Well, green field projects usually enter maintenance(ish) mode fairly quickly, usually somewhere between three and six months in.
This isn't a bad thing, but rather a fact of life and so should be embraced and dealt with.
If they don't take on a more maintenance kind of style, it is because of a lack of one or more of:
- Short iterations (shorter than a month)
- Proper testing (and the resulting lack of code quality feedback)
- Deployment, or at least decent show-and-tell sessions with the stakeholders (and the resulting lack of design and requirements quality feedback)
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