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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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83. Lessons Unlearned

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The team recognizes its mistakes but repeats them anyway.

Which activities are important in your project?

Writing code? Definitely!

Getting the requirements right and testing your product against them? Oh yes.

Doing design? Oh, well.

Holding Lessons Learned sessions after the project to improve your work methods? Holding what? Lessons Learned? Why should we waste our time on that? We can’t change anything about our last project—it’s done. (Finally!) Besides, we don’t have time for navel contemplation; the next project is already funded, and we’d better get going.

If such reactions are common in ...

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