End of Year Rush
There is often an arbitrary end date set for projects. Sometimes it is driven by the fiscal year or the calendar year. Budgets run out at the end of the fiscal year and sometimes political requirements drive calendar year end dates. Most of our clients impose a code freeze for the last two weeks of December as well so that moves the real completion date closer. In our experience, the rush starts at the beginning of November and continues until mid December. Projects that were never anticipated appear from nowhere and push aside lower level projects. Other projects get accelerated. No matter what the Quality Assurance and Testing is based on the risk of the implementation and should not change based on a reduced timeline.
One thing not to forget is to note the Lessons Learned from the process. Don’t let the rush of the project prevent you from making some notes as to what went wrong and what could be improved for next time. Otherwise the same situation will repeat itself.
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