November 1, 2004

The opposite of RUP

Martin Fowler points out that many ThoughtWorks engagements start with a fixed price bid to establish credibility then turn into something more flexible as reality kicks in. This is the opposite of the RUP approach, as explained at length to me by more than one consultant. The initial stages, Inception and Elaboration, are charged at time and materials while the project avant garde sort out the essentials of the system. Then everything gets locked down and Construction and Deployment are developed at a fixed price. Presumably this is the bit that's just a matter of programming, so it can be shipped off to somewhere cheaper. I haven't yet been lucky enough to work on a project that stable.

Posted by stevef at November 1, 2004 1:15 AM