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1. What does progressive elaboration mean?
Managing a project in phases.
Iteratively planning project details.
Managing a project by doing the activities for one function at a time.
2. Why should you plan the activities of a project with a progressive elaboration approach as soon as you have sufficient information to do so?
With progressive elaboration the number of project meetings with senior management can be reduced.
Projects should be fully planned at project start so that the organization knows the total cost and time required to do the project.
The longer you wait to do project tasks, the more they are likely to cost the project.
3. When and why would you use tolerance bands (minimum and maximum levels) on technical requirements in projects?
You should never use tolerance bands on technical requirements.
Start with the tolerance bands and progressively elaborate them to fixed targets. This allows the project team to learn what is possible before the target is set.
Use tolerance bands whenever there is disagreement between team members as to the appropriate technical requirement.
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