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Iteration Assessment
The Iteration Assessment captures the result of an iteration, the degree to which the evaluation criteria were met, lessons learned, and changes to be done.
Role: Project Manager

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Purpose To top of page

Each iteration is concluded by an Iteration Assessment, where the development organization pauses to reflect on what has happened, what was achieved or not and why, and the lessons learned.

Timing To top of page

Iteration Assessments are created at the end of each iteration. They are not updated.

Responsibility To top of page

The Project Manager is responsible for this artifact.

Tailoring To top of page

The Iteration Assessment is an essential artifact of the iterative approach. Depending on the scope and risk of the project, and the nature of the iteration, it may range from being a simple record of demonstration and outcomes to a complete and formal test record.

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This assessment is a critical step in an iteration and should not be skipped. If an Iteration Assessment is not done properly, many of the benefits of an iterative approach will be lost.

Note that sometimes the right thing to do in this step is to revise the evaluation criteria, rather than reworking the system. Sometimes the benefit of the Iteration Assessment is in revealing that a particular requirement is not important, or is too expensive to implement, or creates an architecture that cannot be maintained. In these cases, a cost and benefit analysis must be done, and a business decision must be made.

Metrics must be used as the basis of this assessment.

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