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Product Analysis Jump-Start Method: Consider the Big Picture Before You Sprint into Your Project

May 2013 Presentation
Stephen LeTourneau (Sandia National Laboratories)

A presentation from the ninth annual SATURN conference, held in Minneapolis, MN, April 29 - May 3, 2013.


Software Engineering Institute



Often projects begin without a clear or common understanding of the problem to be solved or the solution that will be delivered. Sometimes projects jump right into building with the hope that the system architecture will evolve over time. There are several workshops, methods, and events available that are often ignored because they are viewed as overkill for most projects.

This presentation will describe a hybrid method that borrows from the Quality Attribute Workshop, Inception Phase objectives of the Unified Process, and Business Process development from the Lean Six Sigma's Kaizen event.

This practice can be tailored and used to jump-start almost any software project, even projects that are developed using agile methodologies.