Project Management

Progressive Elaboration

last edited by: Phuong Hoan Nguyen on Jan 5, 2021 10:30 AM login/register to edit this page
Keywords: Agile Planning PMI-ACP

1 Overview
2 Importance
3 PMI-ACP Exam Outline Reference
4 Body
5 History
6 Current practice
7 See also
8 Sources & Reference
9 External Links

Community Guide of the PMI-ACP Adaptive Planning

Please contribute to the community. Add content here


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.

Prototypes support the concept of progressive elaboration because they are used in iterative cycles of mock-up creation, user experimentation, feedback generation and prototype revision.

Rolling Wave Planning as a Type of Progressive Elaboration

Change Requests as a Result of Progressive Elaboration


PMI-ACP Exam Outline Reference



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

last edited by: Phuong Hoan Nguyen on Jan 5, 2021 10:30 AM login/register to edit this page

Reviews (1)

Login/join to subscribe

"The reason why worry kills more people than hard work is that more people worry than work."

- Robert Frost