Combining critical chain planning and incremental development in software projects

A time-bound project is a project that is constrained by hard deadlines. Hard deadlines are those in which the date of delivery is as important as the delivery itself. If the project delivers after the deadline, the delivery loses much of its value. Examples of hard deadlines are exhibition dates, government regulations, a competitor's announcement and the customer's own business plans. As most of these projects start at a level of ambition higher that what can realistically be handled within the imposed time constraints, midway through the development, it becomes necessary to slash content. These un-planned cuts result in customer frustration and wasted effort. A better approach would be to define the requirements of the priority up-front, allocating their development to successive releases of the project in such way that we could be almost sure that the project will deliver all the important requirements, that the second less important will still have a fair chance of being delivered, with the gold plated o
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