A good description of using mini-projects within much larger projects to produce initial valuable results and learn from those results. There is a good case study of a 16 year World Bank project. Why Good Projects Fail Anyway. From the article:
The key is to inject into the overall plan a series of miniprojectsâ€”what we call rapid-results initiativesâ€”each staffed with a team responsible for a version of the hoped-for overall result in miniature and each designed to deliver its result quickly.
An excellent article about the use of very short iterations to build a website. The Freedom of Fast Iterations: How Netflix Designs a Winning Web Site.
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