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Of course there are milestones (that leaves you something usable) in construction!

* Construction start

* Foundation completed

* Structure/Frame completed

* Roofing completed

* Interior Walls

etc etc etc.. I'm not in the construction business, but anyone with even the smallest experience (like putting up a deck) can tell you what critical milestones need to be completed. You can't start the roofing without the supporting foundation and structure completed -- nor can you put up deck railings without the actual deck floor in place.

The cool thing about software is that the order should reflect uncertainties and risks rather than physical structure. The incomplete parts can be stubs.

That's exactly what I (and the author of the article we're discussing) meant, I find it surprising that there is any confusion on this point.

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