Monday, May 31, 2004

Managing Product Development

Technoflak is adding Johanna Rothman's excellent Managing Project Development to the blog roll. From a recent post:

The idea behind rolling wave planning is that you can't know everything about the project in advance, so don't bother trying to plan a lot in detail. Plan the next few weeks in detail, always staying about 3-4 weeks ahead of the project. Of course, if you know you have hard dates like end of quarter or a trade show, put those events in the schedule. But rolling wave planning is much more likely to help you achieve any of those hard dates.

I incorporate adaptive planning into my rolling waves, by using the knowledge I've gained about the project to (re)organize the work as necessary.

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