Crossing the Development to Production Divide

Many project teams have found themselves in the situation where it seems that they are “so close” to completing a product rollout, but can never quite seem to get there. It’s as if there exists an invisible canyon between development and production that only heroic feats can overcome (images of tightropes, rickety bridges, and just making a leap for it all come to mind). Once they finally cross they’ll have several bumps and bruises to commemorate the journey. IT practitioners may find some comfort in the fact that they are not alone. A recent study by the Standish Group showed that 71% of projects are unsuccessful due to cost overruns, time overruns, or failure to deliver expected results; these are often symptoms of a lack of proper development practices (if…


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