Teamwork Among Stakeholders

Many aspects of the classic development process cause stakeholder relationships to degenerate into mutual distrust, making it difficult to balance requirements, product features, and plans. A more iterative process, with more-effective working relationships






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Figure 15-3. Organization of software components resulting from a modern process between stakeholders, allows trade-offs to be based on a more objective understanding by everyone. This process requires that customers, users, and monitors have both applications and software expertise, remain focused on the delivery of a usable system (rather than on blindly enforcing standards and contract terms), and be willing to allow the contractor to make a profit with good performance. It also requires a development organization that is focused on achieving customer satisfaction and high product quality in a profitable manner.

The-transition from the exchange of mostly paper artifacts to demonstration of intermediate results is one of the crucial mechanisms for promoting teamwork among stakeholders. Major milestones provide tangible results and feedback from a usage point of view. As Table 15-2 shows, designs are now guilty until proven innocent: The project does not move forward until the objectives of the demonstration have been achieved. This prerequisite does not preclude the renegotiation of objectives once the demonstration and major milestone results permit further understanding of the tradeoffs inherent in the requirements, design, plans, and technology.

In Table 15-2, the apparent results may still have a negative connotation. A modern iterative process that focuses on demonstrable results (rather than just briefings and paper) requires all stakeholders to be educated in the important distinction between apparently negative results and evidence of real progress. For example, a design flaw discovered early, when the cost to resolve it is tenable, can often be viewed as positive progress rather than as a major issue.

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Example Modern Connottions


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Figure 15-3. Organization of software components resulting from a modern process

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