all remaining components and application features are integrated into the application, and all features are thoroughly tested. Newly developed software is integrated where required. The construction phase represents a production process, in which emphasis is placed on managing resources and controlling operations to optimize costs, schedules, and quality. In this sense, the management mindset undergoes a transition from the development of intellectual property during inception and elaboration activities to the development of deployable products during construction and transition activities.

Many projects are large enough that parallel construction increments can be spawned. These parallel activities can significantly accelerate the availability of deployable releases; they can also increase the complexity of resource management and synchronization of workflows and teams. A robust architecture is highly correlated with an understandable plan. In other words, one of the critical qualities of any architecture is its ease of construction. This is one reason that the balanced development of the architecture and the plan is stressed during the elaboration phase.

Primary Objectives

• Minimizing development costs by optimizing resources and avoiding unnecessary scrap and rework

• Achieving adequate quality as rapidly as practical

• Achieving useful versions (alpha, beta, and other test releases) as rapidly as practical

Essential Activities

• Resource management, control, and process optimization

• Complete component development and testing against evaluation criteria

• Assessment of product releases against acceptance criteria of the vision

Primary Evaluation Criteria

• Is this product baseline mature enough to be deployed in the user community? (Existing defects are not obstacles to achieving the purpose of the next release.)

• Is this product baseline stable enough to be deployed in the user community? (Pending changes are not obstacles to achieving the purpose of the next release.)

• Are the stakeholders ready for transition to the user community?

• Are actual resource expenditures versus planned expenditures acceptable?

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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