The Case of the Missing Fingerprint
February 2007- Better Software Magazine Feature Article
By Jennitta Andrea
The Spreadsheet Mystery
How much impact can a single decision have on a project? This is the story of a planning spreadsheet: the impact it had on three different projects, how the teams diagnosed their problems, and what they did about them.
All eyes were on Alpha, the first project in the company to use an agile approach. By all accounts, it was a resounding success—the customers were delighted with the product, schedule and budget commitments were met, and the team was proud of its work. Iteration and milestone retrospectives were conducted faithfully, resulting in incremental improvements to both the work environment and the process over the life of the project. Everyone gave the agile approach "two thumbs up."
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