AMA: Iterative vs Incremental Development

Mario asks:

I have a question to ask your post on iterative vs. Incremental Software Development:

https://watirmelon.blog/2015/02/02/iterative-vs-incremental-software-development/

In the incremental approach, the few features implemented in all of their requirements can be changed after user feedback? Or, does this only happen with the iterative approach?

My response:

Thanks for your question Mario. This can, and should, happen with both approaches, but I’d say the incremental approach is actually more likely to get customer/user feedback as it’s a more polished, albeit smaller, user experience, and therefore more likely to land in front of users. The painting analogy isn’t the best as the requirements and level of ‘done’ are pretty clear, but the general rule is to seek feedback as soon as possible, and both approaches are designed to do just that.

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