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Progressive Elaboration

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Community Guide of the PMI-ACP Adaptive Planning

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Progressive elaboration involves continuously improving and detailing a plan as more detailed and specific information and more accurate estimates become available. Progressive elaboration allows a project management team to define work and manage it to a greater level of detail as the project evolves.


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Current practice

In agile approaches, progressive elaboration is achieved by short iterations or development cycles with a step of refining the backlog at the beginning of (and sometimes during) an iteration. In iterative projects, rolling wave planning is a common technique of progressive elaboration.

See also

Rolling Wave Planning

Sources & Reference

PMBOK, part 2, ch. 3, p. 565

External Links

Examples of progressive elaboration