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Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior by Tim Lister, Peter Hruschka, Steve McMenamin, Tom DeMarco, James Robertson, Suzanne Robertson

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65. Co-Education

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The project’s stakeholders understand that each has much to learn from the others.

When a project is formed, its purpose is to change the state of some system, piece of work, product, or service. That much is obvious.

However, when a project starts, it is unrealistic to expect that any one person, or group of people, knows precisely what the desired future state is to be.

For example, it is unrealistic at the start of a project for builders to expect consumers to recite all of the requirements completely and accurately. Similarly, consumers can barely expect builders to understand the ...

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