“No ideal process, or set of processes, exists” “Software processes must be selected, adapted, and applied as appropriate for each project and each organizational context.” (SWEBOK Ch 1.1 intro). No one likes to hear “that’s just how we do it”. Process without understanding leads to frustrating lack of results. Understanding factors of good process is critical for effective work across projects and for continued improvement. My working hypothesis is that effective processes are incremental, stable, and additive.