about why a change was made and may also prevent a change from being improperly reversed.
It is easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of excuses for why something can't be done. In reality, many "impossible" things can be accomplished by making several small changes rather than one big one. By focusing less on instant perfection and more on steady improvement, the changes suggested can help any project alter its ill-fitting requirements process.
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